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Weekend in Brussels

TEAR OUT GUIDE

Historic yet hip, bureaucratic yet bizarre, self-conident yet unshowy, the Belgian capital is multicultural to its roots. From majestic architecture to the inest beer and chocolate known to mankind, there’s plenty to ill a weekend.

Every day is market day at Place du Jeu-de-Balle
PHOTOGRAPH: CHRISTIAN MUELLER/SHUTTERSTOCK. WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM HELENA SMITH

GRAND PLACE

One of the world’s most unforgettable urban ensembles, this enclosed cobblestone square is only revealed as you enter on foot from one of six narrow side alleys: Rue des Harengs is the best irst approach. The focal point is the spired 15th-century city hall, but each of the antique guildhalls has a charm of its own. Most are unashamed exhibitionists, with ine Baroque gables and elaborate guild symbols.

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