Brussels city center is filled with the perfect Instagrammable opportunities. Just take a look at #Brussels on Instagram and you’ll see over 6 million inspiring photos from Art Nouveau houses and Gothic Cathedrals to world-class street art and other beautiful things.
That’s why we created a list with those popular landmarks and unique angles, that help will you create the best photos at Brussels’ most Instagrammable places. If you’re looking for architectural treasures, or just where to stay in Brussels, don’t miss our other Brussels guides!
Instagrammable places in Brussels listed
Address: Havenlaan 86c, 1000 Brussels
Smile Safari is a temporary pop-up selfie paradise, located in the exhibition center Tour & Taxis in Brussels. It is the biggest Instagram museum in Europe and the first in Belgium.
Elevator to the Sky
Address: Zwaardstraat 1, 1000 Brussels
A glass elevator leads from the Palais du Justice down to the earthy Marolles district.
Eglise Notre-Dame de Laeken
Address: Parvis Notre-Dame, 1020 Laeken
Constructed in the 19th century and dedicated to Louise-Marie, first Queen of the Belgians, it contains the Royal Crypt. The choir of the original 13th century church is in early Gothic style and is in the cemetery where numerous well-known personalities are buried.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Address: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 1083 Brussels
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, constructed in the Art Deco style, is 89 meters tall and 167 long: measurements which make it the fifth largest church in the world.
Located in the outskirts of Brussels – in the neighborhood of Koekelberg – the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacré-Coeur Basilica) is an architectural masterpiece from the twentieth century, making it one of the most Instagrammable places in Brussels.
Pannenhuis metro station
Address: Charles Demeerstraat, 1020 Laeken
The Pannenhuis Metro Station is one of the metro stations on line 6 of the Brussels Metro and was opened in 1982.
Address: Atomiumsquare, 1020 Brussels
The Atomium is a landmark building, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Expo. It is located on the Heysel Plateau, where the exhibition took place and now it functions as a museum.
Address: Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67, Brussels
Villa Empain is one of the most impressive and emblematic buildings of Brussels.
It’s a private house in the Art Deco style built in 1930–1934 by Swiss architect Michel Polak. It was commissioned by Baron Louis Empain – son of the Belgian industrialist Édouard Empain. Since its restoration in 2009–2011, it has been open to the public.
Villa Empain is currently being owned by the Boghossian family, and is the host to multiple cultural events: from lunch time political conference to art fair.
Palace of Justice of Brussels
Address: Poelaertplein 1, 1000 Brussels
Le Palais de Justice (The Palace of Justice) is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the whole of Europe. It is currently still the most important court building in Belgium. Due to its cheer size (a total ground surface of 26,000 m²) and its location on the high Town of Brussels, the building is visible from most parts of the town.
Belgium’s most important courthouse has been the butt of jokes for decades, because it has been covered with scaffolds since 1983.
Museum of Natural Sciences
Address: Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels
The Museum of Natural Sciences of Belgium is a museum dedicated to natural history.
Its most important pieces are 30 fossilised Iguanodon skeletons, which were discovered in 1878 in Bernissart, Belgium. The dinosaur hall of the museum is the world’s largest museum hall completely dedicated to dinosaurs.
Address: Henegouwenkaai 41, 1080 Brussels
The MIMA is a museum of visual arts for the general public, determined to make a contribution to this empathetic, iconoclastic, collaborative, participatory and transversal cultural impetus that lurks inside each and every one of us and is only asking to come out.
Botanic Garden Meise
Address: Nieuwelaan 38, 1860 Meise
The National Botanic Garden of Belgium is one of Europe’s largest botanic gardens.
Its location is just 3 km from the famous Atomium, and in easy reach of Brussels. You will discover a paradise for nature and plant lovers, and a historic domain that extends over 92 ha.
Mont des Arts
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels
Mont des Arts – literally translated “hill/mount of the arts” – is an urban complex and historic site in the center of Brussels. It includes the Royal Library of Belgium, the National Archives of Belgium, the Square – Brussels Meeting Center, and a public garden.
Address: Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels
It’s impossible to talk about culture in Belgium without mentioning the Center for Fine Arts located in Brussels.
Whether it comes to exhibitions, concerts, theater performances, movies or projects concerning literature and architecture, BOZAR will always put originality and innovation first.
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Address: Galerie du Roi 5, 1000 Brussels
Right in the heart of Brussels is the magnificent Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, one of first shopping arcades built in Europe. In this solid two hundred meter long complex, amazing shop window displays lure visitors into high-end specialized boutiques or chocolate shops, and also a variety of cultural organizations.
It was built in 1847, and after almost 150 years still remains a center of grandeur in Brussels — grandeur that can be admired by everyone in the spirit of its motto ‘omnibus omnia‘ (everything to everybody), which can be seen on its overarching facade.
Akenkaai / Quai des Péniches
Address: Quai des Péniches, 1000 Brussels
Quai des Péniches is a very popular place for graffiti artists to showcase their works.