The Top 10 Brunch Spots In Sablon, Brussels

Le Pain Quotidien | Courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien
Le Pain Quotidien | Courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien
Photo of Ana Stambolic
3 October 2016

Sablon 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.

L’Arrière Pays

Market, Belgian
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L'Arrière Pays
L'Arrière Pays | Courtesy of L'Arrière Pays
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’ 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

Le Perroquet

Cafe, Restaurant, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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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 Pain Quotidien

Bakery, Cafe, Belgian, Pastries, $$$
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Le Pain Quotidien
Le Pain Quotidien | Courtesy of 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.

Pistolet Original

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

Wittamer Café

Bakery, Market, Dessert, $$$
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Wittamer cafe
Wittamer cafe | Courtesy of Wittamer
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.

POP Up Sablon

Bar, Restaurant, Belgian, European, $$$
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POP Up Sablon
POP Up Sablon | Courtesy of 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.

Le Café du Sablon

Cafe, Tea , $$$
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Le Café du Sablon, the sister cafe of Café de la Presse, is located across from the iconic church of the Notre-Dame du Sablon. The place is airy and bright, with vintage and Scandinavian design elements. In a friendly atmosphere, you can enjoy homemade sweet and savory treats, a wide range of caffeinated beverages and tasty sandwiches.

Jat Café

Cafe, European, Vegetarian, $$$
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Jat Cafe
Jat Cafe | Courtesy of Jat Cafe
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.