3. Top tips for culture, festivals and aperitifs
La Tricoterie in Saint-Gilles is a place I really like for its variation: it hosts events, culture, training courses, citizens’ initiatives, concerts, an organic market, neighbourhood activities and entertainment. My latest discovery is the “Guinguette du Parc Royal” but there’s no end of afterwork possibilities in Brussels. An old classic is Place Flagey, which is always busy and there’s always something happening. Le Parckfarm at Tour & Taxi is a green space that I really like for all the local and ecological initiatives that they promote. Being observant by nature, I’m aware of my environment when I go for a walk. It’s when I am walking around that I often discover new street art frescoes (ex: Crayon/Créons), but when the weather is overcast I prefer visiting Brussels’ museums, especially when they’re free on Wednesday afternoons or on the first Sunday of every month.
For lovers of culture, there are numerous cinema festivals (Brussels Short Film Festival, Peliculatina, Festival Méditerranéen de Bruxelles, etc.) and music festivals (The Iris Festival, Fête de la Musique, Brussels Summer Festival). If you fancy exploring a typically brusseleir neighbourhood, I recommend the Marolles district, where you’ll also find the city’s largest flea market. This neighbourhood is bursting with vintage shops, antique dealers, boutiques, bars, etc.
In conclusion, I regularly check the BRUZZ guide or Yelyam’s blog “I’m Not on the Guest List”.