Multicultural and cozy, Ixelles is a place packed with fascinating sights, museums, cultural centers and, of course, restaurants and coffeehouses. Ixelles has a number of wonderful places for breakfast and brunch – ideal locations in which to start your day before you head into town. Here are a list of the top ten.
Get ready for some authentic Italian coffee. Caffe Italiano is a popular coffeehouse and bar in Ixelles, especially among Brussels’ Italian population. Breakfast and brunch include sweet and hearty pastries, and you can read some of the offered newspapers while you enjoy your cappuccino.
Owned by siblings who are passionate about baking, The Cosy Bakery is a sweet spot at the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt. This bakery guarantees a warm atmosphere with its delicious pastries, sandwiches and their great brunch menu. The free WiFi makes it a useful place to start a productive day, and the television entertains people who are looking to procrastinate. The Cosy Bakery also delivers their warm baked goods to you on a cute triporteur (a three-wheeled bicycle).
Standing on a corner of Place Fernand Cocq, brasserie La Regence has overseen this part of Brussels for at least 100 years. Still an active part of the local community, La Regence is a frequently visited place for a drink or a meal. The dishes are typical Belgian pub fare and there is an impressive selection of beers. La Regence also opens its doors for early visitors and serves simple but delicious breakfast foods.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 8 am-1 am, Fri 8 am-2:30 am, Sat 10 am-2:30 am & Sun 10 am-11 pm
Brunch does not always equal eggs and toast. Little Tokyo serves brunch on Sunday mornings, so get ready for your first meal of the day – it will be a new experience. The brunch menu includes daikon mousse, fish with rice or soba and salads with crunchy vegetables. But if these don’t suit your taste, you can also choose pancakes or bacon.
This is the perfect spot for lunch or a snack, but don’t forget about breakfast. Within walking distance of the Horta Museum, Le Pain du Châtelain is a great spot to get a croissant, some muesli or an omelette and a hot drink before exploring what Ixelles has to offer, or to get some work done while enjoying a coffee.
Opening hours: Mon 7 am-4 pm, Sat 7 am-5 pm & Sun 8:30 am-4 pm
This is not your run-of-the-mill restaurant. This trendy haunt has an intriguing concept; until 3 pm, it’s a restaurant, and after that, it’s self service. Located in an old mansion at Place Stéphanie, it’s a great place to visit with big groups. When the weather allows it, you can sit in the beautiful backyard. Louise Factory‘s breakfast buffet is a great reason to get out of bed – pastries, fruits, meat… you name it. Of course, it’s even better when combined with a cup of coffee or tea.
Well loved among local young families, this homey tea room is a living part of the neighborhood. La Fabrique serves typical breakfast dishes like scrambled eggs, toast, and yogurt, plus there are also some homemade options such as granola and lemonade. During the weekends, there’s brunch from 10:30 am to 3 pm when you can try out the big brunch menu, which includes a vegetarian option.
As the name implies, Workshop Café attracts many people to type away on their laptops – the pleasant atmosphere and comfy chairs make it a great place to get some work done, or start getting creative. When you stop by in the morning, don’t forget to get some breakfast as well. You can check the fridge for ready-to-eat snacks, or you can order a hot dish.
How about some Mexican breakfast on Sunday? El Café is a brightly colored pub near the cemetery of Ixelles. Ironically, the neighborhood is a lively place with many bars and an active nightlife – which makes El Café a great place to have a bite the morning after a wild night out. Being very popular among students, El Café can be packed to the brim with enthusiastic young people who are drinking and dancing, but that’s part of its charm.
Near Place Stéphanie, this is a restaurant certainly worth saving. This slow-food establishment is all about taste and quality, with a menu that varies with the seasons. Every Saturday from 10:30 am, you can also try out their great brunch buffet, with brioches, granola, and more unusual dishes like quinoa with cucumbers, tandoori with cauliflower or eggplant with peanuts. Of course, this menu depends on what’s in season. Whatever is on the menu, God Save the Cream is sure to make a great start to your weekend.