10 things to do in Brussels this Fall-Winter 2021

By Charlotte Deprez Published 03/11/2021

With Fall well underway and the festive season just around the corner, we thought you might like a little list of things to do and discover this end of year in Brussels! Follow the guide…

Mr. Suisse x Liesse pop-up restaurant

Craving a decadent croque-monsieur? Brussels’ Kitchen and the Cheeses of Switzerland have opened a pop-up concept restaurant in Liesse, with the ambition to turn your classic croque-monsieur into a real gastronomic meal. Each week, a chef and a cheese shop will pair up to create original combinations of flavors. On top of that, they will organize cheese pairing workshop throughout the pop-up!

Ready to embark on a cheesy world tour? You have until November 22nd.

From October 13 to November 22.

57 avenue Adolphe Demeur, 1060 Saint-Gilles.
From Wednesday to Monday, noon to 2:30 pm and 7 pm to 10:30 pm.
Info on brusselskitchen.com

Hyperrealism Sculpture exhibition

Due to its massive success, the hit “Hyperrealism Sculpture” exhibition has been extended until December 12. The exhibition gathers more than 40 sculptures imitating the shapes and textures of the human body. The illusion is sometimes so perfect it’s confusing!

Extended until December 12.

Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm, except Mondays.
Tour & Taxis, 86C av. du Port, 1000 Brussels.
Price: 16€ per adult. Info on expo-corps.com.

Bright Brussels – Festival of Lights

With days getting shorter and temperatures getting lower, what about a little shot of pure light and beauty? Bright Brussels, the yearly festival of lights in the capital city, is back this fall for a special edition! Ten evenings and two itineraries in the upper part of Brussels will allow you to discover 16 immersive and playful artistic works. During 10 days, light up your fall through the Royal and European districts and the Parc du Cinquantenaire!

From October 28 to November 6 every evening from 7 to 11 pm.

Royal and European quarters.
Info on bright.brussels.

Festive dinner at Bagheera

This restaurant turns into a dancefloor 3 nights per week! Located by the Bois de la Cambre, Bagheera is one of the most trending dinner places in Brussels. In a cozy jungle atmosphere, this hybrid restaurant serves quality classics such as scallops, duck breast, tuna tartare, quinoa salad, or pavlova at dinner time. Then at some point, it becomes a dancefloor with an amazing cocktail menu. Perfect for lazy party people like us who want the best of both worlds! 

Festive dinner on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights

782 chaussée de Waterloo, 1180 Brussels.
Info and reservations on bagheerarestaurant.com

Murder Mystery Game — October 29, November 2 & November 4

For lovers of mysteries and enigmas to solve: the Palais du Coudenberg is organizing a Murder Mystery Game during which the public will solve a “cold case” of almost 500 years! Picture this: Brussels, 1521, during a party at the Palais, an important person dies under strange circumstances. Five centuries later, his ghost and those of several guests reappear at the scene of the crime. Alerted by the presence of these lost souls, the museum guards ask visitors to resolve this mystery. You’ll have the opportunity to go beneath the Place Royale to discover the remains of the former palace of Charles V and lead the investigation in an amazing “Murder Party”!

October 29, November 2, and November 4 from 5 pm to 9 pm (duration 1h30, last admission at 7:30 pm).

Place Royale 10, 1000 Brussels.
Price: 8 – 10 €. Reservation required: info@coudenberg.brussels

Brussels Artisanal Workshops (BAW)

The first edition of the Brussels Artisanal Workshops is scheduled to take place this November! The idea of this new event is for the artisans, craftsmen and shops of the city center to open their doors and show the behind-the-scenes of their everyday work to the public through various creative workshops. Whether you’re interested in cheese, beauty, chocolate or even spices, you’ll find a great workshop that suits you. Friendly tip: don’t forget to book your spot!

From November 4 to 21.

Everywhere in Brussels.
Price of the workshops: from 1€ to 50€.
Info and workshop reservations via baw.brussels.

Thursday after-works at Boeremet

Looking for a place to dance your troubles away? On Thursdays at the Abattoirs in Anderlecht, the Boeremet has turned into the place to be for festive after-works with DJs and food trucks! Cherry on the cake, the impressive covered (good to know when it’s rainy) market where they take place is a listed monument. 

Thursdays November 11 & 25 and December 9 & 23.

24 ropsy Chaudron street, 1070 Anderlecht.
Every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Entrance: 10€ including the secure parking and a drink. More info on abattoir.be.

Covered plant market “Jardin de Ville”

Plant lovers, this one is for you! On the long All Saints’ weekend, right by the Berlaymont, local actors are putting together a beautiful plant market. The “Jardin de Ville” plant market will take place under a tent so even if the Belgian weather isn’t on our side, you’ll be able to shop your next baby monstera or cactus. 

From Thursday, November 11 to Saturday, November 13, 11 am to 8 pm. Friday 12 November until 10 pm.

142-144 Stevin Street, 1000 Brussels.

Free entrance. 

Nocturnes du Sablon — From November 25 to 28

Every year for four days, the iconic Sablon district turns into a festive place with beautiful lights everywhere, food and drinks as well as local shops, artists and craftsmen there to show you their know-how. You’ll get the opportunity to experience this magical atmosphere surrounded by some of the most beautiful historic buildings of Brussels! Every year, the Nocturnes du Sablon are the best way to kick off the end-of-year celebrations.

Place du Grand Sablon, 1000 Brussels. November 25 and 26 from 5 pm to 11 pm, November from 12 pm to 11 pm and November 28 from 12pm to 8 pm. Info here

Winter Wonders Christmas Market — From November 26 to January 2

After a terrible last-minute cancellation in 2020, the Winter Wonders Christmas Market should take place this year! We’re obviously super excited because it’s not just any Christmas market, it’s one of the most beautiful and largest Christmas markets in Europe, with more than 200 stalls! 

On the long list of musts: mulled wine, tartiflette, waffles, an ice rink, a Ferris wheel, magical lights, art installations, … And on top of that, you’ll be able to admire the impressive Christmas tree (18 meters last year!) and a sound and light show on the Grand-Place, a listed UNESCO heritage site. 

Everywhere in the historic center of Brussels. From November 26 to January 2. Info on plaisirsdhiver.be.

About the author Hello there! I'm Charlotte, based in beautiful Brussels and passionate about traveling, food and photography. Follow me @thetinynomad!

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