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Just like the Cinquantenaire or the Tenbosch park, the Bois de la Cambre / Ter Kamerenbos is hardly a secret spot but no blog about Brussels would be complete without mentioning one of the best parks in the city!

On a sunny day Brussels residents and visitors alike head to the Bois de la Cambre keen to avoid the heat in the city centre and catch a little of the breeze floating on by. You’ll probably also spot me somewhere having a picnic, playing frisbee or sunbathing. The park is a great place for exercising, has a Poney Club for kids and from time to time it hosts various festivals, like Eat!Brussels. One of the most beautiful features of the Bois de la Cambre is a lake in the middle of which there’s a tiny island. Hop on to the electrical ferry boat that connects it with the park and you’ll find the Chalet Robinson, a romantic restaurant for dinner also known for having one of the best terraces in Brussels. A bit further away, there’s also the Brasserie de la Patinoire, a spot I still need to try. It has a nice outdoor terrace and a playground for kids but if you’ve already tried the food there, let me know what you think! 

Looking a little bit into the history of the Bois de la Cambre, I found out that it was created by German architect Edouard Keilig in 1861, around the same time Avenue Louise was laid out. Queen Marie-Henriette, the wife of King Leopold II, often went riding in the park. I’m just relishing the idea that over a century later we’re enjoying picnics with friends on the same grounds. At the far end of the park, you’ll find the edge of the Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud which stretches all the way to Waterloo with seemingly endless forest trails, beech trees and oaks.

The Bois de la Cambre is quite easy to reach by car, tram or bike (my preferred means of transport during the summer in Brussels). Just make sure to find a shady spot and enjoy; there’s really nowhere better to while away a sunny afternoon!

Address: Bois de la Cambre, Brussels, Belgium

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