Where to stop for a sweet treat in Brussels?

05 April 2022

Looking for somewhere to stop for a sweet treat or a coffee break? Brussels is packed with warm and friendly places to quench your thirst while treating yourself to a few delicacies. Discover our selection of great places to enjoy a relaxing break between visits.

Brasserie Arcadi

In the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert overlooking rue d'Arenberg, Arcadi serves up its signature tarts and quiches, all made following traditional recipes, with flavours including raspberry, lemon meringue and apple. You may also want to try their homemade waffles or speculoos cheesecake, perhaps accompanied by a Brussels-roasted ‘Corica’ coffee. The brasserie also serves traditional Belgian delicacies, including mussels and carbonnade flamande in an original atmosphere: banknotes, coins and postcards from across the globe adorn the walls, representing all those to have passed through its doors over the years. Make yourself comfortable either inside or out on the café's terrace inside the Galerie du Roi.

Brasserie Arcadi in Brussels (Galerie du Roi in the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert)

Chicago Café

At Chicago Café, treat yourself to some homemade carrot cake, cheesecake or brownies, all made using local ingredients. Be sure to try their pancakes topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup. Alternatively, sample their Flemish-brewed beer or their homemade lemonade and iced tea. This café in the heart of Brussels also serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. It is also a child-friendly space, with its own dedicated kids’ corner.

Chicago Café in Brussels (Dansaert - Sainte-Catherine neighbourhood)

La Fabrique en Ville

Nestled in the Orangerie at Egmont Park, the La Fabrique en Ville café and restaurant is open all day for brunch, lunch and quick bites. The menu features a number of homemade drinks, including iced tea and homemade fresh juice drinks, including 'Morning Boost' and 'Detox Juice'. They also serve a selection of sweet treats, including carrot cake, apple crumble and double chocolate cookies, all served with indulgent gourmet coffee or tea. Be sure to take a stroll through the green city-centre oasis that is Egmont Park and explore its many hidden treasures.

Lucifer Lives Coffee

Lucifer Lives Coffee is a vegan espresso bar in the Marolles. They prepare savoury dishes but also 100% vegan pastries: cakes, marbled cakes, cheesecakes, layer cakes, doughnuts... Let yourself be tempted by vegan pastries, you'll be amazed by what can be done without animal products!

Café Métropole

Since 1890, Café Métropole has been opening its doors for lunch and coffee breaks at place De Brouckère. Situated at the foot of the newly-listed former Métropole hotel building, this luxurious brasserie boasts a lavish Art Nouveau: its columns, sculptures, gilding and chandeliers. It’s a cosy spot to get out of the cold. The terrace is heated so you can even sit out there in the winter. The hotel and its café have been part of the Wielemans-Ceuppens Brewery family for seven generations. Over the years, they have both played host to many famous celebrities and big names from the world of cinema. For the people of Brussels, the landmark is a symbol of the capital and simply the place to be. When it comes to food and drink, enjoy a selection of artisanal Belgian beers alongside typical Brussels brasserie dishes.

Kaki. Cake Bar

Kaki. Cake Bar is Brussels' first Asian cake shop. Located in Saint-Gilles, it is run by Gwen, who opened the patisserie following the experience of a lifetime in Thailand. Kaki comes from 'Kakinang', meaning 'one of our own' in the Teo-Chew dialect, whether denoting a family member or someone close to you. Gwen's speciality is the Ka Bao, a pastry combining the Chinese roll cake and the Taiwanese bao buns. Made using Genoise sponge cake and cream, it comes in a variety of flavours, including fresh mango, passion fruit, grated coconut, matcha and azuki, and raspberries and speculoos. All this can be enjoyed with signature drinks, such as a Ca Phe Phin (a Vietnamese-style coffee) or a Hojicha Latte. Come and treat yourself to a slice of roll cake, chiffon cake or Japanese cheesecake.

Kaki. Cake Bar, Asian cake shop, patisserie, tearoom in Brussels (Saint-Gilles)

La petite parisienne

La Petite Parisienne tearoom is Brussels' first certified organic patisserie. It is run by Katia, the petite Parisienne herself. With her team, her approach is to swap out sugar for more intense flavours. Their gourmet treats are prepared using local ingredients, changing both with the seasons and according to their inspiration at the time. No dyes are used either, only natural colours. The patisserie’s open kitchen allows customers to witness Katia and the team preparing their desserts. Their specialities include lemon curd tart, Black Forest gateau, Paris-Brest, mille-feuilles, fruit-topped amandines, etc. These tasty treats are guaranteed to provide that perfect moment of indulgence!

La petite parisienne, patisserie and tearoom in Brussels (Saint-Gilles)

Boentje Café

A ‘boentje’ is a Brussels expression denoting a pronounced feeling of infatuation. This feeling best characterises founders Victoria and Sandrine’s affinity for local produce. Boentje Café, a 'Good Food Resto' establishment, is a zero-waste coffee shop located in Schaerbeek. It uses reusable containers and cups, stainless steel straws, cloth napkins, waste recycling, second-hand and recycled decorations, etc. It promotes a circular economy and provides workshops to familiarise visitors with this philosophy. Their food is inspired by classic Belgian homemade recipes, which they reimagine and revisit: carrot cake, chocolate fondant, caramel, chocolate and peanut cookies... All are served with Brussels-roasted fair trade coffee, infusions made from plants grown within the capital or hot chocolate made with milk produced by a farm in Hainaut. Stop by Boentje for a quick bite, and let the two managers share their love of local produce through their recipes.


Chambelland bakery and patisserie was founded by biologist Thomas Teffri-Chambelland and entrepreneur and globetrotter Nathaniel Doboin. The two men who wanted to launch a food business that made sense and changed people’s lives: to make organic sourdough bread without gluten or additives. And just like that, rice flour bread was born! The bakery first opened in Paris and has its own flour mill. In Ixelles, sit back and enjoy the flat rectangle-shaped breads and artisanal pastries, all made with rice or buckwheat flour. They make dried fruit, sugar or cocoa breads, tarts, matcha cake, vegan banana bread, chouquettes, eclairs and cookies. You’ll find all the great classics and discover their own original creations. Their use of rice flour means you will feel full for longer and get more energy and nutrients!

Chambelland, bakery and patisserie, tearoom in Brussels (Ixelles)