The sun is back! And so are aperitifs on terraces, but where are the best ones?
Good news for sunny aperitifs aficionados, Brussels has no shortage of places to enjoy a beer or sip colourful cocktails under a huge parasol. These eight addresses are definitely worth a visit. Make sure you bring your sunglasses!
This Brussels brasserie’s biggest asset is hands down its enormous terrace.
When the sun’s out, you'll need to be quick to grab a table. On cloudier days, go in and discover the cosy interior, decorated with wood and metal accents, and an authentic tile floor. STAM exudes the atmosphere of a Parisian brasserie. Come and have lunch, brunch or finger food, or just have a cup of coffee while you read the paper. Tip: try a freshly squeezed juice!
The best way to describe Café Belga on Place Flagey in Ixelles? A veritable institution. You won’t want to miss out on this great spot to have a drink.
Located opposite the Ixelles Ponds, this popular pub has a magnificent Art Deco interior. Come and have brunch, lunch, or just a cold beer. You’ll love the relaxed atmosphere and the sunny terrace, which fills up instantly as soon as the sun peeks through the clouds. As an added bonus, this is a great people-watching spot!
A cosy corner café with a great terrace where many Dutch-speaking Brussels natives feel right at home.
Come in the morning for breakfast or brunch, enjoy the menu of the day at lunchtime and come back in the evening for a burger with golden fries and a refreshing pint of Brussels beer made by Walvis' uber-hip neighbours, Brussels Beer Project. At weekends, the place is full of young families having brunch. And that is no surprise as the plentiful brunch dishes are absolutely scrumptious. Bring on the cappuccino and pancakes with honey!
Concerts are also organised regularly. Check their Facebook page for the concert calendar.
This cosy Italian diner is one of Saint-Gilles’ loveliest locations. Come to CiPiaCe for brunch, dinner, a good glass of wine and cocktails.
With two Italian owners, you can rest assured that the espresso, pasta, bruschetta and focaccia are prepared exactly the way they should be. The atmosphere inside is relaxed with colourful art on the walls. There is a sunny terrace outside. ‘Ci piace’ is Italian for ‘we love’ - and as far as we’re concerned, it has more than earned its name!
La Fabrique en Ville
La Fabrique en Ville lies hidden in Egmont Park.
When the sun’s out, you can take in the tranquil surroundings on the terrace. The high-ceilinged decor and the large gate are reminiscent of an old factory (the establishment's name already gave it away …) but livened up with marble, vintage items and plants. La Fabrique en Ville offers breakfast as well as a copious brunch, with various fresh homemade dishes. You could, for instance, order some poached eggs Florentine ‘à la carte’. On weekends, brunch is €29. Salad, eggs and toast from the menu will set you back about €12.
Dishes, natural wine, garlands hanging above the terrace... Located a stone's throw from the Parvis de Saint-Gilles, Le Dillens is the place to be for a long and enjoyable summer evening!
Even if you only come here for a drink on the terrace, you are easily tempted by their menu. Everything is homemade, seasonal and local. Whether it is for an evening with friends or for a relaxed romantic moment, you will undoubtedly be charmed by this small neighbourhood bistro.
If you like a good craft beer when the temperature gets close to 30°, then head to the terrace of Python!
During your visit to Brussels, this Schaerbeek gem will undoubtedly become your aperitif and pre-party HQ in the neighbourhood, thanks to its wide selection of Belgian and international beers.
Good to know: it's possible to buy and take away your favourite beers for an aperitif at home.
Located in the Sablon district, Chez Richard is the perfect incarnation of a typical Brussels bistro!
Renovated in 2018, it brings people together for lunch and aperitifs. Everything they serve is delicious, fresh and affordable (€12 for the sharing platters and €3.50 for a glass of wine). On the menu, you'll find house classics such as fricadelle with Richard sauce or shrimp croquettes, but you'll also discover new dishes such as aubergine and mozzarella or fried squid with lemon confit. All of this can be enjoyed on a terrace on one of the most beautiful squares in Brussels.