Strolling around the Brussels

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Brussels may not scream Speedos and sunscreen, but when the big ball in the sky is ablaze and the city’s thermometers are on the up, the Belgian capital has plenty of places to cool off.

From sun-drenched terraces and rooftop parties to pop-up al fresco food events, here’s how to enjoy the sunshine in Brussels.

Swimming in the city

When the mercury begins to bubble and dreams of a crystal-blue swimming pool start appearing like a mirage in front of your sunglasses, fear not: the hippest spot in Brussels right now is the Jam Hotel’s rooftop bar – which comes complete with its own pool. The bartenders are gratifyingly gallant with the ice in their legendary gin and tonics, so soak up the sun in a deckchair or kink and coil into a sweet summer submission thanks to one of their pop-up yoga sessions.

Outdoor Public Pool in Brussels

It's hip to be square

Sun seekers will fall in love with Saint-Géry Square, it’s a crowd-pleaser with plenty of choices between sunny and shady areas. Keep cool with a fresh juice from the Zebra Bar or get a beer in Le Roi des Belges. You can’t miss the Halles Saint-Géry – a stunning Flemish Neo-Renaissance style building bursting with the history that now houses a café and hosts various exhibitions and concerts. Once you’ve finished exploring inside, get a stoemp (Brussels’ richer version of a stamppot, mashed vegetables usually served with sausages) at Be my Stoemp and bask in the cool of the hall’s impressive shadow.

Saint-Géry Square

Halles Saint-Gér

A moveable feast

Foodies of Brussels are making the most of the city's wealth of green spaces and produce suppliers, culminating in the conception of Sauvages. This event is described as ‘wild dining’ and gives you the opportunity to indulge in local delicacies, outdoors. Always held at a different location, revealed only on the eve of the glorious mess, the al fresco experience hosts about 60 diners who can feast on a buffet of Belgian and French cheese, provincially produced spreads and a selection of natural wines. Book your place in advance. If the weather is moody, the organi ers always have a sheltered plan B.

A unique Sauvages event

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