Brussels with Bébé – Baby Friendly Places around Brussels

 Back in February, we took our youngest one, Teddy, for a fleeting visit to Brussels to catch up with our friends, Lara and Hugo, and their adorable little one, Sarah.

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There’s no reason why you can’t take a baby into Central Brussels, so that’s where we went on our first day.

First stop – Jardin du Petit Sablon – this is is a delightful little garden which is buggy/stroller friendly and surrounded by beautiful architecture. It’s worth stopping here to take in the historical significance of these two counts who resisted the Spaniards.

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Obviously, as I have two boys, we had to go and see the Manneken Pis which although surprisingly small, for such a petite fellow, he has a huge wardrobe which is apparently changed all the time. Hah I’ve just read that back – did you think I was going to say ‘wardrobe’?
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It was nice to see some murals dotted around the city – this Tin Tin one being my favourite of the ones we spotted, given its Belgian origins.

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On a practical note… if you want to take a buggy/stroller around central Brussels, I’d recommend one with chunky wheels, rather than a small collapsible. There are lots of cobbles to navigate!

Alternatively, wearing your little one in a carrier would be ideal whilst walking around appreciating some of the impressive historical architecture, such as the Grand Place.

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After such a lovely stroll (and naps en route for the babies), we were all getting peckish and so headed to Chicago Café – a kiddy/baby friendly eatery in Brussels centre.

And wow… forget worrying about whether your child will be bored, adequately catered for or comfy – this is the perfect family friendly restaurant/ Café. There are ample toys, books and high chairs. A great children’s menu and it’s buzzing with so many other families that you won’t worry if your little one is loud at all.

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The next day, we ventured a little further from the centre and went on a perfectly buggy/stroller friendly stroll around the lake at Park De Tervuren, before having a delicious lunch at another family friendly restaurant, Bootkeshuis, which is within the park.

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The babies loved their lunch here – and yay the oh so familiar IKEA highchairs were on hand for their little derrières.

On our last day, we head out for a another walk around the grounds of Château De La Hulpe – another stunning location – just watch out as to where you take a stroller/buggy – you may have to double back on yourself to stay on flat ground.

The grounds here are so beautiful though and it is free to enter, so who cares if you can’t do a perfect circuit with a stroller hey?

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We had a lovely fleeting visit to Brussels and would love to see more in the future. 
 
This post was due to go live last week, but I’ve delayed posting because of the recent attacks.  However, I wouldn’t be put off from visiting Brussels because of what has happened – life goes on and all we can do is be vigilant whilst travelling. 
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11 Comments

  1. April 11, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Brussels looks so green and beautiful. Hope things have settled down there. I would like to visit one day.

  2. April 11, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    I'm really glad you still posted this – I completely agree. And some great tips for families, I think people forget how family-friendly cities like Brussels can be. Fab cafe recommendation too. #mondayescapes

  3. April 11, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    I'm really glad you still posted this – I completely agree. And some great tips for families, I think people forget how family-friendly cities like Brussels can be. Fab cafe recommendation too. #mondayescapes

  4. April 11, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I've been pondering a trip here recently and this blog post has inspired me…. so thank youuuuu! Beautiful photographs too, as always xx

  5. April 11, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    I went to Brussels before I had kids and loved it. I hadn't considered taking them back with me but it looks like they'd have a great time!

  6. April 12, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Amazing photos and I am glad to read this post on Brussels after the recent events, it makes me realise beauty will never be deleted by acts of cruelty!xx

  7. April 12, 2016 / 11:46 am

    It looks beautiful! I can't wait to travel with our toddler. Love how you can still get an ikea high chair abroad 😉 xx

  8. April 12, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Oh my wowness, beautiful city. Fab pictures/photography. The gardens really stand out, I'd love to visit and see it for myself 🙂

  9. April 18, 2016 / 11:26 am

    I'm glad you posted this. It's still a beautiful place regardless of what happened. Beautiful family photos 🙂 xx

  10. April 18, 2016 / 11:26 am

    I've only ever stopped off in Belgium to use their loos on the way to Germany and would love to visit properly. Your photographs are beautiful x

  11. April 23, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    What a great post – and in light of the recent attacks even better to show what a family-friendly city it is. I hope that people begin returning. The Manneken Pis are so fascinating! Thanks for linking up #MondayEscapes

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