Anyone who has been in Brussels on a Sunday knows that it’s quiet – perhaps a bit too much. Most of the shops and restaurants are closed, there’s not too much traffic on the streets (nothing wrong with that!) and everything is moving at a slower pace. This doesn’t mean that Sundays are no-fun days. Below you’ll find some of the best ways to spend a Sunday in Brussels for visitors and locals alike!

things_to_do_sunday_brussels_brunch_smarksthespots_blog copy#1 Have brunch

As you probably know, brunch is my favourite weekend ritual. In my books there’s no better way to spend a lazy Sunday than sharing a good meal with friends or family. If you are a brunch lover like me, make sure to check my Brussels Brunch Guide as well as my favourite brunch spots in town as well as my guide on where to eat on a Sunday in Brussels. And if you’re not in the mood to go out, feel free to order food with Deliveroo!

things_to_do_sunday_brussels_free_museums_smarksthespots_blog#2 Visit a museum 

Depending on your preferences and interests, there are many different museums in and around Brussels that you can visit. The best part? Every first Sunday of the month a selected number of museums offer free entrance. And don’t forget that quite a few museums in the capital are always free!

things_to_do_sunday_brussels_park_smarksthespots_blog#3 Hang out at the park 

Brussels is a green city full of beautiful public parks where one can go jogging, take a walk or have a picnic with friends. Pick one of the best parks in the city and spend a relaxing Sunday closer to nature.

things_to_do_sunday_brussels_antique_shopping_smarksthespots_blog copy#4 Go antique-shopping 

If you love all things vintage and shopping, then head to the Marolles, an area full of charming antique stores that are open on Sundays. Admire the comic strip walls in the neighbourhood, take a coffee break at the garden of L’Atelier en Ville and explore the flea market of Jeu de Balle. Every first Sunday of the month there’s also a Vintage Market at the Halles Saint-Géry which is worth a trip to the centre of Brussels.

things_to_do_sunday_brussels_play_escape_game_smarksthespots_blog#5 Play a live escape game

This is an original and super fun way to spend a few good hours on a Sunday in Brussels! Gather a group of friends, book a slot at Escape Hunt or Enygma and get ready to become a true detective. Discover evidence and solve riddles to unveil a mystery and escape. Celebrate your success later with dinner at the nearby Knees to Chin or the Comptoir des Galeries, respectively.  

things_to_do_sunday_brussels_food_market_smarksthespots_blog#6 Visit a food market 

Whether you need to do some last-minute shopping, treat yourself to some tasty street food or just browse tempting-looking foodie treats, visiting a food market on a Sunday is always a good idea. Head to the bio market of Les Ateliers des Tanneurs, the flea markets of Place Flagey and Place Jourdan or the bigger (and busier) food market at Gare du Midi and enjoy!

things_to_do_sunday_brussels_live_music_smarksthespots_blog#7 Listen to live music

Brussels may not have a crazy nightlife but it does have a lot of local spots with live music. Treat yourself to some good music and a drink at L’Archiduc, Ancienne Belgique, The Music Village, Le Bar du Matin, or Cafe de la Pompe.

things_to_do_sunday_brussels_cinema_moovies_smarksthespots_blog#8  Go to the movies

Going to the movies is perhaps the best way to end a lazy Sunday, especially if it involves pop corn! Apart from the latest blockbusters, you can also watch avant-garde ones in one of the various independent cinemas in town. Cinematec and Vendôme are two of my favourites.

things_to_do_sunday_brussels_visit_bookstore_smarksthespots_blog#9 Visit a bookstore

While shops are typically closed on Sundays, some of the best bookshops in Brussels are open on Sundays – a great opportunity to combine a walk in the city with browsing your next great read.

#10 If everything else fthings_to_do_sunday_brussels_day_trips_smarksthespots_blogails, escape Brussels

There are many different reasons to love Brussles but sometimes, it feels great to escape the city for a while to discover other beautiful destinations. Hop on the train and spend your Sunday in Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Namur, Lille or Maastricht.

What are your favourite things to do on a Sunday in Brussels?

Sandy (@smarksthespots)