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Best Hidden Gems in Brussels

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Maison Chevalier

Maison Chevalier's distinctly eclectic style definitely allows it to carry something for every sense of style and taste. On top of carrying vintage and antique home decor, the shop also offer handmade European products, soaps, lotions, shower gels, fragrances, toys, and an array of accessories. Located in the Elsene neighborhood of Brussels, this boutique won't disappoint if you are looking for a unique gift, souvenir, or decoration.

Brussels, Belgium
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Ars Vinorum

The Ars Vinorum is an epicurean delight, geared towards true-blue gourmets. Their selection of Italian wines, cheese, conserves, flavored olive oil and specialty foods are great for a special occasion or authentic Italian dinner. Discover a range of hard-to-find items like white truffles, olive oil from Naples and more. The restaurant features a charmingly rustic, cozy ambiance, ideal for a quiet meal with a date. The menu changes weekly, depending on what's in season. You'll find dishes like swordfish carpaccio with zuchini and capers; ravioli with braised meat sauce; swordfish steak with beans and fennel drizzled in olive oil. Their wine list features a fine selection from Italy, from fruity whites to robust reds.

Brussels, Belgium
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Parc d'Egmont

Facing the Egmont Palace, on Rue aux Laines, Egmont Park is home to several sculptures. Of all the statues within, the statues of Peter Pan and that of Price Charles-Joseph de Ligne are much adored. A slice of peace and quiet amid the bustle of the city, the park makes for a nice walk or a short picnic, no matter how old or young you are. Parc d'Egmont also incorporates interesting attractions that seem like they're right out of a fairy tale like an old Gothic well and an Orangerie, to name a few.

Brussels, Belgium
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Oldmasters Museum

Housed under the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Museum of Old Masters, as the name suggests, presents a vast collection of art from the 15th through the 18th century of French and Dutch origin. This museum houses painting from the Flemish Renaissance and Baroque periods, including works by Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck, and many more. There is a museum shop and a cafe on the premises.

Brussels, Belgium
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Petit Sablon Square

Petit Sablon Square, also called Place du Petit Sablon, is a beautiful square and garden that was built in the late 1800s. The square is surrounded by 48 statues symbolizing medieval guilds, giving you an insight into how people used to live. This lovely landscaped garden also features a fountain with the figures of the Count of Egmont and Count of Horn.

Brussels, Belgium
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Sablon Antiques Market

The antique market on Place Du Grand Sablon takes place every Saturday and Sunday under the tower of the Notre Dame du Sablon church. An array of items can be found here - books, watches, glasses, candlesticks, jewelry, paintings, clocks and many more. On the historic square itself you will find a great deal of antique shops as well as cafes and chocolatiers, ideal for souvenir shopping.

Brussels, Belgium
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Jean-Felix Hap Park

Jean-Felix Hap Park is a beautiful garden park that is located in Etterbeek. The property also includes the ruins of a 16th century castle. In 1804 the mayor of Etterbeek, Albert Joseph Hap, bought the property, which was eventually donated to the city in 1988. There are many benches and tables here to lounge at. Recently, some of the park has been converted in to a educational space that showcases examples of different home gardens with a diversity of plants and native animals.

Etterbeek, Belgium
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Hôtel van Eetvelde

The former residence of Van Eetvelde, also called Hôtel van Eetvelde, is a beautiful townhouse that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Victor Horta between 1895 and 1898, this house exemplifies the Art Nouveau style that the architect helped establish. Marvel at the narrow building's use of light and curving lines that creates a unique style.

Brussels, Belgium
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Museum of Costume and Lace

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Brussels was famous for the production of lace. Housed in a renovated 17th-century warehouse, the Museum of Costume and Lace pays tribute to this heritage and to lace as an art form. One-part history and one-part beautiful art museum, it is an important stop for any visitor to Brussels and will lead you have have a greater appreciation of this product.

Brussels, Belgium
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Temple of Human Passions

The Temple of Human Passions, also called the Pavillon Horta-Lambeaux, was made by Victor Horta in 1896 in Cinquantenaire Park. The structure has a neoclassical design with a hint Horta's famous Art Nouveau style. The building was created to hold the "Human Passions" relief by Jef Lambeaux, but due to an argument between the artist and the architect the building remained mostly closed. Currently the building is only open for a short period of time a few days a week during summer. Lambeaux's large relief is based on human sins and pleasures and so you may not want to bring young children to see the artwork.

Brussels, Belgium
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Ixelles Ponds

Located in the area of Ixelles, the Ixelles Ponds are a set of two ponds that make for a popular gathering place for locals. The water here is not safe for contact and so visitors are not allowed enter the pond. One can walk along the shore and enjoy the peace or enjoy the picturesque Art Nouveau houses nearby. Sit down on a bench and out look out onto the water to admire the waterfowl or enjoy a picturesque walk around the ponds.

Ixelles, Belgium
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Children's Museum

This wonderful museum is for children aged four to twelve and is a must for every parent. The museum's exhibits help them discover their feelings, talents and senses. Professional performers welcome and guide you through the discovery rooms. These tours last two hours and can be enjoyed by both young and old alike. They are organized around themes derived from everyday life and are constantly transforming throughout the year. Visit their website for varying dates and more details.

Ixelles, Belgium
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