Etterbeek doesn’t need much of an introduction to locals. A highly urbanized commune in the center of Brussels, it is located next to the European Quarter and the Cinquantenaire. Though not as artistic as Saint-Gilles, and not as green as its neighbors Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert or Auderghem, Etterbeek has a lot to offer, including great places for breakfast and brunch. Here are some of the best.
There is more to brunch than eggs and mimosas, and to discover this, visit L’Oriento. As its name suggests, eating there is like embarking on a journey to the Middle East. This lovely Syrian–Lebanese restaurant has an all-you-can-eat brunch option with drinks included, that is sure to please any food lover. If you are on the lookout for an original Sunday brunch idea, you know where to go.
Léopold Café Presse is one of those places where one could stay put for a long time, with the cozy armchairs and sofas and its quirky decor – check out the bikes hanging from the ceiling. With great coffee and pastries, a play area for kids and free Wi-Fi, this self-service canteen wears many hats; it is a bakery and a press corner as well. For brunch, guests can either go for the brunch menu or simply compose their own, with homemade baked goods, pies from Les Tartes de Françoise, Dandoy biscuits and sandwiches to choose from.
Scandinavian design plus great food – what’s not to like? Some may already know about Living Room, a concept store where design and food meet. It is also a great breakfast spot in Etterbeek – although breakfast is served exclusively on Saturdays. Guests can stop in for a tasty meal and the opportunity to browse for new household decor.
With a successful export all over the world, Le Pain Quotidien is a Belgian staple that doesn’t need an introduction. Located on Rue des Tongres, the bakery-cafe is also a great place for brunch. The menu features a vegetarian option as well as a variety of ‘lighter’ breakfast options.
Coffee lovers, unite! The coffee gods have graced Brussels with OR Coffee, a unique micro-roastery bar that originated in Ghent. This espresso haven offers a variety of different blends of coffee with 70 percent of the beans coming directly from farmers in Burundi, Rwanda, Brazil and Ethiopia. But since the focus is on breakfast, let’s talk about the food. Though there is officially no brunch menu, guests can enjoy delicious breakfast options such as freshly pressed juice, pastries or bread and eggs.
This coffee corner‘s motto is ‘Anytime is Olive’s time.’ Open early during the week, from 7:30 am, Olive’s breakfast menu is full of delicious and tasty options. A must-try is the gourmet bagel, but the scrambled eggs with bacon and toast are particularly enticing as well. The staff is friendly and always serve with a smile, which is definitely a bonus on a rainy Monday morning.
Valentina’s sandwiches seem to have acquired some fame around Etterbeek, but this cute little sandwich and salad bar is also a great option for breakfast. Whether in the mood for croissants, yogurt with honey and fruits, or simply a cup of coffee, tea or fresh orange juice, Valentina’s has it all.