On 25 August 1830, violence broke out in Brussels. Groups of protestors broke up cobblestones from the streets, looted shops and set houses on fire. Inhabitants of the city were agitated and joined the mob.
Most people walk straight past the two white toll gates at the Porte d’Anderlecht. But push open the door of the south pavilion and you find yourself in one of the city’s most secret museums.

Derek Blyth's hidden secrets of Brussels

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 12:03
Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels. He picks out ten of his favourite hidden secrets in every issue for The Brussels Times Magazine. These are the picks in the latest April issue.OAKOAKThe French street artist OAKOAK was commissioned in 2017 to produce…
In Belgium, a beer country, the issue of water is of national significance.
A futuristic new building with a captivating facade has recently been added to Brussel’s architectural landscape. It is the Europa building, located within a stone’s throw from Schuman Square in the heart of the European quarter. Since last year, the building has become the home of the institutions representing the…
It’s become an all-too-familiar sight on our streets – the forlorn sign of people begging. However, the official response to this apparently growing trend differs quite widely in Belgium.

The Renaissance of Molenbeek

Monday, 19 February 2018 12:16
It’s been two years since the attacks that made Molenbeek-St-Jean infamous.

Brussels Forgotten Museums: Wiertz Museum

Monday, 06 February 2017 10:36
A French travel magazine once listed the Wiertz Museum in Ixelles as one of the most beautiful in the world. And it is. The only problem is that almost no one knows about it.

Homelessness in different parts of Brussels

Friday, 03 February 2017 12:21
Recession-hit Brussels recently welcomed in a New Year, putting on a brave face. But for people living below the breadline in Brussels and the rest of the region, it can be a time of heartache and despair.
A few years ago, Lisette van Vliet’s family were forced to leave their home in Brussels. The reason was what some have branded the “massive” problem with the quality of the city’s air.