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In a city which is usually cold and rainy, it’s vital to have great parks where you can fully enjoy – or even celebrate in my case! – sunny days. Brussels has luckily many options when it comes to green spaces and Tenbosch Park happens to be one of the most beautiful ones. No wonder it has made it into my “Best Parks in Brussels” list!

Despite its relatively small size, Parc Tenbosch / Tenboschpark has a long history and many hidden surprises for visitors. While nowadays it’s a public park, it used to be private property of Mr Jean-Louis Semet’s family who bought this piece of land in 1885. Back then the park bore the name of Mr. Semet, a rich botanist who gradually turned the land into a beautiful dendrological garden by growing rare trees. Tenbosch Park was bought by the Brussels region in 1982 and landscaped into an urban oasis for local residents. Both its name (tenbosch = park in the woods) and remarkable species of trees though are a nod to its past.

Tenbosch Park remains lovely throughout the seasons but the best time to fully enjoy it is during spring and summer when it’s in full bloom and there are chaises longues available for free. Conveniently located close to the posh areas of Châtelain and Place Brugmann (where you’ll find ICI, i.e. one of my favourite brunch spots) and a short walk from the Bois de la Cambre, it is a great place a picnic, a quiet afternoon with your book or some fun time with your kids if you are a parent. The park hosts a couple of playgrounds, a tennis court, a petanque field, a basketball court and plenty of green space to lay down and relax. And if you get hungry, pop by APDM, the Garage à Manger or BaBa Bagel Bakery for a quick snack!

Address: Tenboschpark, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

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