7 places to get a breath of fresh air

7 places to get a breath of fresh air

Tired of being cooped up indoors? Get out of the house and get some fresh air at these outdoor spots in Brussels, while respecting all the current health regulations!

  • Le Botanique

    Le Botanique is right next to Brussels' botanical gardens of the same name. This vast park, with its terraced gardens and precious trees, is a real breath of fresh air in the heart of the city. The panoramic view of the city that it offers is worth the detour alone.
    Le Botanique is also a cultural centre that hosts numerous exhibitions and houses some of the capital's best concert halls. It offers an intense and varied programme, which is continuing online until further notice!

    Tour & Taxis

    Originally, the Von Thurn und Taxis family founded the Post Office in this stunning building, with the City of Brussels Council later using it as Europe’s biggest warehouse complex.

    Today, these old warehouses are bristling with industriousness and creativity and host to art events, fairs, festivals and concerts. The  Entrepôt Royal, with its brick and bluestone walls, is the heart of this complex. A fine modern addition is the brand new Gare Maritime. This former station dating back to 1900 has been transformed into a grand space of Brussels paving stones, period metalwork and contemporary wooden installations. Tour & Taxis is a unique location boasting remarkable architecture and a healthy dose of greenery thanks to the park, which stretches from the canal to the Belgica and Pannenhuis metro stations.

    Parckfarm

    Behind the Tour & Taxis site, you’ll find a cosy little park, set in the valley left by the former railway line.

    Locals and activists transformed this gorgeous slice of Brussels. It’s now a little gem and a wonderful spot to spend some time. You could call it an urban farm or an ecological melting-pot of cultures; both descriptions fit the bill. Parckfarm is a series of communal gardens, a chicken coop, a greenhouse (the FarmHouse) and a cafeteria serving local produce (temporarily closed). Sit yourself down at one of the picnic tables to sample the cafeteria’s goodies. Tip: Keep tabs on the extensive programme of activities here.

    Parckfarm is reached via the Pont du Jubilé - Jubelfeest bridge or by following the park signs from Line 28 at the Belgica or Pannenhuis metro stations.

    Ixelles Ponds

    Nestled beside the Place Flagey in Ixelles, you’ll find a pair of ponds in a little park, surrounded by tall trees, and architectural gems in Art Nouveau, Art Deco and eclectic styles.

    The banks of both ponds are ideal for having a jog or a stroll. This is also a popular destination for sunseekers on summery days. Tip: Come down on a Saturday or Sunday and visit the organic market on Place Flagey.

    The Florist’s Gardens

    The Stuyvenberg Florist's Gardens were originally laid out as an ornamental garden for King Leopold II. In this wonderful complex of greenery, you will discover flowers and plants not encountered in any other Brussels park, such as the wonky-trunked acacias or the extraordinary Camellia collection. Wander between the ponds and floral borders, and soak up the calm and the colours. The high point of your visit to these gardens will be the panoramic view from the balconies! Your vista will extend from the Church of Our Lady of Laeken right across to the Palace of Justice. It's a jaw-dropping vantage point.

    Josaphat Park

    Josaphat Park in Schaerbeek has been a favourite among Brussels locals for many years.

    Since 2005, the park has been undergoing a complete renovation. The result today is a green jewel, with extensive lawns, ponds and floral borders. It’s the ultimate Brussels destination for picnicking, relaxation or a walk! If you prefer to pick up the pace a little, there are fitness route stops in each corner of the park, and you can even play a round of minigolf here. Kids will have a whale of a time in the playgrounds. If the weather is hot, your little ones will enjoy a cool off in the paddling pool, and there’s a fountain for some splashing and wading fun. What’s more, on summer days, a good range of activities and animated fun is held here, from creative workshops to music festivals and food carts. No wonder it's known as 'the park to be'!

    Bois de la Cambre

    The Bois de la Cambre is an English-style park that can feel more like a forest than a park. It has echoes of Central Park in New York and is one of Brussels residents' favourite green spaces in which to relax with family or friends.
    In the summer, it's the perfect place to escape the heat and commotion of the city. The vast lawns host family picnics and groups of friends soaking up the sun, with couples strolling along the paths of the idyllic setting.