Are you looking forward to an urban getaway with your friends this spring? Reacquaint yourself with the streets of Brussels and the best local addresses.
Social distancing doesn't mean you can't do anything with your friends. So get your bubble together, enjoy the warmer weather and make some memories in Brussels. Walking, shopping, picnics in the parks, everything is possible, even while keeping your distance. Take all the classic activities and, with a little creativity, make them unforgettable.
*COVID info: the services of some cultural venues (reservations), shops (click & collect) and catering establishments (takeaway) have been adapted to the health and safety measures currently in place. For more information on this subject, please contact the establishments in advance.
Discover the neighbourhood around the canal
Discover the neighbourhood around the canal. You'll quickly realise that this area of Brussels is a real melting pot. With boundless ambition, creative people and residents are gradually transforming this former industrial heartland into 'the place to see'. Here's what you can see there: at the Tour & Taxis site, make sure you stop by the recently renovated Gare Maritime and its Steam Punk atmosphere! Then, if you like video games, why not pop into the brand new Pixel Museum? They have an incredible collection that will take you on a trip down memory lane. If after all that you’re feeling a bit peckish, make you way to the organic market at Be-Here, then head to La Source or Brasserie de la Senne and takeaway some of their delicious Brussels beers.
Go for a stroll along the canal to discover the area’s street art murals. Look up, some of them are hidden up high. If contemporary art and its new generation of artists are your thing, a visit to the MIMA is a must. The museum immerses the visitor in the worlds of each artist for a complete experience. The immense Kanal-Centre Pompidou is also well worth a visit.
Shopping in the Marolles
Spend the afternoon in the vibrant Marolles neighbourhood, which is home to antiques dealers, vintage boutiques and trendy concept stores. Are you a fan of vinyl? Then you’ll love the neighbourhood’s numerous record shops! Round off your day in style, by watching the sun set from place Poelaert, one of the most beautiful panoramic viewpoints in Brussels.
Stay in COVID-safe accommodation thanks to the Brussels Health Safety Label
At the time of writing, more than 40 Brussels hotels have been awarded the Brussels Health Safety Label. What does that mean? They respect the health and safety regulations in force and have adapted their service to guarantee your well-being. Some have even developed new offers: high quality room service meals, private access to the fitness centre, breakfast in your room, etc. The quality of the welcome is, as always, paramount. Find all the certified tourism sites: here.
Wander through Saint-Gilles and Forest and take in architectural marvels and cultural gems
Saint-Gilles has a real village atmosphere! Three markets animate life in the commune: the market on the Parvis, le Midi market and the market on place Van Meenen. Here you get a taste of the cosmopolitan and lively atmosphere of Saint-Gilles. The Town Hall, another cornerstone of inhabitants' lives, is well worth the detour. The French neo-renaissance building is one of Saint-Gilles' historical treasures. The commune is also known for its many Art Nouveau houses! Discover them on a charming neighbourhood walk.
Town Hall of Saint-Gilles
Are you a bit of a foodie? Pick up some of Fernand Obb’s famous shrimp croquettes and a beer from the l’Annexe brewery and enjoy them on place Morichar while you watch the skaters do some tricks and get serenaded by groups of youngsters playing music!
Once you’ve finished your lunch, discover the Brass, Wiels or Galila’s P.O.C, three major hubs of cultural life in Forest. The Brass is the commune’s cultural centre, there’s always something great on here. The Wiels, is a contemporary art centre and a dynamic venue that also serves as a place of reflection. As for Galila’s P.O.C, it’s a private collection of contemporary art presented in a magnificent setting.
Galila's POC © Diego Ravier
Spend the afternoon relaxing in a park
Wrap up your stay by enjoying a relaxing moment in some of the capital's many green spaces. Take a break in the charming little Pierre Paulus Park, which was once part of the incredible Pelgrims House. Discover Forest Park, its numerous remarkable trees and its urban panorama or escape to the tree-lined paths of Duden Park. This little green lung offers a stunning panoramic view of Brussels from its summit and a playground ideal for a quick game of pétanque!