a dance festival in a baroque chapel :: a craft brewery that lets you create your own beer :: food bikes selling waffles – summer in Brussels #3
THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER
We start the week with a guide to some of the music and dance festivals you can catch this summer in Brussels. Some big names are coming to town in early August for the Brussels Summer Festival. We also recommend checking out the programme of the International Dance Festival at Les Brigittines.
Music fans are hoping for decent weather in late summer when the Brussels Park is the setting for the twin festivals Boterhammen in het Park and Feeerieen. But if the weather turns out bad, then listen up because we have a brand new downtown venue where you can hear cool jazz.
The Brussels brewing scene was dead until a few years ago when two young entrepreneurs founded the Brasserie de la Senne. Now indie breweries are opening up all over town. So we have decided that it’s time to put together a guide to the best craft breweries of Brussels.
THE EU BUBBLE FOR FOODIES
They call it the Brussels Bubble. It’s the Brussels district where the European Union is based. Many people avoid it unless they work in the neighbourhood, but we think it’s evolving into a fascinating place to wander around, especially as the food scene has improved dramatically. You can find food trucks on quiet squares, cool cafés with stunning interiors and a food bike selling waffles.
Our tip this week is to check out the weekly streets markets in Ixelles, where they now sell a lot more than just cheese and roast chickens. You can meet friends at the Sunday morning market on Place Flagey for a glass of chilled champagne and a plate of six fresh oysters, or squeeze into one of the pop-up wine bars at the Wednesday evening market on Place du Châtelain.