As with all GSGI links, we only add the ones we like, have used, or think could be useful. These recommended links for expats in Brussels have been recommended by GSGI editors or readers. In some cases, the links take you to a website for which we provided some of the content (so naturally we think it's excellent!).
The books and films have been recommended by our readers and editors. Unless mentioned, most are available at booksellers or on line. If you have a recommendation we should add to this list, we'd love to hear it (contact us).
Useful Links and Information
AngloINFO Belgium- Really excellent resource for expats heading for --or already living in -- Belgium, with valuable no-frills listings of everything from dentists to plumbers, schools (basic info) to hair cuts, registering your car to tax problems as well as classifieds, discussions and details about what's on in your area. Useful directories, reliable information, intuitive site....goes exactly where it says it will, in exactly the country section where you'd expect to find it.
www.brussels.be/ - Official website for the city of Brussels. Important steps necessary for moving to the city (such as registering at the population service). Other extremely valuable like what to do with your garbage, how to set up a wireless internet connection, and where to go bar-hopping.
www.visitbelgium.com - the official website for the promotion of tourism in Brussels. Area highlights, brochures, discounts, calendars, videos, and more.
www.brussels.com - Mostly more tourist information but they do have secret deals, weekly posts, a great newsletter, and you can make bookings directly through the site.
www.jenreviews.com/best-things-to-do-in-belgium/- Comprehensive suggestions about just about everyplace you should visit in Belgium. It's not clear whether this is all sponsored content, but this is still a pretty helpful list with useful links sprinkled through the articles. The rest of the site has nothing to do with Belgium (although we notice it does have some attractive shopping options generally), and we can't vouch for topics like the baby advice, but it's an interesting site, nonetheless.
Books About Brussels
Live & Work in Brussels: The Most Accurate, Practical And Comprehensive Guide to Living and Working In Brussels - by Derek Blythe. An insider's view of how to get the most out of living and working in one of the most cosmopolitan, culturally diverse and stimulating cities in Europe. Brussels is a city of opportunities for the foreigner: well known as the home of the European Parliament and NATO, Brussels also hosts some 2,000 foreign companies and over 1,000 business conferences annually. This guide includes information about finding somewhere to live and the details of daily life, plus insights on the job market - how to find a job and what it is like to work there.
Secret Brussels - by Nicholas Van Beek. For residents as well as visitors who thought they knew all there is to know about this city, this book is full of surprises: a private museum devoted to plastic, a farm with sheep, goats, and turkeys at Place de l'Yser, Masonic secrets in the Parc de Bruxelles, a surrealistic trip in a lift, a homage to the military pigeon, potholing at Koekelberg basilica, a swimming pool with a panoramic view of the city, an immense vegetable garden at Uccle, an 19th century artist's studio at Schaerbeek, a camping ground in the heart of the Belgian capital, a forgotten garden-city at Forest... Brussels is full of unexpected features and curious sights that will amaze.
Brussels: The Art of Living - by Piet Verlinde. This elegant book offers an inside look at the art, decoration, and architecture behind the ornate interiors and magnificent gardens of Brussels.
The Rough Guide to Brussels 4 - by Martin Dunford. This guide covers a range of the city's highlights, from the top museums and Brussel’s handsome Art Nouveau building to venues where you can indulge the nation’s twin passions: beer and food. It contains easy-to-use maps and essential practical information, plus reviews for bars, shopping, entertainment, restaurants and hotels for every budget. Also describes day-trips to the neighbouring cities of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp.
The Trial of Henry Kissinger - by Christopher Hitchens
Movies About Brussels
A Whole Night (1982). Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acception and rejection in the realm of romance.
Brussels by Night (1984). This is the story of a man who travels to Brussels, and meets some people with whom he spends a few days. When they all go on a daytrip to the "slanting plane" of Ronquieres, all sorts of bottled up frustrations flare up.
Manneken Pis (1995). A young man, having lost his familiy as a boy in an accident, comes to Brussels. There he falls in love with a girl who drives trams.