Frankly, working from home does have its cons, and looking for a suitable work friendly café in the city is one of them. Whether it be a tasty menu of healthy snacks to keep the energy up or serving copious amounts of great coffee, our top ten picks have all the elements necessary to create the perfect ambiance for a productive workday in Brussels. Because after all, when it comes to finding that perfect work abode, it’s not just about the wifi and plugs.
Plenty of plugs at every work station signify that the Workshop Café knows what the worst nightmare for every freelancer is. The interior is roomy so no one has to fight their way to a table or be scrunched together in close proximity. A variety of table sizes should accommodate every type of work, from solo studying to meetings or interviews. In case a break is needed, there’s a magazine and newspaper corner. Not to mention a fully stocked counter with snacks and drinks to keep guests energized throughout the day.
Workshop Café, 146 avenue Louise, Brussels, Belgium,+32 2 647 77 93
Located right on Avenue Louise, Café de la Presse is a popular place, so it might be a bit noisy sometimes. This trendy place has an amazing atmosphere, with large glass walls that bring in the sunshine and allow you to observe the rush-hour traffic on the street. Besides a tasty coffee, the establishment also offers a delicious brunch as well, which will have visitors coming back even on Sunday.
Café de la Presse, 493 Avenue Louise, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 644 48 03
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A stone’s throw away from the Grand Place, there is a small venue called Peck 47. Order a juice or smoothie in a chic jar and eat whenever you want thanks to an all day brunch. Visitors will certainly appreciate this, especially during the busy work days. Peck 47 is a healthy choice, and this place offers vegetarian dishes too. Try toasts with a homemade cranberries sauce or Brazilian blast, which includes açaï berries and homemade granola. Working for a few hours can get uncomfortable, but Peck 47’s comfy couch is the perfect spot in which to settle.
Peck 47, 47 Rue Marche Aux Poulets, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 513 02 87
For every coffee addict, there is no better place to work in Brussels than Parlor Coffee. It is run by two coffee lovers who even roast their own coffee. If you cannot begin to think about work without a great espresso, this is the place for you. Sugar too is needed for thinking, so indulging in a cookie or two is definitely a must.
Parlor Coffee, 203 Chaussée de Charleroi, Brussels, Belgium, +32 472 68 60 16
Not far from the European Parliament is the coffee shop Karsmakers. The place is inviting all year round as the glass roof lets sunshine in during sunny days, and the fireplace warms the space during the winter. The coffee is also great, especially the vanilla iced latte and soy-milk coffee. The staff is friendly and attentive and represents many cultures, a true reflection of the multicultural spirit of the district Karsmakers is located.
Karsmakers, 20 Rue de Trèves, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 502 02 26
If you’re looking for an inspiring place to work, try Leopold Café Presse between the stations Mérode and Montgomery. The café’s eclectic interior exudes pure Belgitude from its large framed Smurf photo to its stunning light fixture composed of overhead bicycle wheels and parts hanging above the café. Jazz music paired with the smell of roasting coffee creates a lively ambiance, while a small corner is dedicated to projecting old cartoons, much to the delight of children and adults. It is not just a coffee shop but actually a shop, as visitors can also buy little trinkets, books and postcards.
Leopold Café, Presse, 107 Avenue de Tervueren, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 736 22 98
A café that provides office services, no, you are not dreaming. Although it is not on the menu, the owners offer, upon reservation, a printer, meeting room with white boards and even a secretary. With everything in one spot, the work day will easily breeze by and can be wrapped up with a Belgian beer, because good work deserves a good award.
Café Kafka, 21 Rue des Poissonniers, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 513 66 31