Imagine a cool place where you can go hang out with other parents and where your child can play ... well, more and more of these are springing up across Brussels. Here are some popular ones:
Haricot Magique is a family-friendly 'Café Poussette' where parents can enjoy a chilled out drink or snack while their children play. The venue is complete with buggy parking spaces, and activities
Address: Avenue Louis Bertrand 22, 1030 Schaerbeek
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 to 18:00
Les Parents Terribles is a family-friendly café offering a range of snacks and a place for families to enjoy time together. They also organise workshops and conferences.
Address: 203 Chaussée de Waterloo, 1060 Saint Gilles
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:30
Garage-à-manger is a family-friendly café in Ixelles that also does a mean breakfast and lunch menu, with brunch from 10:30 to 15:00 at the weekend. There is a decent sized kids' corner to entertain your darlings while you (try to) sit back and enjoy!
Address: 185 Rue Washington, 1050 Ixelles
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10:00 to 18:00, Friday 10:00 to 21:30, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 18:00.
Mariadal in Zaventem has recently renovated its outdoor playground, and is a firm favourite amongst families at the weekend.
Address: Kouterweg 2 - 1930 Zaventem
Opening hours: see website
baboes is a meeting place and play space for babies and children aged 0 to 4, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, carer etc. Stay as long as you like and chat with other adults, and watch as your child explores and discovers. Two sites:
Address: 159 Rue de Flandre / Vlaamsesteenweg, 1000 Bruxelles
Address: 194 Rue Terre Neuve / Nieuwland, 1000 Bruxelles