We always appreciate a chance to elevate our summer days by escaping the city fringes beyond the ground level. While Brussels is not traditionally known for its rooftop scene, we are witnessing a refreshing transformation in recent years. The cityscape is becoming dotted with alluring rooftop destinations that offer another perspective on Brussels. We bring you our curated list of rooftop establishments in Brussels.
Tope at The Hoxton hotel
The newest hotel in the city, The Hoxton Brussels, has elevated the rooftop experience with its extraordinary taqueria, Tope. Ascend to the 22nd floor and immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere accompanied by breathtaking city views, while you savour delectable tacos and sip refreshing cocktails. We can wholeheartedly confirm – this new establishment is a must-go-to.
Rooftop 58 on ‘Brucity’
Another newcomer to Brussels, the Rooftop 58 promises to be one of the most beautiful roof terraces in the city. Rooftop 58 is located on the 8th floor of the ‘BruCity’, the new administrative complex of the city of Brussels. Many Brussels’ inhabitants are familiar with these views as the ‘Brucity’ sits at the site of the former Parking 58. The new rooftop was initially opened to civil servants occupying the building, but because of the summer weather in Brussels it opened to the wider public sooner than planned, which we enthusiastically applaud.
Rooftop by The 1040 at Sofitel Brussels Europe hotel
At the top of the Sofitel Brussels Europe hotel on Place Jourdan there is the Rooftop by The 1040. Renovated for this season, the rooftop offers modern chic atmosphere with nice views over this part of the EU quarter. After a busy day at work, you can enjoy a selection of refreshing cocktails and small dishes to share.
Perché at JAM hotel
Perché, the rooftop of the JAM hotel, is already well known to Brussels inhabitants. It was one of the first modern rooftops in the city and it serves as the reference to summer in Brussels. Visit this spot for the unique city views and a cocktail or two, while sitting next to the refreshing swimming pool.
Rooftop at Beursschouwburg
If you want to immerse yourself in a more artistic and cultural place, you should definitely visit the terrace of the Beurscchouwburg. It’s not a classical rooftop but it has amazing views above Brussels and that is a reason enough to include it in our list.
Royal Library Café – Albert
Have you been to the monumental royal library building in Brussels, which is popularly called ‘L’Albertine’? The Albert restaurant on the 5th floor serves tasty local treats and offers one of the best views of Brussels. Remember that the opening hours are aligned with those of the Royal Library.
BOZAR rooftop terrace
Brussels’ Centre for Fine Arts, Bozar reopened its rooftop terrace with an added programme of urban initiatives transforming the space into “an animated public square”. The 2023-2024 season is called On Top of That and offers all kinds of urban initiatives will take their place on the roof with a committed programme on the theme of urbanisation and the use of public space.
This is one of the spots that we really like! Located on top of the Wiels museum, this is not a rooftop bar nor a restaurant (but you can bring your own drinks), it is simply a lovely terrace for reflection and relaxation for all those visitors who want to observe Brussels from a unique viewpoint. The access is free – open from Tuesday to Sunday (11:00 – 18:00).
This has been long on our list – Soko is located on the top of a lone-standing building on the Ring of Brussels. There’s forest surrounding it as long as the eye can see. Don’t loose hope seeing that their reservation system is full: one can pass by without reservation between 5-7PM as well as after 10PM. Easily accessible with the scenic Tram 44 from Montgomery. Their Spicy Frozen Margarita cocktail is a MUST try!
La Villa in the Sky
This spot is not a classical rooftop bar but rather a restaurant, located at a height of 120 meters on the roof of the IT tower in Avenue Louise. It is a home to one of the hotspots of Brussels gastronomy (Michelin Guide, chef Alexandre Dionisio) and offers a different perspective of the Brussels skyline paired with fine dining. Open from Tuesday to Saturday (19:30 – 21:30). Also open in the afternoon from Wednesday to Friday.
Restaurant at the Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
*This venue is temporarily closed until further notice. The restaurant of the Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM) is located on the top floor of this magnificent Art Nouveau building. However, it is currently closed due to renovations.
Also worth exploring: We plan on visiting the rooftop called Eight and a few more establishments in/around Brussels. Stay tuned, we will update this page regularly and let us know in case there is another spot that we should not miss 🙂