This old theater housed in what was once the guildhall of local market vendors is located near the stock exchange. After WWII, the building was renovated and eventually turned into a modern, soundproof concert hall. Its famous performers have included The Clash, The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Lou Reed, among others. Every year dozens of concerts take place in the AB, as the hall is locally known. For a schedule and to purchase tickets, visit the AB website.
Since Gerard Mortier became its director in 1981 (he now heads the Salzburger Festspiele), the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie has returned to the spotlight. Under the direction of his successor, renowned organist Bernard Foccroule, the theater is now considered one of the most exciting opera houses in the world. Opera here is indeed a spectacle! It also boasts a lovely bookstore where you can purchase CDs, souvenirs, as well as books.
Built in 1928 by architect Victor Horta, the Centre for Fine Arts draws together all art forms under the same roof: visual arts, music, theater, literature, ballet and an assortment of temporary exhibits. The world-famous Henri Le Bœuf Hall is a concert hall boasting impressive acoustics. The Film Museum is housed in the basement. There are 15 societies funded by this museum, including the Europalia Society and the Festival of Flanders. These associations guarantee that the center is filled with continuous events. For ticketing and event information, visit the website.
This is the house where the great Belgian Surrealist painter René Magritte lived from 1930 to 1954. Transformed today into a wonderful museum, it is now redecorated with authentic furniture and design. Musée René Magritte allows the visitor to understand how this great painter lived and worked and includes detailed information about his personal life. Those who would also like to see his masterpieces can visit the Museum of Modern Art.
A well-known art institution, the WIELS - Contemporary Art Centre is a treasure trove for art admirers. Spread across four floors, the center features artworks of local as well as internationally renowned artists encompassing various mediums of visual arts. Adding to the exhibitions of contemporary artworks, the center also organizes workshops for budding artists of all age groups. Apart from art exhibits, the center also hosts film screenings, concerts, lectures and other events regularly.
Belgium is world renowned for its beers, and where better to sample them than Brussels? On the four-hour Brussels' Beer Tasting Tour, you'll get to see Brussels' historic center on foot while going between different bars and taverns. Your guide will give you all kinds of information about the history of the city, of Belgian beer and how to taste and appreciate the beers. Your tour includes eight tastes of beer, snacks and cheeses, and a visit of the Royal Puppet Theater Toone.
One of the most prestigious event spaces of its kind, Cercle de Lorraine, also known as Club van Lotharingen, is a premier business club of Belgium. Located at Place Poelaertplein, in central Brussels, it offers stellar services and ambiance that make sure your business event is a memorable and successful one indeed. The beautiful building incorporates four different areas that are rented out for important events and occasions such as meetings, seminars, symposiums and lots more. The is club also available for private and family affairs such as wedding receptions and reunions. Home to one of the most famous dining destinations in Ixelles, Club van Lotharingen also houses a stunning bar. As such, Cercle de Lorraine boasts of several of the most important citizens and business leaders of Belgium as its members.
This is a traditional working-class neighborhood, dominated by the gargantuan Palais de Justice (constructed in 1866-1883 and until recently the largest building in the world). The Marolles now offers a wide selection of dining establishments and antiques shops. Classy restaurants line up next to smoky bars. The neighborhood is famous for its daily flea market on Place du Jeu-de-Balle, the central square, but arrive early (before 6am!) if you want to pick up the genuine bargains.
Located just across the street from the Comic Strip Museum in the city center, Art Base organizes exhibitions for all mediums of art - photography, painting, sculpture and installation. In addition to the art shows and openings, they also make space available to musicians for small concerts. There is always something going on here to check up on.