With summer just around the corner, days have got longer and the weather is treating us to warmer temperatures. On a sunny day the whole city comes alive and everyone’s seeking the perfect spot to enjoy the sunlight. Here are the best terraces in Brussels to soak up the sun! 



Located close to Place Sainte-Catherine, one of the most beautiful areas in downtown Brussels, the terrace of De Markten is the perfect place for a pit-stop between shopping, a quick bite or a cup of coffee under the shade of trees. > Read the full review here <



Part of the Fred Nicolay family, Le Bar du Matin is very popular for its large sunny terrace, free wifi and Belgian atmosphere. > Read the full review here <



Located atop a bowling centre, Play Label is a pop up bar that opens its doors during the summer and welcomes the Bruxellois to celebrate the sunshine with cocktails and electronic music. > Read the full review here <



Pin Pon’s large terrace remains peaceful, even when crowded. Just off the Place du Jeu de Balle in the Marolles, you can combine your visit there with a some antique shopping at the flea market during the weekends. > Read the full review here < 



The terrace of Cook & Book is spacious and a great spot for both parents and book lovers. After browsing through their vast collection of books you can enjoy a lovely meal outdoors and if you’re lucky enough, find a free chaise longue for a spot of sunbathing. > Read the full review here <



Cafe Belga is a Brussels institution and the landmark of Place Flagey. Always busy, unpretentious and with one of the largest terraces in the city, it’s a great choice for people watching. > Read the full review here <



One of my favourite spots in the area of Sablon for its Parisian feel and great terrace. Don’t forget to try their homemade pain au levain! > Read the full review here <



This is probably the best place to while away a sunny afternoon. Hope on the ferry connecting the Bois de la Cambre to the restaurant and you’ll find yourselves soaking up the sun in one of the best parks in Brussels> Read the full review here <



A real gem in Uccle! This modern wine bar serves delicious small dishes and natural wine that you can enjoy in the spacious terrace. An oasis of calm away from the busy city centre. > Read the full review here <



The second branch of La Fabrique is one of the best brunch spots in Brussels and also a really nice place for lunch or a coffee break. The terrace is spacious and bathed in sun overlooking the beautiful Egmont park> Read the full review here <



On the top floor of the Jam Hotel, you’ll find a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy cocktails and relax on the sundecks. Perfect spot for a drink or two with friends when the weather is nice! > Read the full review here <

Have you tried any of these places? What are your favourite terraces to hang out on a sunny day in Brussels?

Sandy (@smarksthespots)

  • De Markten is one of my all time favorite spots for a drink/late summer dinner under the trees. A more recent find is Etiquette – they have an outdoor terrace (granted, it is on a busy road) but their wine selection and tapas are wonderful!! Up across from Abbaye de la Cambre so really you could have an afternoon lie in the sun in the park and then wander across the street for a drink afterwards.

  • Bart Van de Walle

    I’ve never been on the roof terrace of Crosby Bowling, but I’ve heard it’s very nice with a fantastic view. I like the bars and their terraces on Parvis de St-Gilles as well, with a preference for the classics, Brasserie Verschueren and Brasserie de l’Union. Café Liberty and their neighbours on place de la Liberté were fine as well, but have closed down, because owner AB Inbev wants something else…
    Already out of the city, but within the Capital Region, is restaurant In Den Appelboom, in the rue du Pommier in Anderlecht. It’s wonderful to be able to sit in the garden and have a drink or something to eat, and a nice place to walk those calories off again…

    • Thanks so much for all your great tips, Bart! 🙂 I really like the Parvis de Saint-Gilles too – you’ll normally find me at Cipiace but i’d really like to try some of the classics too. Place Liberté is also a great place; I had actually no idea that the Liberty has closed down. Such a pitty, I loved it there! As for Anderlecht, it’s an area I haven’t explored that much but Den Appelboom looks fantastic, so now I have a reason to do so soon!