Winter is approaching, and Brussels is getting ready to don its Christmas cloak. As soon as the really cold weather arrives, Brussels, this beautiful, fun, cosmopolitan city, shows its magical and bewitching side. The days get shorter, but it’s at dusk that the city's nighttime beauty is revealed.
The streets are lit up with Christmas decorations, the carousels start to spin, children skate on the ice, but above all, the bars and restaurants turn cosy with soft lighting, and sometimes a fire crackling in the hearth. Don’t delay, explore our selection of friendly places where you can warm up with, for example, a hot chocolate!
On an island right in the middle of the Bois de la Cambre lake, Chalet Robinson will delight grown-ups and little ones alike. For your children, crossing the lake in a boat will be like a little adventure. Come and warm yourself up in a charming setting with an uninterrupted view of nature, while enjoying a hot chocolate or a Brussels waffle; or relax over a dinner with friends.
Sentier de l'Embarcadère 1, 1000 Brussels
Whether you are pleasure-loving or nature-loving, you will find plenty to make you happy at the Lodge, a restaurant–bar/club in Watermael-Boitsfort, one of the greenest communes in Brussels. Taste the brasserie cuisine in a house at the edge of a pond, in a little corner of paradise tucked away in the city.
Rue des Pêcheries 2, 1170 Brussels
La Cabane du Fou / Le Fou Chantant
Do you fancy a unique gastronomic experience in a cosy, intimate atmosphere? The Cabane du Fou in Uccle is just like your childhood tree-house, actually perched in a tree, and entered by climbing a wooden ladder. Ideal for pulling out all the stops on an intimate evening for two! For those who prefer big tables packed with merry, singing people, the Fou Chantant restaurant is a unique structure, where a friendly, musical, festive atmosphere reigns just below the Cabane du Fou.
Avenue de Fré 176, 1180 Brussels
Café Poussette Haricot Magique
A word for mums and dads with kids, Haricot Magique offers a space dedicated to families! Everything has been carefully thought out: pushchair parking, highchairs, child-friendly tableware, a play area, etc. This hybrid space combines refreshments, a shop, creative and early learning workshops, and plenty more besides... You will be sure to make your children happy!
Avenue Louis Bertrand 22, 1030 Brussels
Cook & Book
Both a restaurant and a bookshop, with a floor especially for children, Cook & Book is one of those mixed spaces where it is possible to combine several activities. Do you think of winter as the ideal time to curl up with a book or a comic strip? The bookshop is crammed with publications, the restaurant serves hot chocolate and waffles, and the children’s area functions as a playroom!
Place du Temps Libre 1, 1200 Woluwé-Saint-Lambert
Fin de Siècle
At Fin de Siècle there is no fuss or sophistication, just an informal, friendly, bustling, canteen-style atmosphere that will particularly please night owls. The dishes are excellent and the portions generous; and you will find several classics of Belgian cuisine here, as well as a wide choice of beers!
Rue des Chartreux 9, 1000 Brussels
The Maison Renardy was founded in 1912 and has been offering a wide choice of teas, coffees, chocolate, bread, pastries and confectionery ever since. The ideal place to take a break around Porte de Namur or Saint Boniface!
Chaussée de Wavre 111b, 1050 Brussels
Mary Chocolatier is a charming shop located in the magnificent Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries. The display window looks like that of a jewellery shop and gives you the feeling of entering a giant chocolate box! You can taste excellent pralines there, as well as real hot chocolate!
Galerie de la Reine 36, 1000 Brussels
Discover Belgian chocolate the Laurent Gerbaud way, that is, in a tea room which, at lunchtime on Saturdays, also functions as a kitchen where you can make your own sweets and taste the best chocolate “vintages”
Rue Ravenstein 2d, 1000 Brussels
AM Sweet is the little hidden treasure on rue des Chartreux, full of marvels such as Laurent Gerbaud chocolates, Maison Dandoy biscuits, Mariage Frères teas, and real cuberdons. In winter, there is nothing like curling up on the sofa upstairs with a hot drink and a book! Cézanne, the resident dog, will be very happy to welcome you!
Rue des Chartreux 4, 1000 Brussels
Bars and cafés
Just opposite the Manneken Pis, you will find the Poechenellekelder, a genuine medieval hostelry where you can get together with your friends for a drink. In the past, the building was the meeting place for several guilds, and conspirators of all kinds. When you enter this unique bar, you are plunging into Brussels’ thousand-year history!
Rue du Chêne 5, 1000 Brussels
Located in the Saint Catherine district, Monk is a real local Brussels café. The atmosphere is rather informal and relaxed, and inside, the walls are covered with mirrors, the tiling is original and the grand piano is there to be played... It’s the 'stamcafé‘, the ‘local’, in all its splendour, with the occasional concert to liven things up!
Rue Sainte-Catherine 42, 1000 Brussels
A sumptuous Art Nouveau café next to the Bourse, Le Cirio is a real period café where you can imagine meeting Hercule Poirot the detective, while you enjoy your 'half and half', the house speciality.
Rue de la Bourse, 1000 Brussels
On Place Fontainas there is an unmissable Brussels beer bar. At Moeder Lambic, you will not find the classic big-name beers, but rather a selection of craft and microbrewery beers. The waiters know their stuff and will introduce you to some amazing beers!
Place Fontainas 8, 1000 Brussels
Bozar Café Victor
This magnificent, recently restored Art Déco café has just opened at Bozar. The chic, refined, period decoration will have you spellbound and transport you into a universe of art and architecture, while you enjoy a coffee, a 'healthy' lunch or a light meal.
Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels