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.
La Terrace de l’Hippodrome
Restaurant, Caribbean, Belgian, $$$
Le Chalet Robinson
An elegant atmosphere meets the best of Brussels’ natural scenery at the Chalet Robinson. Located on a small island in the heart of the Bois de la Cambre, the Chalet Robinson serves as a nice escape from Brussels’ urban scene. Only accessible by boat, the restaurant is a calm oasis for visitors looking to catch a few rays on the outdoor terrace paired with a delicious Belgian meal.
Le Chalet Robinson, 1 Steigerweg, 1000 Brussel, Belgium, +32 2 372 92 92
The MIM’s Terrace
The illustrious Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) is a unique cultural stop as it showcases an extensive collection of various instruments from around the world. Visitors will also be glad to know that the visit does not end with the final exhibition but can be continued at the top of the MIM’s terrace. The terrace itself contains a remarkable view overlooking the city and is a great spot to enjoy a meal. Settle in for a cocktail and take in the Brussels cityscape.
The MIM’s Terrace, 2 Rue Montagne de la Cour 1000, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 545 01 30
Brasserie de la Patinoire
Bar, Brasserie, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Belgian, $$$
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.
Brasserie de la Patinoire, 1 Chemin du Gymnase, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 649 70 02
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.
Rue de l’Evêque 1, Brussels, Belgium
Cafe, Belgian, Pub Grub, $$$
Café Belga is a typical Belgian-style café located in the area of Place Flagey and is one of the main places to go while visiting different terraces since it has not only the sun but also a great atmosphere. Enjoy a refreshing drink together with some snacks within the presence of many people and soak up the local scene.
Café Belga, 18 Place Eugène Flagey 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 640 35 08
Play Label Rooftop Bar
Bar, Belgian, Pub Grub
Housed within the Beursschouwburg, a historic cultural center for art and music, is the Beurskafee, a popular place to spend a night out in Brussels while observing an exhibition or catching a live concert. During the warmer months, the Beurskafee opens out onto its rooftop terrace, which also hosts regular activities ranging from live shows to open-air films. Order a few beers from the bar, and don’t forget to take in the view of Brussels.
The Beurskafee, Rue A. Ortsstraat 20-28, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 550 03 50
Brasserie, Belgian, $$$