Summer hotspots in Brussels with your kids

Have you decided to have a staycation? A holiday in our capital is great fun! From an urban beach to guingette cafe in a park, here are some hotspots for a fabulous summer in Brussels with your kids!

  • Summer in Brussels with your kids

  • Gaston

    When you think of the summer, you think of ice cream, and at least one a day! Chez Gaston, on Quai aux Briques in the city centre, invites you to a veritable ice cream revolution. On top of the visual delight, the originality and the good humour of the young staff, the ice cream itself is a delicious treat.

    For once, forget about the classic flavours, and let yourself be tempted by a rice pudding ice cream with Iranian saffron, or abricot and Japanese yuzu lemon, or even melon and cucumber. The terrace is the place to be to watch Brussels go by as you enjoy your delectable.

  • La Guingette du parc de Forest

    Summer in Brussels with the kids wouldn't be complete without pop-ups and other temporary summer sites. La Guingette du parc de Forest is one of these unmissable pop-ups. This delightful cabin is in the heart of Forest Park and you can sip an aperitif, some food, play, dance, do yoga, enjoy concerts or workshops, or simply spend quality time with your family. Your kids will love the wide sandy space and a whole park in which to spend all that energy while their parents relax.

  • Belgomarkt

    The front of Belgomarkt is a packaging-free shop the offers only produce grown and made in Belgium. Vegetables, fruit, fresh pasta, lemonade and biscuits.

    Behind the counter is a cute lunch bar that is illuminated by a splendid roof dome. Everyday the menu offers a dish of the day at a reasonable price. They even do take away.

    Its the perfect place to have a bite to eat before you go to the Museum of Natural Sciences.

  • Don't miss: The summer bars

  • Parckfarm

    Parckfarm at the Tours & Taxis site, is an initiative of the neighbourhood's local inhabitants. DIn the greenhouse – baptised the Farmhouse – is a canteen which offers vegetarian dishes and drinks and where local produce is the star. They have a beautiful and comfortable reading corner, and numerous board games that will keep the young ones entertained.

  • Bar Eliza

    Bar Eliza (from 29 June to 2 September) in Elisabeth Park in Koekelberg offers a pizza oven (don't hesitate to cook your own in it), films, yoga, concerts, games and a joyous summer atmosphere.

  • The delights of the beach

  • Bruxelles les Bains/Brussel Bad

    From 6 July to 12 August this amazing urban beach returns to Brussels. The splendors of Bruxelles les Bains stretch over the two banks of city's canal, which are linked by a temporary bridge. Like every year, there's heaps of things to do: you can relax in the sun, watch a film, do a bit of sport and play in the sand until you collapse. A whole host of other outdoor games are available at all the other sites set up by the City of Brussels – parks, green spaces, woods, forests and playgrounds.

  • Other places to eat well in Brussels

  • Houtsiplou

    The owners of Houtsiplou explain their establishment's name as describing an imaginary place. This pleasant restaurant with a large terrace on Place Rouppe welcomes children with open arms.

    The house speciality is burgers: the Super Chouette (with Reblochon), the Joséphine (duck magret), the Plouf (cod) or even the Classico (cheddar and barbecue sauce). Upstairs is a bit quieter and you'll find games, books, crayons and even Lego.

  • Chalet Robinson

    You reach Chalet Robinson in Bois de la Cambre by little ferry, which takes you slowly but surely to the uninhabited island in the water. On the menu you'll find burgers, meatballs in tomato sauce, spaghetti and steak and chips. The island also has a huge space for kids to play and let off steam. How cool is that?!

  • Le Balmoral

    Welcome to a world of pastel colours and home-made burgers, known to inhabitants of Brussels as Le Balmoral. This milk-bar serves very American classics and Tex-Mex dishes, like fajitas, enchiladas and tacos. On top of the usual children's menu, there's even a baby's menu that offers vegetable and fruit paps. The beautiful terrace is ideal in the summer.

  • To discover in Brussels

  • Bois de la Cambre

    The Bois de la Cambre is an extension of the Sonian forest that reaches well into the city. This 124 hectares green space is made up of a wood and a very British-style landscaped garden. Here you'll find the Chalet Robinson restaurant, pretty little walks, and paths for bicycles and skateboards. At weekends, part of the wood is closed to traffic, allowing children to play freely in the streets.

  • Copyright photos: Dingenzoekers