What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

We have an active social life, between our neighbors and the school, and the occasional embassy friend. There are as many social opportunities as your imagination permits. - Feb 2019


Weekend trips to other places including in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Belgians go outside in nice weather to the parks, "the forest," etc. - May 2018


Meetup groups, volunteering, groups based on hobbies, etc. - Jan 2018


Expatclub.org is an EXCELLENT way to get plugged in right away. They offer bus trips to many places within a day's drive. There's also the American Club of Brussels. - Dec 2016


Sightseeing, movies, theaters, cultural events, restaurant hopping, involvement in the local schools etc. - Aug 2014


Same as anywhere! - Apr 2014


We work long hours at NATO so most people are ready to go home at the end of the day. Many delegations host events (e.g. national days) during business hours in the NATO cafeteria. - Jan 2014


Travel. - Jan 2014


Lots...usual big city things. - Oct 2012


Lots of great restaurants and cozy little bars and cafés. No closing time, but the selection of nightclubs aren't great. - May 2012


All good. However, the fact that the town (and country) literally shuts down on Saturday night and doesn't open until Monday morning took some getting used to. - Jan 2012


Given the size how dispersed the US Government community is here, there isn't the cohesion you find in smaller places. Everybody pretty much does there own thing. There are lots of international organization to join and it's very easy to meet other expats. - Aug 2011


See above. Lots to see and do. Make your own community. From all over the expat world. - Jul 2011


Cinema: most are in english with french subtitles, except children's films, which are generally dubbed. Also: theatre, opera, etc. Lots of dinners at folks' homes. - Jun 2011


It really depends - you can go out and party every night if you want to, but it gets old after awhile because you end up going the same places again and again. - Jun 2011


All the socializing you want to do, though you'll get to know the venues pretty fast. - Jun 2010


Singles live downtown and generally hang out together. Families live in the 'burbs' and have to hang out together because they are so far out of town! - Jun 2010


Lots of things to do here - anything you can imagine and more. - Mar 2010


A very large number of very expensive restuarants. Many clubs and pubs of every flavor. Lots of activities for all ages. - Jul 2009


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