To help you find the terrace to suit you best, here is a brief guide to some of the most attractive and original locations of the capital.
Brussels is full of little squares and pedestrian esplanades charged wtih restaurants as soon as the sun breaks through the clouds. Some terraces offer cozy and typical surroundings, an ideal spot to quench your thirst or satisfy your hunger while staying outdoors.
The Grand Place is obviously one of the essentials! The many terraces that surround this masterpiece of architecture plunge their customers four centuries back. At the Brasserie de l'Ommegang, you will enjoy an endives salad at the foot of a Baroque facade.
Besides this Brussels landmark, you can also enjoy the charm of the Place Saint Boniface, the Place de Londres, the shaded terraces of the Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains, the Quai des Pierres de Taille, etc.
At the foot of the Sablon, some terraces stretch out into the charming pedestrian street, rue de Rollebeek...
Greenery and more greenery
Surrounded by tarmac, you dream of greenery, to enjoy a spring salad in the middle of nature or perhaps even at the water's edge. Luckily, we have a solution!
In Ixelles, the restaurant les Foudres invites you to its orchard: a 1000 m² garden, away from the road, where you can eat in complete privacy.
Other well-hidden corner of greenery : the Fabrique en Ville located below The Hotel. Its terrace is planted in the heart of the Park. You will quickly forget that you are seated in the heart of the Pentagon. Come visit on Saturdays and Sundays at noon for a brunch at will.
More isolated, the Chalet Robinson and the Chalet du Laerbeek are ideally located for family meals. In the Bois de la Cambre, you can take advantage of the water to paddle around the lake. At the Parc Roi Baudoin, you'll have plenty of space for a nice stroll to digest your meal.
Les Pêcheries, The Lodge or the Brasserie des Étangs Mellaerts await terraces and pond lovers, as they are all located on the edge of water. For The Lodge, we are talking about a suspended terrace on stilts...
We are gaining some altitude
If, in addition to an outdoor space, you are looking for a breathtaking view of the capital, we have some ideas for you. The top floor of the Musical Instruments Museum installed in the Old England is waiting for you almost every day at lunch for a snack. The view from the outside of the building and well as the the inside is breathtaking!
A little less affordable, the Cospaïa terrace offers a unique view of the Avenue de la Toison d'Or. The panorama that stretches from Kameleon Sky on the 7th floor of the Viage (Boulevard Anspach) will give you the opportunity to eat with the finest monuments of the historic center in the background.
On the terrace of I due Signori, you will eat at a more reasonable altitude but facing a green view of the Woluwe Park and Mellaerts Ponds. To be avoided at peak hours which are victim of exhaust gases from the Avenue Tervuren down below.
Many restaurants facades hide unexpected backyards where you can take a break at the return of sunny days. In the heart of Brussels, go through the porch at number 21 of the Place Saint-Gery to discover the terrace of the Tiramisu (Da Piero) restaurant, installed a few meters from a former arm of the Senne.
Walking up the Avenue Louise, we stop at Rouge Tomate where ancient beech trees flanked by a few palms offer an oasis of serenity between garden and terrace. More "hype" than gourmet, the Villa Natka opens the gates of its garden where you can enjoy an aperitif on the edges of the pool before joining the terrace to eat. Often overlooked by the guides, the hotel restaurants sometimes deserve a mentionning. As far as terraces and gardens are concerned, the Brighton (Stanhope) and the Kolya (Manos) merit a visit.
Finally, given the too few sunny days in this city, it is always prudent (read: required) to reserve your table on the terrace or in the garden...