Rooftop bars: the phrase immediately brings to mind trendy sky-high oases in Singapore, New York or Bangkok. But from now on, think of Brussels, because rooftop bars are on the rise here as well!
Far above the noise of the city, relax with a drink and a snack and take in fantastic views and music at various locations in the capital. And unlike in other major cities, this little dose of luxury won't break the bank! Here's an overview.
Jardin is also returning for a second edition and the news has us jumping for joy! Just a stone's throw from the Bourse in the centre's famous pedestrian zone, take the lift to the roof of the Actiris building. There, with your head in the clouds, you can enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the city with tasty drinks and dishes. The menu is mainly Belgian (and not just beer). The groovy DJ sets, street art, lush plants and special mood lighting make it wonderfully atmospheric! Open every day from 12:00 (no booking possible).
Close to the Bourse building you'll find another sublime roof terrace, on the top floor of the Beursschouwburg. This multidisciplinary arts centre has long occupied a special place in the hearts of the people of Brussels. From 3 June to 19 August, you are more than welcome to chill out and have a drink with friends. First you have to climb the 107 stairs but they are, believe us, a real stairway to heaven! While you're there, be sure to check out the Beursschouwburg's cultural calendar. The rooftop bar is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 17:00.
The View Summer Terrace
This rooftop also saw the light of day for the first time in 2020 and it was a resounding success. The team from Birdy Brussels nightclub had to get creative and came up with the brilliant idea of using the roof terrace of Silo Brussels. This former brewery on the Willebroek Canal was transformed in record time into a colourful summer rooftop terrace. From 9 June, you can once again enjoy dishes and cocktails after work in flamingo-pink seats in a cosy lounge arrangement. The atmosphere is top-notch and the palm trees and Japanese cherry trees provide a unique, exotic touch.
Soko Rooftop has only just opened and already it's a highlight in Brussels. It's all down to its exceptional location. This roof terrace on the eleventh floor of a building complex at the Quatre Bras crossroad is right on the edge of the Sonian Forest. Gaze out to the horizon, over the lush foliage of Brussels' largest green lung. It's a great place for a healthy dose of oxygen, delicious snacks, drinks and, of course, fun-filled evenings! Open Monday to Saturday from 17:00, on Sunday (brunch) from 11:00.
Secret Rooftop by Warwick
One thing is for sure: locals rarely have a clue about the hotel offerings in their region or city. This also applies to Brussels. A shame really, because there are some real gems out there! This summer, roof terraces will change all that. You do not even have to spend the night there, they are open to everyone. Take, for example, the five-star Warwick Brussels hotel, near Central Station. Their elegant roof terrace offers a breathtaking view of the Grand-Place and the historic centre of Brussels. From Tuesday to Sunday, enjoy a glass of bubbly or a house cocktail in style. Open from 16:00.
Perché, the roof terrace of the trendy Jam Hotel, is a former art school in the Châtelain neighbourhood that designer Lionel Jadot transformed into an absolute dream location. You feel like you're always on holiday here. Perché occupies two floors: downstairs you can relax or go for a paddle in the heated pool (hotel guests have priority). Upstairs, you can enjoy a phenomenal view of Brussels. There are also delicious culinary bites, yummie cocktails and a great musical atmosphere. No need to book unless you're coming with a large group. Open from 15:00.
The Roof, by The 1040
The 1040 is a household name with gourmets in the European Quarter. It's the restaurant of chef Jean-Philippe Watteyne, located in the five-star Sofitel Brussels Europe hotel on Place Jourdan. This summer, the restaurant is opening its own roof terrace: an excellent move! Here you can enjoy the specially adapted menu of mostly small dishes and sharing platters in complete safety. The roof terrace doesn't serve dishes from the restaurant, but be sure to go in one day to eat there. It's possible to book the rooftop terrace for private functions. Open from Thursday to Sunday, from 17:00.
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