Place Flagey, in the neighborhood of Ixelles
, was named after Eugène Flagey, former mayor of Ixelles, and sits at the crossroads of ten streets. This gives it a lively, bustling vibe, that is complimented by a variety of great restaurants and dining spots in and around it. We pick out ten of the best.
Cafè Belga is one of the most popular bars in the city and a perfect spot for spending a lazy morning working on your laptop or having a coffee, and enjoying a nice playlist in the background. Its breakfast combo order includes a sweet pastry, a hot drink, and a fresh fruit juice; there is a great selection of teas and infusions too, from classics to the special thé à la violette or thé Bruxelles.
Café Belga, Place Eugène Flagey 18, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 640 35 08
Located just five minutes away from Place Flagey, Pastelaria Garcia is definitely one of the best known Portuguese cafés in Brussels. You know you are close when the tempting aroma of the pasteis de natas starts tickling your nose. It offers all kind of local delicacies at reasonable prices. And if you are looking for a break from the Belgian way of brunching, drop by to enjoy its traditional Portuguese dishes, including bifanas and bolinhos de bacalhau.
Garcia, Avenue de la Couronne 75, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 6407956
Le Petit Canon
Bar, Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
Le Petit Canon
A cozy place, primarily known for being a bar à vin, Le Petit Canon also offers a nice selection of warm drinks and yummy desserts for a quick snack stop. Always warm and welcoming, it has a particularly good assortment of cheeses, breads, muffins, and croissants.
Le Petit Canon, Rue de Hennin 98, Brussels, Belgium
Le Petit Canon | Courtesy of Chiara Bellani | Courtesy of Chiara Bellani
La Mercerie is a grand Baroque-style salon de thé & dégustation situated in a former sewing shop. The brunch menu is served every weekend, offering both a sweet and a savory option. The breakfast choices include fortifying warm drinks (the hot chocolate with marshmallows or the ginger-flavored warm apple juice are delicious) and a variety of pastries, tapas, and soups.
La Mercerie, 2, Rue de Vergnies, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 644 21 40
La Mercerie | Courtesy of La Mercerie
La Fleur De Pain
Bakery, Belgian, French, Pastries, Dessert
La Fleur De Pain
La Fleur de Pain is a French-inspired bakery with a selection of pastries and breads to rival any Parisian boulangerie. It is the best spot here to grab a delicious pain au chocolat or a baguette, and it is not surprising to see people lining up on a Sunday morning to make their own breakfast à la française. La Fleur du Pain also has locations in Flagey and Woluwé.
La Fleur de Pain, Place Flagey 24, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 648 85 81
The SUP in Ixelles has recently opened, following the success of the first location in Saint Gilles. The winning concept of good, honest homemade food modernized with new products and interesting flavors makes this place is repeated here. The fresh soups, buns and innovative salads are definitely worth stopping by for.
SUP Food & Drinks, 95, Rue Lesbroussart, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 647 12 01
Bistro, Restaurant, Belgian, French, $$$
Emile Bistro offers two brunch options on Saturdays and Sundays until 4pm, and three different kinds of breakfast, every day from 7:30am. An eclectic place, the decorations include a series of wonderful wooden vintage radios. Located five minutes from Flagey, its has a great ambience, in part due to being slightly off the tourist trail.
Emile Bistro, Emile de Becolaan 22, Brussels, +32 2 642 96 29
Cafe, Bar, Belgian, Wine, Beer, $$$
Le Pantin is a relaxed and bohemian cafe full of warm wood and people working on laptops. It proudly serves an entirely homemade menu, including thick galettes bretonnes, sandwiches, and wafer-thin crêpes. It also has a great selection of bottled beers.
Le Pantin, Chaussée d’Ixelles 355, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 640 80 91
Le Pantin | Courtesy of Le Pantin | Courtesy of Le Pantin
Super Filles Du Tram
The Super Filles Du Tram is a fun and lively place, with a diner-style interior stacked with cartoon murals and wooden tables. It offers five different Super Brunch Menus on Sundays and the option to choose à la carte, too. Being particularly known for its burgers, you might want to consider their typical brunch.
Super Filles du Tram, Rue Lesbroussart 22, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 648 46 60