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Discovering secret places in my city is one of the most exciting experiences for me and although Brussels is a relatively small capital, I love the fact that it keeps surprising me with little hidden gems. This tiny park is tucked away amongst blocks of flats and townhouses in the heart of Chatelain, one of the busiest and most well-known areas in Brussels. Chances are you’ll miss it, unless you know exactly where to enter. I actually used to live a few blocks away and stumbled upon it by chance only last year. How can you not love Brussels?! 

Nestled at the rear of the buildings on Faider Street, you enter by a small entrance, follow a path and after a few metres, there’s a little corner of greenery. It’s peaceful, well maintained and known mostly by people from the neighbourhood who won’t advertise it too much. The park is small and probably me giving away the secret won’t help in keeping it quiet but it’s worth a visit, especially if you’re looking for a spot off the beaten path to take a short walk, bring the kids, take your lunch break or read a book away from the sounds of the city. The playground is quite small but there are swings, slides, a sandbox and enough room for children to run around and play.

Faider park is open during specific hours depending on the season (between 9:00 – 20:00 from the 1st of April until the 31st of August, between 9:00 – 18:00 from the 1st of September until the 31st of October, between 9:00 – 17:00 from the 1st of November until the 31st of March). You can combine your visit with a little bit of shopping on Rue du Bailli, a cup of coffee at Belga & Co or a meal at one of the many restaurants nearby (some of my favourites: Knees to Chin, Notos, Mo Mo, Dam Sum, Marcel Burger Bar and La Fabrique).

Address: Rue Faider 86, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium 

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Sandy (@smarksthespots)