Brussels is a city of closely guarded secrets. It can take newcomers ages to find the city’s heart. That’s because Brussels is actually a series of cities within a city. The Brussels capital region is made up of 19 communes, or neighborhoods, each with its own town hall, shopping area, restaurants, and personality. It’s worth venturing into some of the less visited communes to experience a completely different atmosphere. Explore St. Gilles for its quirky ethnic restaurants, Ixelles for its posh shopping, or Woluwe-Saint-Pierre for its vast green spaces. Contact the Brussels Greeters for free tours of Brussels by local volunteers who will show you the best their neighborhood has to offer.