The lively centre with its wonderful squares and terraces

03 March 2022
On the Place Saint-Géry people sit at the colourful terrace of the Zebra café

If you go a little way from the Brussels hypercentre, which has traditionally been the most well-known part, you'll discover a wild lifestyle in the districts where the terraces never empty, thanks to the capital's students and youth among others!

Place Saint-Géry and surrounding areas

The ultra-trendy Place Saint-Géry is one of the oldest hubs in Brussels! When the weather allows it, this square is almost completely covered with terraces and the atmosphere is truly festive! This is a place you must visit if you want to see the soul of Brussels’ centre.

Open every day, the Zebra offers as many beers as it does cocktails and homemade lemonades. And its large terrace should be able to accommodate you without too many problems! The interior décor has a post-industrial tone, thanks to the raw materials used. It’s a must-see!

Le Roi des Belges is one of the first establishments to open its doors on the Place Saint-Géry, because they serve coffee as from 9:00 h. The décor is a mixture between a traditional brasserie and a modern location and there's a lounge bar and a cocktail bar to enjoy on the first floor.

A large bar with a caravel feel, the Mappa Mundo is renowned for both its international clientele and its attractive wooden furnishings. It's a great classic of the Saint-Géry neighbourhood where you can sip a couple of well-chilled fruit juices. Open every day.

A steampunk bar, which is uncommon in Brussels, La Machine has been open since 2016. The interior décor is meticulous, and you can taste cocktails, beer (sixty on the menu!), tapas and small dishes here! Music and concerts also take pride of place at this venue!

Café Central is a classic in the neighbourhood: a dance bar that is both trendy and welcoming, you can have a drink and enjoy small concerts, film sessions and even DJ sets here, which are all for free!

A stone's throw from the Bourse, Café Metteko is a genuine neighbourhood institution. Recently renovated, it offers a very attractive terrace. It's a lovely place to catch your breath at the pedestrian zone.

Young people have a drink in the shade of the Halles Saint-Géry

Place Sainte-Catherine and Place du Vieux Marché aux Grains

Right at the edge of the city centre you'll find a unique, slightly maritime atmosphere here, inherited from the port history of this Brussels area...

Café De Markten is ideally located on a peaceful little square with a wonderful terrace shaded under the plane trees. It's an ideal place to meet people, have a little chat, eat together, work or read a book. This establishment promotes a healthy and sustainable diet!

Remember that maritime spirit we mentioned earlier? La Mer du Nord (The North Sea) is an original fish, shellfish and various seafood bar concept offering maritime dishes made with fresh ingredients in one of the liveliest neighbourhoods in Brussels! If you come this way, you can't miss it!

Monk is a typical and well-known local bar that serves good beers and several kinds of spaghetti — a must for the regulars! There's always an amicable atmosphere and they often organise concerts!

People sitting on terraces under trees on Place Sainte-Catherine, with Saint Catherine's Church in the background

Porte de Flandre (canal neighbourhood)

If you walk towards the Brussels canal from the centre you'll pass through the Dansaert neighbourhood, a paradise for art and fashion lovers. And there's no shortage of refreshing or culinary stopping places there either!

A Japanese, ‘izakaya’-style restaurant — these small, cosy and unpretentious establishments where the Japanese meet after work — Kumiko serves Japanese dishes such as gyoza, ramen, miso soups, bowls of rice and donburi, but that’s not everything. You'll also find burgers or salads on the menu. In the courtyard terrace you can find a bit of peace and quiet, away from the traffic and bustle of the city! Another must!

If you're looking for a tasty cocktail in a laidback atmosphere, have a break at the Barbeton! You can also eat a little bite on the go.

A trendy bistro, Café Walvis is known for its Belgian cuisine, local dishes and excellent salads as well as for its sweet delicacies! It even has a children's area where the little ones can let off some steam. The terrace is light and airy and the establishment is accessible from 9:00 h every day in the week (and from 10:00 h during the weekend).

young and old on the terrace of Café Walvis in the shade of the parasols and trees

Place du Samedi

This discreet little square really deserves to be known! Nestled in a tranquil spot, somewhere between the Sainte-Catherine neighbourhood and the centre, its atmosphere unlike none other is sure to appeal to you — it has no specific connotations but is surrounded by hotspots that will astonish you!

Smoothies, cocktails and an Afro-latino inspired menu await you at Café Béguin, a restaurant-bar that will take you on a sunny trip with flavours from sometimes remote destinations! Here the dishes suit all food preferences, and the lovely large terrace will make you want to prolong your stay!

At the Harvest Restaurant Brussels, you'll discover an inventive and culinary cuisine, which highlights the local flavours and fresh produce! Whether you feel like ordering a small dish or different types of lunch (with a wine list that is worth the detour!), this place is no to be missed.

Looking for a cocktail, gin or rum? Welcome to the Marcelle wine tavern, a muted and cosy atmosphere with often jazzy or bluesy music and a sun-kissed terrace! You can also order several kinds of tapas. It's an intimate establishment that you must discover!

Sunny Place du Samedi with the terrace of the Café Béguin, where people drink in the shade