Brussels Red Light District
The red light district in Brussels is compact and isn’t as prominent as the red light district in Amsterdam. There is activity on several streets of Brussels but mainly concentrated in the north of the central city. The dim blue and red glowing neon lights will alert you to these areas.
When you travel alone, or with children, take care not to wander these streets at night. They are normally close to major hotel chains, hidden in the dark corners of the city. If you really want to see it, take a car.
Gare du Nord
If you are taking the train and stop here, you will be greeted with the main red light street Rue d’Aerschot as soon as you exit the station. After midnight, the shops light up with blue and red neon lights. About a dozen shop windows come alive; girls writhe in glow in the dark underwear to attract would-be customers. Gossamer net curtains are behind them hiding rooms. A small alleyway called Linne also has a few shops with glowing neon window displays.
Sex shops and other paraphernalia are also nearby on the Rue de Brabant. This area is filled with kebab shops, fast food shops and night shops. Night shops stay open until the small hours of the morning supplying tobacco, alcohol and snack foods.
The closest hotel chains are located around Rogier metro; these include the Crowne Plaza, the Sheraton and the Hilton.
Boulevard Adolphe Max
At the north end of Boulevard Anspach is the Boulevard Adolphe Max. It is the quiet and eerie side of the normally bustling main street. Here there are specialised DVD shops, sex shops and cheap clothes shops. The popular English bookshop Waterstones is located at the beginning of this chain of stores.
Yes this is one of the most expensive shopping areas of Brussels but after midnight street girls begin to line the footpaths under the stark lights of the hotels and expensive apartment buildings. Dressed in short skirts and high heels, they prefer to go directly to suspected customers rather than wait in a shop window.
Although this street is well-lighted and there are a lot of people walking back to their hotel rooms or apartments at the end of the night, it’s still not recommended to walk alone along this stretch.