Your secret place in Brussels is...

Rue de la Cigogne / Ooievaarstraat

The City of Brussels has a long history of affordable housing issues. Workers and artisans traditionally lived in stables, cul-de-sac streets that were usually named after one of the inhabitants or the traditional occupations that were carried out here.

Many of these small streets have disappeared as the city continues to expand and modernize its infrastructure. This
myriad of cul-de-sacs form the beating heart of Brussels and is often overlooked by tourists visiting Brussels. Rue de la Cigogne/Ooievaarstraat is a quintessential Brussels hidden gem.

Take a walk down the street and find the very picturesque
18th century porch. If you go during a sunny summer day, there's a good chance you'll find locals sitting outside your door enjoying the weather and a friendly neighborhood chat.

Also do not miss this Rooftop...

The Eight Rooftop is a cocktail bar located in the heart of Brussels. In this bar in the capital of Europe, you can enjoy a 180° panoramic view of the city of Brussels from
our magnificent terrace. A wide selection of cocktails and
snacks will be offered by our specialized waiters.

Of course they offer a great terrace where you can sit and enjoy your cocktail, but they also offer a great place inside the bar. You can enjoy the rooftop and its view while you are inside the bar.

The Eight Rooftop is the bar not to be missed when visiting Brussels. You can access the bar from the 8th floor of the Bedford Hotel.