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Belgium was one of the first European countries in the world to legalize gay marriage as far back as 2003, so you can be sure that Gay Brussels is an incredibly friendly capital city when it comes to its openness towards gay travelers. This progressive paradise is full of historical treasures, tons of art, and a vibrant gay district that will keep your party spirits afloat. On top of this, there is plenty of gay accommodation Brussels offers to LGBTQ travelers, ranging from cozy misterb&b apartments, to high-scale gay hotels.
The main gay area of Brussels is centered around Rue du Marché au Charbon; a bustling little street known for its cafes, restaurants, and of course some of the best gay bars Brussels has to offer. It's a great place to meet plenty of guys from all over the world for fellowship and fun, as you explore beautiful gay Brussels.
If you're in the city in late May, you'll experience Brussels Pride first hand. Also referred to as Belgian Pride, the event first began in 1995, and it has since evolved into a lively celebration which colors the city streets each year, with a parade and plenty of different festivals. Even if you can't make Brussels Pride, you can still check out many famous gay bars Brussels. Gems like Chez Maman, known for its spectacular drag shows, or Maison Arc-en-Ciel, the original Rainbow House, are not to be missed. Alternatively, for a chill cup of coffee, visit Le Fontainas.
You might be tempted to spend all of your time in Brussels soaking up the gay scene, but you'd be missing out if you didn't visit some of the city’s famous sights. Brussels' Grand Place is the town square, which is full of public art and government buildings. Grab a coffee and people-watch for an afternoon. The Manneken Pis is the most famous statue in all of Brussels, and as the name suggests, is a tiny statue caught in the act of relieving himself. While slightly crass, the Manneken Pis makes for a hilarious photo opportunity. There are other variations on this statue dotted around the city but you can't beat the original, so be sure to stop by.
Step outside the gay district and venture to Delerium Café, right off the Grand Place. It's home to thousands of different Belgian beers, and is the perfect spot to unwind should you happen to visit the city during the colder months. If you want to take a journey to the Flemish country, consider a day trip to Brugge, which is roughly an hour away by train. Brugge is known as the ‘Venice of Belgium’ as it's situated on a series of beautiful waterways. This pastoral city is a nice break from the big city vibe found in downtown Brussels.
In a city as progressive as Brussels, it's no surprise that you'll find the perfect gay accommodation here. misterb&b is a great place to start, as there are plenty of options for every price point and style available. Looking to mingle with a local? Lock in a stay with a misterb&b host who can fill you in on all the cool spots to visit in gay Brussels. Alternatively, if you are traveling in numbers, why not book an entire apartment? Should you prefer a gay hotel, there are also plenty of options on misterb&b, with everything from hostels to five-star boutique hotels. In any case, all are open and welcoming to gay tourists, so you shouldn’t encounter any issues finding the perfect place to stay.
Next time you're planning a fabulous European vacation, look no further than Brussels. It is a progressive, sophisticated, cosmopolitan little gem of a city with tons of wonderful things to provide LGBTQ travelers.