Marolles (or Marollen in Flemish) lies in the southern boundary of Brussels’ authentic old district. Renowned for its historic connection to the Middle Ages, the flea market in Place Jeu de Balle, flourishing antique dealers and second-hand shops, this is the perfect area where to have a weekend stroll. So, why not pair this activity with a gourmand retreat? Either a breakfast or a brunch, here’s our selected breakfast and brunch picks in the Marolles neighborhood. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.
The area is buzzing with activities, which is proved by the new places that open everyday. Let us welcome you to the first of these places: Café Capitale. Opened at the end of March, this cozy place not only offers you a great breakfast list made up of granola, bagels and a wide array of cakes (all rigorously homemade), but also a small shop selling all you may need related to coffee. Enjoy a delicious espresso with beans freshly roasted in the backroom in one of the comfy armchairs, while listening to the hypnotizing vinyl selection or reading a book.
Opening Hours: Wed – Sun: 8:30 am – 6pm
Café Capitale, rue Haute 231, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Les Ateliers des Tanneurs
Covered by the thousands of colored stalls, Chaff and its buzzy terrace may be difficult to pinpoint immediately, despite its enviable location. But with some persistence, visitors will be rewarded with an artsy spot that is not only known as a great place to grab drinks and play games, but you can also grab a gourmet meal while you’re there. Treat yourself to a breakfast on weekdays (12€, Mon – Sat/10:00am – 11:45am) and a tempting 18€ all-included brunch with a delicious variety of homemade dishes.
Opening Hours: Sunday Brunch: 10am – 4pm
Chaff, Place Jeu de Balle 21 – 22, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, (+32) 25 02 58 48
Brasserie La Clef d’Or
An authentic institution for both party people and for early-rising flea market hunters, La Clef d’Or opens its doors at 5am. Enjoy its legendary breakfasts and brunches in a relaxed wooden paneled environment, where the rhythm of life slows down enough to enjoy the meal.
Belge une fois
Belge une fois is an eclectic concept store tucked away on the rue Haute midpoint which, as a common fil rouge, displays the best Bruxellois design has to offer. Born from a bold idea conceived by two Bruxellois, Arthur et Natacha back in 2015, this shop has it all. From a vintage corner with furniture to carefully selected jewelry and designers, what is not to be missed is a Belgian specialty par excellence: the gaufre. In the spacious backroom evocatively named ‘Chill & Food’ you can try this snack cooked in a variety of ways, from salty to sugary.
Opening Hours: Wed- Sun: 11am-6pm
Belge une fois, Rue Haute 89, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
L’Atelier en Ville
At the heart of the Marolles lies a concept store designed by the Belgian design house Bulk; where bricks, steel and unexpected oriental decorations follow one another to create an out-of-the-ordinary loft. The spacious two-level industrial space where L’Atelier en Ville takes place, hosts a cactus corner, a furniture shop with the chance to print your own wooden canvas, a chic male/female clothes shops named Polopolo, and a cafeteria where you can savor the most delicious bagels and fresh hand made cakes for a light brunch.
Opening Hours: Wed-Sun: 10am–6pm
L’Atelier en Ville, Rue Haute 64, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, (+32) 25 14 04 80
Opened on April 15th 2016, Berlin Fabrik is the new burger bar in the area. Come and taste a burger-based brunch within an industrial environment, which nicely evokes the Berliner style (as its name may suggest). New additions to the brunch-menu are coming soon, so stay tuned!
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am – 11:45 pm
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