There are many Brussels-based venues and organisations to help Persons with Reduced Mobility make the most of the city. Organisations like Handy.Brussels offer support and tips to get around in Brussels, while the Facebook group PMR Wallonie Bruxelles helps travellers and residents by offering advice around the major accessibility issues and opportunities in Brussels.
Top 5 restaurants for all
Handy.Brussels, the travel guide for travellers with disabilities in Brussels, provides all kinds of information about accommodation, restaurants, museums, shopping and leisure centres. If you are looking for accessible restaurants, the group has visited and recommends Brasserie de la Presse (Rue Royale 100), Belga Queen (Rue du Fossé aux Loups 32) and Resto 26 (Place Sainte Catherine 26) in the centre of Brussels. Other recommendations slightly further out are Boston Steak House (Place Rogier 6), and Park Side Brasserie (Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée 24).
All about venues and events
If you want to go to a museum and avoid access problems, Choco Story Brussels (Rue de l’Etuve 41) and the Magritte Museum (Rue de la Régence 3) should be top of your list. CINEMATEK (Rue Baron Horta 9), the Musical Instruments Museums (Rue Montagne de la Cour 2) and the Belgian Comic Strip Centre (Rue des Sables 20) are also easily accessible.
Anyone feeling more curious can find other recommendations on the Handy.Brussels website. PRM Wallonie Brussels also recommends Access-i, which provides colour-coded “at a glance” information about the accessibility of buildings, sites and events in Brussels. Information sheets are available for places and events posing access problems. In the coming years, Handy.Brussels intends to promote tourist activities that are described as accessible by Access-i.
The Handy.Brussels website includes all the practical information you need to know how to get to Brussels and travel around the city, including bus, train and tram recommendations, as well as taxi and metro details. PMR Wallonie Brussels also recommends looking at the website of Brussels transport company STIB to see which metro stations are accessible to Persons with Reduced Mobility. Taxi company MBT offers vehicles adapted to wheelchair or disabled passenger access, with drivers who are very involved in the PRM debate.
The sporting life for all
Almagic is a Brussels-based company that can help you with access problems in public and private spaces. The company rents out sports equipment and scooters, as well as ramps and stair lifts.
If you are looking for the top accessible green spots in Brussels, great options are Woluwe Parc (Avenue de Tervueren) with the Brasserie des Etangs Mellaerts (Boulevard du Souverain 275), the Parc du Cinquantenaire (Avenue de la Renaissance) and Brussels Parc (Rue Royale). The famous Bois de la Cambre (Avenue Louise) and Parc Roi Baudouin (Jette) are also recommended by Handy.Brussels.
“With our guide Handy.Brussels / Brussels for All we’re aiming at encouraging “Tourism for everyone”. Our website provides accessibility tips and recommendations for people with reduced mobility. The Brussels Community Guide offers you a good snapshot of it.” – Miguel Gerez, Executive Director ‘AMT Concept’ (Access and mobility for all) asbl
Where to learn
CAWaB is a pressure group bringing together about 20 French-speaking campaigns to push for improved access in Brussels and Belgium. CAWaB can direct enquiries to the best source of information about accessibility for everything from buildings and transport to websites and elections.
For people who want games adapted for children and adults with disabilities, there is a wonderful toy library called LUAPE (Avenue Edmond Parmentier 19). With an easy-access venue in the peaceful Parmentier park, LUAPE offers music, specially designed games, and a full catalogue.
Photo by AMT Concept asbl