A weekend in…
Wining & dining
LA FLEUR EN PAPIER DORÉ €
This century-old pub, the beloved watering hole of René Magritte and other artists, is as authentic as they come. It’s the perfect place for a Belgian beer.
Rue des Alexiens 55 lafleurenpapierdore.be
LES GENS QUE J’AIME €
A cute, curious, informal bar with a decent selection of beers and cocktails. If there is space, sit upstairs on one of the old sofas while gazing at the crowd downstairs. Bourse
Rue du Midi 15
This theatre bar opens its rooftop in summer and for special occasions, giving you a nice view over Brussels. They often also throw some live music, dance or theatre into the mix as well. Sainte-Catherine & Saint-Géry Rue Auguste Orts 20/28 beursschouwburg.be
Our favourite place for a coffee, right across BOZAR (see page 44). They serve a great cup of joe and even better pastries and quiches. Museum Quarter
Rue Ravenstein 20 mugcoffee.be
L’ARCHIDUC € €
A hidden jazz bar in the centre of town. On weekend nights, talented musicians often take to the stage. Check the online calendar. Sainte-Catherine & Saint-Géry Rue Antoine Dansaert 6 archiduc.net
BARBETON € €
A hip cocktail bar that attracts students as well as young professionals and, during the day, even senior citizens. Its name means Bar Concrete, describing its industrial interior. Sainte-Catherine & Saint-Géry
Rue Antoine Dansaert 114 barbeton.be
DELIRIUM € €
A tourist’s staple. This huge bar, an outlet of the eponymous beer brand, can be quite packed, but that only makes it cosier. Order the Delirium Tremens beer, but be careful: it has an ABV of 8.5 per cent.
Impasse de la Fidélité 4 deliriumvillage.com
BRUSSELS BEER PROJECT € €
Brussels Beer Project is creating wildly popular, experimental microbrews. In its taproom, you can taste them all, poured to perfection. It also has taprooms in Paris and Tokyo. Sainte-Catherine & Saint-Géry
Rue Antoine Dansaert 188 beerproject.be
CAFÉ MORT SUBITE € €
Café Mort Subite was the birthplace of the Mort Subite beer, the most famous Gueuze beer, a typical bruxellois variety. Try this bitter brew here in this traditional tavern.
Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7 alamortsubite.com
LA PHARMACIE ANGLAISE € € €
This cocktail bar is like a giant cabinet of curiosities. The walls are packed with weird (sometimes scary) things and they know how to shake a great cocktail.
Coudenberg 66 lapharmacieanglaise.com