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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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Lodging Near La Grand Place

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Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre

Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre

Rue Du Midi 135, Brussels
3.7
of 5, from 1,119 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Just 450 meters from the Grand Place and 200 meters from Manneken Pis, this central Brussels hotel is also easily accessible from all major business areas of the city.

$119
Hotel Metropole

Hotel Metropole

31 Place de Brouckere, Brussels
4.1
of 5, from 1,208 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This grand and gracious building is a block from Brussels' Rue Neuve shops and 500 meters from Grand Place, the Chocolate Museum, and the Parc de Bruxelles.

$77
Motel One Brussels

Motel One Brussels

Rue Royale 120, Brussels
4.3
of 5, from 184 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colonne du Congres and Cathedral of St. Michael. Belgian Comic Strip Center and Museum of Musical Instruments are also within 10 minutes.

$121
Warwick Brussels

Warwick Brussels

Rue Duquesnoy 5-7, Brussels
4.1
of 5, from 899 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Warwick Brussels is a 2-minute walk from Brussels City Hall. Guests can stroll 2 minutes to Central Station, which offers metro lines to all of Brussels and trains to other areas in Belgium.

$117
Novotel Brussels off Grand'Place

Novotel Brussels off Grand'Place

120 Rue Du Marche Aux Herbes, Brussels
4.3
of 5, from 513 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Brussels hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and La Grand Place. Manneken Pis Statue and Cathedral of St. Michael are also within 10 minutes.

2GO4 Quality Hostel Brussels City Center

2GO4 Quality Hostel Brussels City Center

Emile Jacqmainlaan 99, Brussels
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Broekwijk, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of City 2 Shopping Mall, Belgian Comic Strip Center, and La Grand Place. Cathedral of St. Michael and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$252
Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo

Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo

Rue de L'Amigo 1-3, Brussels
4.8
of 5, from 280 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Conveniently located in the heart of Brussels' city center, Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo is adjacent to the La Grande Place and near the city's financial district. Central Station is 500 meters from the hotel.

$88
ibis Brussels off Grand Place

ibis Brussels off Grand Place

Rue du Marché aux Herbes 100, Brussels
3.9
of 5, from 215 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lower Town, this hotel is steps from Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and La Grand Place. Cathedral of St. Michael and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 10 minutes.