Curious about the best Brussels Instagram spots?
Brussels is known as the Capital of Europe for so many reasons. Apart from it being a genuine global city, it’s also one of the most photogenic places, attracting photographers from all over the world—beginners and professionals.
The city of Brussels is full of inspiring instagrammable opportunities: from Gothic Cathedrals to Art Nouveau buildings, wonderful gardens and unique 360° panoramic views; to mention just a few.
Looking for something futuristic to add to your Insta profile? Don’t miss the Atomium: the 103-meter-tall gigantic structure, created for Brussel’s World Fair in 1958, represents an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Make sure to go inside the building itself to explore and snap some great pics while immersing yourself in a surrealistic setting through various spheres and tubes.
Address: Place de l’Atomium 1, 1020 Bruxelles
Opening hours: Mon – Sun (10 AM – 6 PM)
#2 Mont des Arts
The Mont des Arts, which literally means “Mount of the Arts”, is an urban complex as well as a historic site and is definitely worth being part of our list with the top instagrammable places in Brussels: it includes architectural gems, beautiful gardens, surrounding museums and many more that you need to capture with your camera. Are you a romantic at heart? Then, the golden hour is just perfect for you to visit the Mont des Arts to get the best sunset views. Choose a weekday instead of a weekend to avoid big crowds (aka photobombers).
Address: Rue de Namur 10, 1000 Bruxelles
#3 Pannenhuis Metro Station
If you think that metro stations can’t possibly be Insta-worthy, you’re about to be pleasantly surprised. Brussel’s coolest and most iconic subway station, Pannenhuis, with its 70s ambience, rich red color palette and asymmetrical ceiling patterns, looks like a movie-set. Keep in mind that off-peak hours will reward you with “cleaner” shots.
Address: Pannenhuis metro station, 1020 Bruxelles
#4 Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is a picturesque shopping arcade—actually, one of the very first shopping arcades in Europe—built in 1847 and located in the heart of Brussels. With its unique shop window displays and glass-covered roof which draws in rays of natural light, the 200-meter-long complex will definitely catch your as well as your followers’ eye. If we were you, we’d visit it during the early morning hours to get the best shots of the arcade’s stunning interior (minus the big crowds).
Address: Galerie du Roi 5, 1000 Bruxelles
#5 Van Buuren Museum & Gardens
In the mood for wonderful surprises and secret gardens? Charge your phone/camera and visit the Museum of David and Alice van Buuren: an amazing house—built in typical Amsterdam School style and decorated with one-of-a-kind art deco furniture by famous decorators from Belgium, France and the Netherlands. It is off the tourist trail surrounded by green gardens that include a magnificent labyrinth as well as the Heart Garden. What are you waiting for? Get ready to stroll, take pics and follow the white rabbit in this hidden little wonderland, this is one of the best Brussels Instagram spots!
Address: Av. Léo Errera 41, 1180 Uccle
Opening hours: Daily (2 PM – 5:30 PM for individuals & 10 AM – 5:30 PM for groups). Closed on Tue. Open on public holidays.
#6 Parc du Cinquantenaire
The Parc du Cinquantenaire was built in 1880 for the 50th anniversary of the independence of Belgium. That’s why it was given its name which means “park of the 50th anniversary”. Nowadays, it has become a popular venue all year round for various events, concerts, celebrations, firework displays, etc. This public park consists of gardens, monuments, picnic tables, a fountain and museums and has a triumphal arch with three arches. At the top of them, there’s a bronze quadriga and a magnificent view over the whole of Brussels, ready to pose for you!
Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Bruxelles
#7 Grand Place
The Grand Place is one of the best Brussels Instagram spots, located in the central square of Brussels with great views and surrounded by Baroque guildhalls of the former Guilds of Brussels and two larger edifices. You don’t want to miss it since it’s not only one of the most beautiful squares in the world but has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. The Grand Place hosts festive and cultural events and in August (of every even year) you’ll find there the installation of an immense flower carpet right in its center. Pretty cool, huh?
Address: Grand Place, 1000 Bruxelles
The MIMA (Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art) opened its doors in 2016 and you can find it on the territory of Molenbeek. MIMA hosts two main exhibitions annually with a predefined topic related to new technologies and social issues like freedom, ecology, civil disobedience, collaborative work, identities, etc. When you visit MIMA you instantly get the feeling you’re in a game and, more specifically, in a video game. The works and installations seem, at first, easily understandable but you’ll grasp the complexity behind while in the museum and “in the game”. Graffiti, comics, cartoons, street art, tattooing, etc. You’ll find everything at MIMA. Most of all? Great photo inspiration.
Address: Quai du Hainaut 39 – 41, 1080 Bruxelles
Opening hours: Wed – Fri (10 AM – 6 PM) & Sat – Sun (11 AM – 7 PM). Closed on Mon & Tue.
#9 Marolles Elevator to the Sky
Craving some beautiful architecture and one of the best views of Brussels from up above? Enjoy this great combo by immediately adding the public elevator in the Marolles quarter to your bucket list. Plus, it’s convenient since it gets you directly from the Marolles neighborhood to Poelart (and vice versa). Also, keep in mind that if you walk on the bridge leading from Poelart to the elevator itself, you’ll enjoy another view of the Marolles neighborhood, too.
Address: Ascenseur des Marolles, Place Poelaert, Bruxelles
Opening hours: Daily (7 AM – 11:30 PM)
#10 Palais de Justice
The impressive Palais de Justice (Law Courts of Brussels) is the most important court building in Belgium and the largest one. With its stunning architecture and its location in Brussel’s Upper Town, the building is visible from most parts of the city. It will certainly blow your mind while you’ll be mentally transported to another era.
Address: Place Poelaert 1, 1000 Bruxelles