The Tastes of July
Moules, Beaches, and a Palace

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July on the Blog was, of course, all about summer activities – of which there are a lot to enjoy in and around Brussels. Here, then, is a recap of our highlights in the last month.

For a town that is said to have exceptionally bad weather, Brussels has a surprising amount of nice terraces, which quickly fill up once the weather is good enough. One of our favourite places for a drink in fresh air is laid-back Le Tavernier. Close to Cimetiere Ixelles, there are plenty of spots to have dinner before heading to Le Tavernier for a beer.

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Outdoor seating isn’t the main attraction at Ici Epicerie – that would be their delicious Sunday Brunch, of course – but is definitively a big plus. The same goes for Chez le Grec: Come for the near-perfect frites, and then stay a little longer for the sunshine. Not only does it have some of the best (the best?) fries in Brussels, they are one of the few friteries that have plenty – and comfortable – outdoor seating of their own.

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In our post about five of the best places to enjoy Moules Frites in Brussels, you will also find a couple of spots that offer a terrace. Chou the Bruxelles and Le Zinneke are amongst our favourites – both for their mussles as well as their backyard seating.

For dessert, head to Capoue and enjoy some ice-cream. We were blown away by the fruitiness of their Pamplemousse, which we had at their outlet on Place Flagey; you will find many more Capoue glaciers all over town.

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Feel like leaving the city behind for a few hours? Then venture out to the seaside and enjoy a day at the beaches. We made you a little guide to the Belgian coast, including walks through the dunes and drinks with the cool kids.

Talking about walks: July saw the last part of our series on the Promenade Verte, the Green Path around Brussels. You can find all seven parts and all the information you need in this post.

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One more summer activity that you should not miss: While the king is away on holiday, the Royal Palace is open to the public. It’s free, it’s fun – and it’s only on for a couple of weeks each year, so make sure to put it in your calendar right away!

Last but not least, we had – as usual – a couple of new Beer reviews on the Blog: the flemish classic Vander Ghinste Our Bruin, the extraordinary Delirium Tremens, something different with Adelardus Tripel and something special with De Ryck.

Keep on tasting Brussels!