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La Grand-Place (Grote Markt)

The former food market is still a popular spot for fine Belgian cuisine and is a protected World Heritage site.

Brussels’ town square, La Grand-Place, is one of the oldest features of the Belgian capital, with roots that date back to the 12th century. Today, the market stalls are gone but the square is full of history. Make a journey to the square to capture some historic Belgian flavor in the heart of the city.

For centuries La Grand-Place was filled with lively food vendors. Its primary function was as a food market, and the people of Brussels crossed the city to buy produce from local farms. Regal buildings from three distinct architectural periods, including the ornate Town Hall, surround the square. La Grand-Place is Brussels’ most prestigious attraction and was recognized as an internationally protected World Heritage site in 1998. 

Visit the square to see some of the most important buildings in the city. The gothic spire of the Brussels Town Hall rises above the square and is visible from most parts of the city. The nearby Bread House, the bakers’ quarter of the market, is adorned by a number of spires and detailed sculptures. The buildings surrounding the square have the architectural characteristics of the gothic, baroque and Louis XIV periods. 

While the food vendors haven’t been present in the square for many years, their legacy remains. The streets that surround the square are named for the foods that were commonly sold at the market, including chicken, cheese and herbs. You’ll find several traditional Belgian restaurants on the square, although the prices reflect the central location and can be pricey. Try Turkish and Mediterranean food in the smaller adjacent streets for a more modest dining experience.

La Grand-Place is located in the heart of Brussels, and can be reached by car or metro. There is some paid street parking in the area; however, these tend to fill early since the area is very busy. La Grand-Place is open daily and there is no admission fee.


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NH Collection Brussels Centre $84
NH Collection Brussels Centre

NH Collection Brussels Centre

Boulevard Adolphe Max 7, Brussels
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lower Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue Neuve, La Grand Place, and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Brussels City Hall and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert are also within 10 minutes. De Brouckere Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bourse-Beurs Station is 7 minutes.

    NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg $95
    NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg

    NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg

    15 Rue D Assaut, Brussels
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lower Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral of St. Michael and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 10 minutes. Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and De Brouckere Station is 6 minutes.

      Hotel Résidence Le Quinze $78
      Hotel Résidence Le Quinze

      Hotel Résidence Le Quinze

      Grand-place 15, Brussels
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lower Town, this hotel is steps from La Grand Place, Brussels City Hall, and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Manneken Pis Statue and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are also within 10 minutes. Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and Bourse-Beurs Station is 5 minutes.

        MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center $66
        MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center

        MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center

        Quai du Hainaut 33, Brussels
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Brussels, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of MIMA and Brussels Stock Exchange. La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 1 mi (2 km). Porte de Flandre - Vlaamsepoort and Triangle Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

          Aparthotel Adagio Brussels Grand Place $76
          Aparthotel Adagio Brussels Grand Place

          Aparthotel Adagio Brussels Grand Place

          20 Boulevard Anspach, Brussels
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lower Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue Neuve, La Grand Place, and Manneken Pis Statue. Brussels City Hall and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert are also within 10 minutes. De Brouckere Station and Bourse-Beurs Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Warwick Brussels $113
            Warwick Brussels

            Warwick Brussels

            Rue Duquesnoy 5-7, Brussels
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Brussels hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Moof Museum and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 5 minutes. Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bourse-Beurs Station is 7 minutes.

              Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre $64
              Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre

              Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre

              Rue Du Midi 135, Brussels
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lower Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manneken Pis Statue, La Grand Place, and Brussels City Hall. Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Place du Grand Sablon are also within 10 minutes. Anneessens Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bourse-Beurs Station is 6 minutes.

                NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon $117
                NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon

                NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon

                Rue Bodenbroek 2/4, Brussels
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Upper Town, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon and Place du Grand Sablon. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 10 minutes. Petit Sablon Tram Stop and Royale Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.