is a beautiful architectural area located in the historic upper town of Brussels
. It’s home to antiques stores, traditional restaurants, numerous pastry shops and chocolatiers. It’s also a popular place for a stroll, and the perfect meeting point for weekend brunch. Here we present you with a list of the best places to grab breakfast or to enjoy a lovely brunch in Sablon.
This hidden gem is tucked away between the famous Grand Sablon and the antique flea market Marolles. L’Arrière Pays is a cozy place that feels very Parisian and has one of the most beautiful terraces in Brussels. It offers both innovative and traditional dishes, so you can enjoy some new flavors or some childhood classics. In addition, they have an épicerie where you can buy local products, like homemade bread, honey, jams, organic juices and wine.
L’Arrière Pays, Rue des Minimes 60, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 514 77 07
L’ Atelier en Ville
L’Atelier en Ville is a concept store settled in an old industrial building in the Marolles area. It’s a place where you can enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake while sitting in custom furniture that you can actually buy. Upstairs, you have the PoloPolo boutique where you can find items made by European designers like Manoush, Masscob, and Valentine Gauthier. They also have a beautiful garden in the back – a quiet place with pastel-colored walls and wooden chairs.
L’Atelier en Ville, Rue Haute 64, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 514 04 80
Cafe, Restaurant, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Le Perroquet is a beautiful Art Nouveau cafe located a few strides from Le Petit Sablon. This small but quaint place offers you a wide range of pitas and salads. The pita breads are overflowing with all kinds of fillings including various combinations of chicken, fish, grilled meat, different kinds of cheese and salad. They are served in a basket accompanied by four pots of sauce so you can mix and match.
Le Perroquet, Rue Watteeu 31, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 512 99 22
Le Pain Quotidien
Bakery, Cafe, Belgian, Pastries, $$$
Le Pain Quotidien
If you like the smell of freshly baked bread, this is the right place for you. Le Pain Quotidien is a well-known store located in a historical area. The first Le Pain Quotidien was opened in Brussels in 1990, and now it has a bakery-cafe chain of establishments all around the world. Step into this rustic place and discover the hidden veranda at the back of the store.
Le Pain Quotidien, Rue des Sablons 11, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 513 51 54
Pistolet Original is friendly spot located a few steps away from the Grand Sablon. Its delicatessen concept is based on the traditional pistolets (delicious puffy bread rolls), which are filled with Belgian gourmet ingredients. Here you will find a small épicerie selling Belgian goodies as well as a food stand where you can eat on the spot or buy fine products to take away.
Pistolet Original, Rue Joseph Stevens 24-26, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 880 80 98
Bakery, Dessert, $$$
Wittamer is a creative family tradition established in 1910 on the Grand Sablon. This is one of Belgium’s most famous chocolate and pastry makers, so if you want a fancy breakfast, this is the right place for you. In this warm pink cafe, situated on top of the Wittamer boutique, you can enjoy homemade savory and sweet delights.
Wittamer Café (1st floor), Place du Grand Sablon 13, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 512 37 42
POP Up Sablon
Bar, Restaurant, Belgian, Dessert, $$$
POP Up Sablon
POP Up Sablon is a quaint little venue on the Grand Sablon. It’s a great meeting place where you can enjoy traditional Belgian dishes, colorful salads and delicious desserts. On the ground floor there is a bar with hip high tables and intimate lounge corners, and the restaurant is on the first floor. The interior is unique, housing remarkable objects – from sheepskin to pig lamps, blackboards and mirrors.
POP Up Sablon,Place du Grand Sablon 15-16, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 503 65 70
Le Café du Sablon
Cafe, Tea , $$$
Cafe, European, Vegetarian, $$$
Jat Café is a bright, cozy place with vintage sofas where you can relax, read a book or just hang out with friends. It’s located on a quiet street near Place Royal. The name is derived from the Walloon word ’Jatte‘, which means cup. Therefore, it is only fitting that you drink a cup of coffee whilst here. Apart from various different roasts, they also serve tea, milkshakes, bagels, muffins, sandwiches and a wide range of salads and soups.
Jat Café, Rue de Namur 28, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 503 03 32