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Brussels boasts six opera houses, the most grand of these is the De Munt/ La Monnaie. This opera house was fully renovated in 1986 and is now one of the most modern and dramatic opera houses in Europe. The Grand Foyer upstairs, where you can enjoy an intermission drink, has not really changed. The parquetry flooring and rococo décor has been retained, but the original ceiling in the main dome has been restored.

For those who enjoy a dinner show there are restaurants such as Adagio and many more all offering an excellent meal and a floor show.

Brussels nightlife does not end at the stroke of midnight. There are a number of late-night restaurants dotted around the city. These restaurants are great for people who do not want to be restricted by time when all they really want is a great night on the town. Brussels alone has over 80 bars.

The people of Brussels really know how to enjoy themselves, so it is not surprising to know that there is always some event or other taking place somewhere in the city. During the summer months there’s the flower carpet in the Grand’ Place which takes place every other year, jazz festivals, car rallies, exhibitions etc. During the winter the emphasis is primarily on the Christmas events, such as the famous Christmas Market held in early December, the lighting of the city square with Christmas lights and classical concerts similar to those held in Vienna and many indoor exhibitions.

There are also a number of late night shops in Brussels, these are mostly found in the vicinity of Grote Markt/ Grand Place. They sell anything from groceries to books and tobacco.

On weekends it is hard to know which market you want to visit first in Brussels, there are just so many of them. The bird market, held every Sunday is possibly the best-known market and also a popular Sunday daytrip for the neighbours from Holland. In PLace du Grand Sablon you’ll find the most chique of flea markets. Here, there’s an abundance of the more expensive, nicer things of life, such as paintings, antiques, objets d’art, etc.

Places to Unwind in Brussels

Bars

A La Mort Subite
Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potageres 7

Delightful 19th century café named for a dice game with long wooden benches, high ceilings and an array of mirrors are part of the charm.

Au Bon Vieux Temps
Rue du Marché aux Herbes 12

This tiny bar is like a cross between a parish church and your grandmother's living room, featuring stained glass windows and a number of clocks, all of which have stopped.

La Bécasse
Taborastraat 11

Business started in 1877, and the interior hasn't changed since, quite cozy-and always crowded. Come here for the traditional Brussels beer, lambic and gueuze.

Le Cerceuil
Haringstraat 10-12

This somewhat macabre bar is decorated with skulls, coffins and other deathly memorabilia.

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