8 terraces to try out in Brussels!

07 March 2022
A few people drinking coffee and reading the newspaper on the terrace of Barbeton on Jacques Brel Square, near rue Dansaert

Are you looking for a terrace to have a drink in the sun? Here are some of the most typical ones in Brussels! Panoramic views, rooftops, neighbourhood bars – there are so many possibilities.

So, make sure to bring your finest sunglasses and head for one of the capital's terraces! Are you looking for a place to have an aperitif when the sun starts to shine? In Brussels, you can find an after-work event almost every day of the week.

Tip: check out the information on the opening conditions and possible reservation of your favourite terrace.

Bar du Matin

Don't let the name fool you, the Bar du Matin is usually open until the wee hours and hosts small concerts in a typically brusseleir atmosphere. Enjoy the beautiful terrace with its blue chairs, its light garlands and its snack platters throughout the day. Stop by on Sundays to enjoy their delicious pancakes! But be careful, get there in time because they are victims of their own success.

The colourful façade of the Bar du Matin in Forest

La Brasserie de la Patinoire

The Brasserie de la Patinoire‘s terrace is a favourite spot for parents to bask in the sun while the children play on the huge playground. Once you've eaten your lunch, take a little digestive walk in the Bois de la Cambre, then return to the welcoming terrace for a snack.

Terrace of the Brasserie de la Patinoire amidst the greenery of the Bois de la Cambre

Le Grand Central

Le Grand Central is one of the biggest bars in Brussels. With its two huge, partly covered terraces, you are spoilt for choice. The one upstairs offers a breathtaking view of Leopold Park.

Busy terrace at Grand Central in the European Quarter

Café Belga

As soon as the first rays of sunshine appear, the huge terrace of Café Belga is taken by storm. With no shady moments to worry about, it is perfect for making the most of the sun in a festive atmosphere. The crowd sometimes extends as far as the ponds of Ixelles. Take the opportunity to rest and walk around them, they are well worth it. 

a bunch of people on the sunny terrace of Café Belga in Flagey

The rooftop of the Beursschouwburg

The ultimate dream location: a place to chill, picnic, have a drink and sometimes enjoy a bit of open-air cinema! Located on the top floor of the Beursschouwburg, the terrace is a budget-friendly refuge for summer days. Take advantage of your visit to discover a youthful and original cultural programme. 

Aerial view of the roof terrace of the Beursschouwburg

Chez Franz

Chez Franz is a place where we could stay all day. Surrounded by those typical Brussels houses, this is a very popular neighbourhood bar for locals. Its ‘homely’ welcome and charming little terrace are a must on Sundays to enjoy its classic brunch. 

full terrace of Chez Franz on a sunny day

Chez Richard

Chez Richard is a small, old-school bistro with a bar and a beautiful terrace in the middle of the antique shops of the Sablon district. The public is very diverse: parents, young hipsters, artists and workers, they all like to visit this place. 

Blue-beige terrace of Chez Richard where people take a drink in the shade, on the street side two small dogs are waiting for their owner

Barbeton

Barbeton is straightforward and no nonsense, with its huge, eye-catching bar carved out of a concrete block. And the atmosphere on its terrace is as easy-going as its customers. We love the cocktails, the tapas, the brunches... and all the other good things it has to offer.

The Barbeton terrace with its brown lacquered metal tables, on the Dansaert street side, in side view