Brussels with Teens: Beyond the Waffles (but not forgetting them)

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Keeping older kids entertained can be a challenge when travelling. Happily, Brussels has a world of wonders to spark inspiration. Your not-so-little ones will love discovering this cool, creative, chocolate-famed city.

Postcard-perfect scenery

If asking your teen to part with their phone is unrealistic, embrace it. The Grand Place is one of the world’s most magnificent squares and a great backdrop for young content creators. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, framed by City Hall, is host to the iconic Flower Carpet, an ephemeral commemoration of a different historic event every two years, which covers the cobblestones in almost one million fresh blooms.

A Storied Setting

Belgium’s quirky capital doesn’t take itself - or its most famous statue - too seriously. The cheekily named Manneken Pis dates back to the seventeenth century - or the original did before being stolen and replaced with a replica. The 55.5cm tall national treasure delights dignitaries, who gift the little landmark costumes to add to its extensive wardrobe. From a miniature icon to a giant one, the 102m tall Atomium will more likely be met with wide-eyed wonder rather than eye-rolls. The metal masterpiece’s nine connected spheres dominating the skyline represent the atom of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.

A City in Dialogue

Brussels has a fascinating relationship with graffiti and celebrates this oft-misunderstood medium with murals, screenings, and exhibitions that amplify the story of Brussels and its people. Arrange a tour with our concierge team, or walk at leisure through this ever-evolving urban gallery, looking out for Tintin on Rue de l’Etuve.

Shopping trips and comic strips

Fashion-focussed teens will find brands like the suitably moody Don’t Call Me Jennyfer along the lively Rue Neuve, while skaters can buy limited edition boards at THE SKATEROOM on Rue Van Eyck. And what better place to explore cartoons than in the homeland of their creators? The Belgian Comic Strip Centre showcases the city’s rich history of comic book characters such as Astérix, The Smurfs, and Tintin. Extend the adventure with a stay in Hotel Amigo’s Tintin Suite, which can be connected to another room for a family stay.

For Teens with a Sweet Tooth

Does your teen know the difference between Brussels waffles and Liège waffles? They’d better sample both to be sure. Try La Funambule on Rue de la Colline and Maison Dandoy at the picturesque Galeries Royales Saint Hubert for different takes on this pillowy treat. And where better for a sweet stop than the chocolate capital of the world? Find rows of treats made of rare, sustainably sourced cocoa beans at Pierre Marcolini. Or visit Wittamer for chocolate fit for royalty (Belgium’s Royal Household collects a supply for every palace party). 

After a day exploring, return to the comfort of a family room at Hotel Amigo, where you and your teens will enjoy plenty of space and wonderful views of the city.

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