Brussels: Interesting Facts About The Belgian Capital

Despite Brussels being relatively small and less grand than most European capitals, many unexpected great things have come from this city.

Audrey Hepburn

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Remembered as the iconic British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian that she was, Audrey Hepburn was originally born on 48 rue Keyenveld in Ixelles Brussels. Although she is not Belgian, we still pride ourselves in knowing that she came from our city.

Foodie Central

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Brussels has an impressive 138 restaurants per square mile, boasting every possible cuisines imaginable and making it one of the hottest destinations for foodies. From cheap eats to gastronomic Michelin starred  restaurants, Brussels can feed and spoil for choice any and all walks of life.

A Peeing Obsession

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You’ll probably recognise this famous statue of a peeing boy also known as the Manneken Pis. Repeatedly stolen and dressed in all sorts of costumes, this little guy is on of the main tourist attractions in Brussels. But did you know that in Brussels you can also find a peeing girl (Janneken Pis) and peeing dog statue?

Don’t ask us why… It’s a thing.

The Oldest Shopping Mall

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The galleries Saint Hubert opened in 1847 making them the oldest shopping arcade in Europe. Tourists will find an assortment of high end brands like Delvaux, Belgian chocolate shops like Neuhaus and Pierre Marcolini and other artisanal Belgian shops.

Chocolate Hub

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Speaking of chocolate, we’re obsessed with it and so are our tourists. The airport in Brussels is the largest chocolate selling point in the world. Whether you’re picking up your haul in the city or at the airport, you will be met with a vast choice of famous household names like Leonidas, Godiva, Pierre Marcolini, etc.

The Biggest Court In The World

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Standing at 26.000 square metres, the justice palace in Brussels is the largest court in the world. Constructed in the 19th century by Joseph Poelaert, it is currently a candidate to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. Having been born after 1982, I have never seen this building without scaffolding, construction which is supposed to end in 2028.