Living in Brussels

A Drink (And More) With Altitude


The times, they are a’changing… ever faster. This post was thus updated on August 16, 2023

Rooftop bars: the phrase immediately brings to mind trendy sky-high oases in Singapore, New York or Bangkok. But from now on, think of Brussels. Far above the bustle of the city, relax with a drink and a bite and take in fantastic views and music at various spots in the city. And unlike in other major cities, this little dose of luxury won’t break the bank! Imagine that! Here is my bird’s eye view:

Not Afraid Of Height? Then…

  • The Eight Rooftop: Perched on the 8th floor of the Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre in the heart of Brussels, Comfy and charming interior, the rooftop comes surrounded with panoramic 180° views over the central parts of Brussels. Wide selection of creative signature cocktails and classics, craft beers, premium spirits and a nice array of bar bites. Friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Rue du Midi 135 – 1000 Brussels

  • Albert Brussels: On the 5th floor of the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) in central Brussels, albert is a stylish rooftop restaurant and bar, offering an all-day panoramic experience. The albert menu offers organic, seasonal and natural farm-to-fork dishes created by Chef Filip Fransen.

Mont des Arts 28 – 1000 Brussels

  • Beurscafé: A vibrant and welcoming rooftop. Open year-round on the ground floor, but during concerts and parties, the action moves up to the 5th floor rooftop terrace. Views over the ancient stock exchange building and a fun & happy atmosphere, surrounded with great music.

Rue Auguste Orts 20/28 – 1000 Brussels

  • Soko Rooftop: is a highlight in Brussels. It’s all down to its exceptional location. This roof terrace on the eleventh floor of a building complex is right on the edge of the Sonian Forest. Stunning! It’s a great place for a healthy dose of oxygen, delicious snacks, drinks and, of course, fun-filled evenings!

Mechelsesteenweg 455 – 1950 Kraainem

  • Secret Rooftop by Warwick: One thing is for sure: locals rarely have a clue about the hotel offerings in their region or city.. A pity really, because there are some real gems out there! Take, for example, the five-star Warwick Brussels hotel, near Central Station. Their elegant roof terrace offers a breathtaking view of the Grand-Place and the historic center of Brussels.

Rue Duquesnoy 15 – 1000 Brussels

  • Perché: Perché, the roof terrace of the trendy Jam Hotel, is a former art school in the Châtelain neighborhood. You feel like you’re always on holiday here: downstairs you can relax or go for a paddle in the heated pool. Upstairs, you can enjoy a phenomenal view of Brussels. There are also delicious culinary bites, yummie cocktails and a great musical atmosphere.

Chaussée de Charleroi 132 – 1060 Brussels

  • The Roof by The 1040: The newly renovated Roof by The 1040 is set on the 7th floor of the Hotel Sofitel, and up here charming benches and dining tables are surrounded with lush greenery and panoramic views over Brussels. But if the prices in the restaurant scare you away, rejoice, because you are about 57 meters from the allegedly best frites in the world … Maison Antoine on Place Jourdan.

Place Jourdan 1 – 1040 Etterbeek

Back On Terra Firma

But this is another story… “la frite” … I’ll tell you.

Now and although the roof season is somehow escaping sneakily, let me suggest something: what if you and your housemates made a plan to celebrate Summer 23  on one of those roofs? I would personally call it mandatory. I’ll be there …

Cheers from above!