Once the gray clouds part and there is a bit of sunshine, it seems as though everyone in Brussels is rushing out to carve out a spot to enjoy a piece of the sun. For when the warm weather rolls around, here is your guide to checking out some of the best terraces in the city. Combining the best of nature and urban views, we take a look at the top places to make the most of the sunny days and warm nights in the capital.
Le Chalet Robinson
An elegant atmosphere meets the best of Brussels’ natural scenery at the Chalet Robinson. Located on a small island in the heart of the Bois de la Cambre, the Chalet Robinson serves as a nice escape from Brussels’ urban scene. Only accessible by boat, the restaurant is a calm oasis for visitors looking to catch a few rays on the outdoor terrace paired with a delicious Belgian meal.
La Fabrique en Ville
The sister restaurant to the original and popular brunch haven La Fabrique located in Ixelles, La Fabrique en Ville intends to continue delivering a great meal with an outdoor setting. Located in the Egmont Park, La Fabrique en Ville contains its own terrace to enjoy the sunlight and get your brunch on in the morning or enjoy a drink in the afternoon light.
The MIM’s Terrace
The illustrious Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) is a unique cultural stop as it showcases an extensive collection of various instruments from around the world. Visitors will also be glad to know that the visit does not end with the final exhibition but can be continued at the top of the MIM’s terrace. The terrace itself contains a remarkable view overlooking the city and is a great spot to enjoy a meal. Settle in for a cocktail and take in the Brussels cityscape.
Brasserie de la Patinoire
This romantic and warm brasserie offers a wonderful environment and scenic nature surrounds. Located in the Bois de la Cambre, the Brasserie de la Patinoire is known for its typical dishes of fish and beef, plus it features a large terrace nearby the Theatre de Poche. This is the place to visit on a late afternoon to enjoy a refreshing drink or to grab some dinner and revel in the late summer evenings.
Each summer welcomes a number of pop-up initiatives, but one of the best is Rooftop 58. The usually vacant rooftop transforms into a lush escape, bringing terrace lounging to a whole new level. Guests can enjoy a special menu by star chef Sang Hoon Degeimbre, along with a vast selection of delicious cocktails.
Café Belga is a typical Belgian-style café located in the area of Place Flagey and is one of the main places to go while visiting different terraces since it has not only the sun but also a great atmosphere. Enjoy a refreshing drink together with some snacks within the presence of many people and soak up the local scene.
Housed within the Beursschouwburg, a historic cultural center for art and music, is the Beurskafee, a popular place to spend a night out in Brussels while observing an exhibition or catching a live concert. During the warmer months, the Beurskafee opens out onto its rooftop terrace, which also hosts regular activities ranging from live shows to open-air films. Order a few beers from the bar, and don’t forget to take in the view of Brussels.
Interested in spending the sunny day in the neighborhood streets? Head to Brasserie Verschueren, a cultural café in situated in Saint-Gilles. Though its cozy interior has the makings for a great atmosphere, head for the terrace to enjoy a Belgian beer or two with the locals and a more artsy crowd.
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