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    Summer in Brussels #5

    The fashionable Rue Antoine Dansaert in the city center

    What’s hot in the Dansaert district :: where to find the best of Belgian design :: urban parks where you can stretch out in the sun :: summer in Brussels #5.

    WHERE TO FIND THE BEST SMALL SHOPS 

    The streets of Brussels are still quiet so how about hopping on a bike to check out some of the city’s most original shops? Some are hard to find, so we’ve put together a guide to the coolest shopping districts, where you can find almost everything you might want from vintage shoes to handmade wallpaper.  

    WHERE TO LIE IN THE SUN

    At the end of the week, you need somewhere to relax. We have put together a guide to eight of the best places around, where you can flop in a deckchair, drink a summer cocktail and listen to some cool sounds. All for free.

    TIP OF THE WEEK

    Make this the summer you release your inner artist. The Modesign Academy in downtown Brussels is organising a series of small summer workshops hosted by talented local designers. You can sign up for a class in sandal making by Emmanuelle Lebas or learn how to create a skirt by local fashion designer Carine Lauwers. There’s also a masterclass in leather design by Nina Bodenhorst who has an atelier in Rue de Laeken or you could join a workshop dedicated to cooking with perfume. Classes are aimed at beginners. More details on the website.

    www.modesignacademy.com