BRUXELLES LES BAINS
Summer in Brussels is nice but summer by the beach is better. Now, when these two come together, we’ve got Bruxelles les Bains / Brussel Bad! Yep, Brussels gets its own “beach” every summer between July and August and it’s a fun place to be.
After hearing about it for years, I finally made my way to Bruxelles les Bains just a few days after its opening. The weather wasn’t really sunny but it was still warm enough to enjoy a stroll around Brussels’ urban beach. I suppose I arrived with high expectations as I found the surroundings a little underwhelming. Maybe not entirely fair but for some reason I couldn’t help but compare it with Paris Plages. And while there are a few spots with sand here and there, it doesn’t really feel like a beach and the canal could use some upgrading. Not sure whether its nickname (La Croisetteke) is fair as I can’t see the resemblance with the South of France.
Having said all that, it’s a fun place to be and that’s why I decided to include it here on the blog. Besides the various food stalls and little drink stands / cocktail bars, there are loads of events and activities planned: live concerts, clubbing nights, yoga sessions, pétanque, dance workshops, literature walks,sailing lessons, clown shows and an open air cinema (my favourite! – remember this one?). It’s hard not to find something you’ll enjoy whether you fancy a bit of relaxation, quality time with the family or getting active with friends. The fact that the new Kanal – Centre Pompidou is just steps away and that there are a couple of comic walls you can see up close is just the icing on the cake!
Have you been to Bruxelles les Bains? How did you like it? Feel free to leave a comment below or let me know on Instagram using the #seemybrussels hashtag.
|Address: Quai des Péniches, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium|