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What to do in Brussels this summer 2020

After quite some time at home, we are happy to go out again and enjoy the urban vibes of Brussels.

Brussels is waking up and ready to welcome you for your next city trip. No matter if you live in Brussels, Belgium or abroad, we are sure that Brussels will surprise you also this summer.

You might be wondering what is open and what is happening this summer in Brussels? Let us share with you our favourite places and activities.

Enjoy Belgian food

Brussels is well known for its chocolates, fries, beers and waffles. And yes, they are all delicious and definitely one of the best reasons to come to Brussels.

When strolling through the historical city, you will pass by emblematic buildings and monuments, but also have the delicious smell of fresh waffles in your nose. At many corners, one of the many waffle food trucks will tempt you with this yummy treat.

For more salty cravings, you will find many fries stands scattered all over the city. They are known in French as friture, baraque à frites or friterie and in Dutch as frituur or fritkot. Nothing better than to enjoy a portion of fries with one of the delicious sauces outdoors, in one Brussels parks.

Depending on the area of Brussels you are visiting, we recommend you our favourite spots:

  • European quarter: Maison d’Antoine
  • City centre: Friterie Tabora
  • Ixelles: Frit Flagey
 

Of course, you will also find plenty of restaurants that you can try to experience the food culture of Brussels. Restaurants are open respecting the 1,5 meter social distancing measurements and with tables for maximum 10 people.

Are you looking for the best restaurants serving traditional food? We recommend you the following places:

  • St Catherine: Le Pré Salé
  • City centre: La Fin de Siècle

When the weather allows, you might go to Place St Géry to enjoy the sun and a local beer on one of the numerous terraces. You will find this popular square in the city centre of Brussels.

Other attractive places to enjoy a drink outdoors are Place St Boniface or the newly redesigned Place Fernand Cocq in Ixelles. If you visit the quarter of Saint Gilles, you can choose among a variety of trendy bars at the Parvis de Saint Gilles.

Terraces are open, keeping a 1,5 m social distance between the tables and you do not need to make a reservation in advance. For restaurants, we strongly recommend you to book your table in advance.

 

Dive into Brussels history, arts and culture

Many museums are open during this summer and a great opportunity for you to (re)discover their collections. Are you passionate about modern arts, comic strips or Art Deco? Brussels offers a museum for all tastes and for the whole family. You can see here which museums are already open or will soon be opening.

A visit to Brussels is always surprising and also this summer, the city offers some brand-new experiences. A brand-new pop-up museum will open its doors in the very heart of the city. Actually, it is more than a museum; it is an adventure along optical illusions for the entire family. Smile Safari, the biggest Instagram and TikTok museum in Europe, will open on 1 August 2020.

To make sure you have a pleasant and safe experience, please book your ticket and timeslot for museums in advance online. Additionally, we recommend you to consult the hygiene and safety measures indicated by the individual museum. Please be aware that face masks are mandatory during your visit. 

 

Shop until you drop

Besides the most popular shopping streets of Rue Neuve and Chaussée d’Ixelles, you will also find the boutiques of Belgium’s young and most creative talent on Rue Antoine Dansaert.

For the most luxurious shopping experience, the best spot is Avenue Louise / Luizalaan for you. Summer is also the time of sales, so maybe you make one or another great bargain while shopping in Brussels.

Please be aware that shops are open but some might have adjusted their opening hours. We kindly inform you that face masks are mandatory in all shops. 

Soak in Brussels’ unique atmosphere

When you come to Brussels, you will right away feel its unique atmosphere. There are so many things to discover, as Brussels is full of secrets and tucked-away corners. And the best thing: these corners are not mentioned in any guidebook but can only be discovered by you discovering the city for yourself.

How to move around in Brussels

Please be informed that wearing a protective mask is mandatory in public transportation and in stations for people over 12 years of age. You can purchase your tickets at the GO terminals, on the website, the App or at the BOOTIKs and KIOSKs. There are also contactless payment validating machines in every metro station, tram and bus. Please be aware that cash payment is not possible. 

With good summer weather, you might also take advantage of the bike sharing system of the city. With plenty of stations all around the town, you can take a bike at your convenience. Alternatively, you can discover Brussels easily by foot as well. In the city centre, nothing is far and you can easily walk to see the majority of sights.

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