A Bird’s Eye View of Brussels from the Musical Instrument Museum

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In my last post, I wrote about visit the Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels. I mentioned that there is a restaurant on the top floor (Restauration Nouvelle) and that it’s free to visit (when the museum is open of course). What I didn’t mention is that the restaurant has some pretty spectacular views of the city. This restaurant is a great place to visit if you are looking to get a bird’s eye view of Brussels.

View of Brussels, Belgium.

A view of Brussels from above. The tall spire is the Brussels Town Hall, which is at Grand Place/Grote Markt, the main square of Brussels.

I  found out about this restaurant while on a free walking (free before you tip the guide). I knew about the Musical Instrument Museum but wouldn’t have known the restaurant had such beautiful views of the city. Technically this view wasn’t entirely free for me (I bought a soft drink and had a chat with a fellow traveller from the walking tour), but you don’t have to pay to get up to the restaurant for the view. If you’re not visiting the museum you can still go to the restaurant for free (just let the reception know). If you have more time in Brussels, you can visit the Atomium, which was built for the 1958 World’s Fair. They have a restaurant at the Atomium with views of the city. It’s not right in the centre of Brussels, and with my lack of time, I decided to skip seeing the Atomium. I think I got a pretty sweet view from where I was.

Things You Should Know
Restauration Nouvelle at the MIM is on the top floor of the Musical Instrument Museum. Here’s a link to the map of the area. If you just want to go to the restaurant just tell the reception and you can go up the elevator. The restaurant is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 am Tuesday to Sunday and closes Mondays. If you’re looking to get some photos to arrive early in the day. 
The walking tour (where I found out about the restaurant) was with Viva’s Tours. Their City Centre Tour meets at Grand Place/Grote Markt at 10 am 1:30 pm, and 4 pm daily. There are tours in English and Spanish, and each tour is about 2 hours. It’s free, but tips for guides are encouraged.
While in Brussels I stayed at the BRXXL5 City Centre Hostel, which was an exceptional budget accommodation option. A clean, modern hostel that’s close to the Zuid-Midi Metro station, and a 5-minute walk to the main centre of Brussels (Grand Place/Grote Markt). I paid for my stay here. If you are not on a budget there are plenty of hotels in Brussels you can book here.

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2 comments on “A Bird’s Eye View of Brussels from the Musical Instrument Museum

  1. Hi Alouise,

    Lovely views there, in Brussels. Especially from so high up, in the air, up there.

    I’ve not been to Brussels but do stake out high rises in rocking cities to see the bird’s eye view. I also do so in more tropical locales, finding a cliff that overlooks the ocean of whatever.

    Awesome way to get a feel for a fabulous view and also for what an area has to offer, when looking from a vantage point hundreds of even thousands of feet high, in some cases.

    We are heading to NYC in a few days on a house sit. It may be time to take the hike up the Freedom Tower, as I used to visit the Twin Towers as a kid some 30 years ago but have yet to enjoy a bird’s eye view above NYC from the new building.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • I always love getting that bird’s eye view, and if you can do that in a tropical paradise then even better.

      I haven’t been to the Freedom Tower in New York yet (it wasn’t finished the last time I was there), but I’m sure there’ll be some spectacular views. I remember enjoying going up to Top of the Rock cause it was less crowded than the Empire State Building.

      Thanks for the comment.

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