Where to find the best Brussels Street Art

We have just returned to London from a short visit that saw us travel to the Belgian capital Brussels, those of you following us on our Hookedblog Instagram account will have already seen some of our daily #HookedblogOnTour Brussels street art adventures shared on our Instagram Stories.

For those who missed the stories of our Brussels adventures as they were unfolding live, we have put together this blog post sharing some of the wonderful large-scale murals and Belgian street art highlights from the city visit.

Brussels Street Art and Comic Murals

One of the many Brussels comic street art murals located around the city.

Brussels Street Art Adventure

For those of you who missed our Brussels street art stories, we will be sharing some images from our trip over a few blog posts in the next few days. This Belgian trip was our second trip to Brussels this year, Hookedblog was here earlier in the year briefly en route to the coastal town of Oostende for this year's edition of the impressive The Crystal Ship contemporary art festival.

We had originally planned to attend the opening party of the new Brussels museum MIMA's, and their launch exhibition 'City Lights' featuring installations and work by American street artists Swoon, Faile, MOMO, and Maya Hyuke.

All the artists were in Brussels installing their work and were set to be present for the show opening but the Museum postponed the official March opening due to unforeseen events. We changed the dates of our tickets and visited Oostende instead- but make a plan to return to Belgium at a later date to visit the museum.

With a Eurostar ticket sale, we were able to pick up inexpensive tickets to return to Brussels and finally visit the new MIMA museum space and take in some of the city sights along with a healthy dose of Brussels Street Art.

Street Art City Guide to Brussels, Belgium. #streetart #Murals #Brussels

Brussels Street Art Highlights

Walking around the city it wasn't long before we were spotting some of the city's street art. One of the first works we discovered was a series of French street artist Invader's mosaic street artworks high above the tourists, many oblivious of their presence.

A number of the Paris-based artists' mosaic works are located at many of the city's iconic tourist spots, so be sure to look up as you travel around! Alongside the street art murals, Brussels has a rich history of Comic Strip Art and there are also a huge number of large-scale comic strip-related murals painted right across the city.

Brussels has its very own museum dedicated to comic strip art, and the Belgian Comic Strip Centre offers tours specifically for these murals but for us, we were more interested in the other street art murals works that were to be found on the streets.

In between coffee spots (OR Espresso Bar and Cafe Du Salon were two highlights) chocolate shops ( Pierre Marconi's flagship store at the Place du Grand Salon, which is also to be found in London, which could be a little dangerous), and more than a few Belgian beers we did a lot of walking around Brussels. 

Street Artists, You Will Find in Brussels

Walking the city is probably one of the best ways to discover some of the best street art in Brussels. While we did have addresses for some key iconic city pieces such as the mural work of Belgian street art ROA and the Manneken Pis Invader mosaic piece a lot of the other street artworks pieces we discovered while exploring the city on foot.

Street Artists whose works we found during our Brussels visit included street artworks from some of the following; Kashink (Fr), NY Graffiti writer Smells (USA), ROA (BE), Jeff Aersol (Fr), Faile (USA), Colombian artist Gleo (CO), Alëxone (FR), Above (USA), ezbai, Otto Schade (CL) and Clet Abraham (FR).

See some of what we captured while we were in the town below,  along with their street locations for those of you planning a visit to Brussels so you too can find the very best street art in Brussels.

And stayed tuned for more from our Belgian adventures, we have a few more planned posts which will include our photos from the MIMA Museum, the full set of Invader pieces we flashed while in town, and last but not least a post on our trip to Doel, the graffiti ghost town located just outside Antwerp!

Discover some of the best Brussels Street Art - Invader

Street Artist Invader in Brussels 

Located at the most famous tourist stop in Brussels, French street artist Invaders mosaic artwork titled 'Invader BXL_05'  would appear to be urinating pixels down on all the Brussels tourists below who are all too focused on photographing the iconic bronze sculpture Manneken Pis, depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain below! 

The Invader mosaic work and Manneken Pis are located close to the Grand Place on rue de l'etude 31, Brussels

French street artist Jef Aerosol life-sized street art in Brussels

Life-sized stencil street art by French artist Jeff Aerosol in Brussels, Belgium.

Discover some of the best Brussels Street Art - Jeff Aerosol

Jef Aerosol Brussels Street Art

Life-sized street art stencil of musician Bruce Springsteen painted by French street artist Jef Aerosol spray painted fittingly on the side of a second-hand record shop located at 7 Rue du Chên.

The French street artist has also decorated the entire front of the Arlequin music store which would suggest Aerosol had permission from the record store owners to install the works on the building.

The storefront features stencils of musical legends such as John Lennon, Jim Morrison & Bob Dylan as well as Jimi Hendrix. Find these works at Rue du Chêne 7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium.

Discover some of the best Brussels Street Art - Clet Abraham

Artist Clet Abraham's altered street signs are one of many we found during our visit to Brussels.

Clet Abraham Brussels Street Art

One of the many altered Street signs by Italian-based French street artist Clet Abraham we spotted while walking around the city streets. This prolific artist's street artwork can be seen in many European cities from Rome to Paris and London to name a few. 

Unfortunately, we don't remember exactly where we saw this altered sign pictured above, but be sure to look up while walking around there are lots of street art pieces that are not at eye level and we came across several of the artist-altered street signs during our visit.

There are also a large number of paste-ups and mosaics such as Invaders work at this higher level.

Brussels Street Art - Invader Mosaic BXL_02

Invader Street Art in Brussels

Pictured above is one of the larger mosaics still up around Brussels by French Street Artist Invader. This one is titled Invader BXL_02 for those of you playing the global street art game and using the artists' Invader Flash App. Fashing this Brussels Street Art Invader piece will get you 50 points playing his Flash Invader game.

The Invader BXL_02 mosaic is located just above the Het Zinneke bronze sculpture by Tom Frantzen, or urinating dog to you and me, and one of the peeing trio of sculptures located around Brussels.

Find this Invader work at Rue des Chartreux 35 Kartuizersstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Street Artist Invader Brussels Mosaics

This and the Invader mosaic is located at Rue des Chartreux 35, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium.

FlashInvaders App

According to the artist Invaders' FlashInvaders App, there are a grand total of 40 Invader Brussels Street Art pieces to be found right across the city. You can see in our Flash app gallery above, we managed to locate and flash a total of 12 of the 40 works in Brussels, not a bad effort on our part. We suggest you keep your eye peeled and of course be sure to look up! 

Should you want to join in, we suggest you download the artist app available on Android and iOS. You can read more about the 'FlashInvaders' app in this dedicated post we created about the release in this post : 
Street Artist Invader launches App.

The street artist's app works not only in Brussels but across all the cities the French street artist has invaded. Download the app and see if he has invaded your city with his mosaic street artwork.

Discover some of the best Brussels Street Art - Smells and kashink

Kashink / SMELLS Graffiti in Brussels

Some quick pieces from Paris street artist Kashink and NY Graffiti writer Smells along this wall are pictured above.

Discover some of the best Brussels Street Art

Unknown Artist? 

Not far from the skate park located on Rue des Ursulines we found this work by an artist unknown to us ( if you know the artist let us know). The wall next to it also features the remains of what was once a ROA (see below) which was missing the head, all that remained were feathers and legs!

The street was also lined with parked box trucks all of which were covered in graffiti.

Discover some of the best Brussels Street Art

Discover some of the best Brussels Street Art - ROA

Belgian Street Artist ROA

Four Sleeping pigs! Classic work from Belgian street artist ROA, who is without a doubt possibly the most famous street artist in Belgium. 

This large-scale black and white mural are located in the heart of the city, painted in 2008 we believe, and looks like it could have been painted yesterday the lines we still so crisp on the work.

This beautiful ROA work is located on Lollepotstraat/rue de la Chaufferette where you will also see some smaller paste-ups / stickers and stencils by a number of other street artists.

French Street Artist Alexone Dizac mural in Brussels

French Street Artist Alëxone in Brussels

This Alëxone Dizac mural is slowly evolving as graffiti writers tag over the lower levels of the work with the artist's own spray can wielding characters looking as if they are spraying the tags over themselves.

The work is located under one of the train lines on Rue Roger van der Weyden where there are also a series of works by other street artists to discover.

American Street Art Tavar Zawacki aka Above mural in Brussels

Long-standing mural by American artist Tavar Zawacki aka Above pictured above, located on Rue Philippe de Champagne, Brussels.

American Street Art Tavar Zawacki aka Above

An Above arrow mural was painted way back in 2005 and still looks fresh in 2016 despite the addition of all the tags which have added an extra dimension to the work. This mural from the American street artist can be found on Rue Philippe de Champagne / 27 Philippe de Champagnestraat, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium.

Discover some of the best Brussels Street Art

The work of artist Spear pictured above painted high above the city on the upper levels of this building located on Rue de Namur 14, Brussels.

So there you have it our quick round-up of some of the street art highlights we discovered while in Brussels for a few days with the locations should you happen to be visiting the city.

This was really just a small sample of artwork and all of the Brusells street art we shared was photographed in the city centre, there is still plenty left for us to explore on our next visit.

Have you been to Brussels? If there is anything we have left out! If you discover anything new feel free to let us know about it, leave a comment, or email us!

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