Between the rain and the suits, Brussels often gets a bad rep. But look past that and you’ll soon find the capital is rife with off-kilter charm. From historic buildings to trendy taprooms, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite locations – most of which are reachable by tram. Hop on.
The Brussels Beer Project has just opened its second venue on Rue du Bailli. Its airy interiors have transformed the former pub’s dark-and-dingy atmosphere, the building now flooded with light. As for the menu, expect a range of options, from passionfruit and mango brew Jungle Joy to the hoppy Wunder Lager. Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado or just in the mood for an unfussy drink, BBP is sure to have something for you.Rue du Bailli 1/A, 1000
This space hosts exhibitions on the history of Belgian design, from the nation’s Art Nouveau pieces to post-war functionalism, through a selection of rotating items. Recent additions include a 1950s standing lamp by Marcel-Louis Baugniet and a chair designed by architect Renaat Braem. The museum also does one-off events and open-air documentary nights, so keep your eyes peeled for screenings in the next couple of weeks. This month’s picks include Design is One and The Women of Bauhaus.Trade Mart Brussels, Belgiëplein 1
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Images: Isabelle Arthuis. Cover image: Alamy