The Top 5 Coffee Shops in Brussels
Recently, my husband and I relocated to Germany from Belgium for his job. I was so bummed to be leaving Brussels after one year (since we were originally supposed to be there for three), and there are so many things we miss about Belgium--the waffles, the beer, and the chocolate, just to name a few.
One of our favorite things to do in Brussels on our days off was to explore the coffee shops downtown. It took a little bit of hunting to find the best craft-driven cafés, but it was definitely worth the wandering. Today, I'm sharing a few of our favorites:
1. Café du Sablon
This is hands-down my favorite coffee shop in Brussels! They have a simple but well-rounded menu ranging from basic espresso drinks to fancier craft brewing methods like siphon and pour-over. I fell in love with their chai latté and the beautiful view of Église Notre-Dame du Sablon across the street. The modern atmosphere is perfect for taking a break from sightseeing. Plus, it's related to another popular Brussels coffee shop, Café de la Presse (see #5) so you know it's got to be good.
Address: Rue de la Regence 26, 1000 Brussels
2. Café Capitale
The branding, atmosphere, and craft brewing methods at Café Capitale remind me a lot of Café du Sablon. It's a much cozier place since it has little indoor seating, which some may find uncomfortable, but I think it adds to the overall experience, especially on a chilly day. Go here for a quieter version of Café du Sablon, friendly staff, and their house-roasted single-origin coffee.
Address: Rue du Midi 45, 1000 Brussels
3. Aksum Coffee House
I've mentioned Aksum before in my very first post "Weekend in Brussels", and of course it's on my list for favorite coffee shops in Brussels. I wish I had a better photo of this coffee house because the exterior is so charming! This is one of the first coffee shops we tested out, and it's a popular one to visit in Brussels, especially since they're listed #1 for Coffee & Tea in Brussels on TripAdvisor. It's an Ethiopian coffee house and they serve their specialty well. If you're not much of a coffee drinker, go for the hot chocolate--it's decadent.
Address: Rue des Eperonnieres 60, 1000 Brussels
This one is for the espresso aficionados. They roast their own beans and have an excellent espresso bar that transports me back to Italy. With an extensive selection of origin coffee, tea, and their own house blends, there's something here for everyone. They even recommend which beans go best in lattes! Just know that it's standing room only at the bar; there's not really any seating here. But it's in a great location, just around the corner from the Grand Place, and right next door to one of my favorite places to eat in Brussels (see the Honorable Mention below).
Address: Rue du Marché aux Poulets 49, 1000 Brussels
5. Café de la Presse
This one is a locals' favorite. Located in the Ixelles neighborhood, it's further away from the more touristy areas of downtown Brussels. There's a lot of comfortable seats in the spacious sitting area and a great place to meet a friend for brunch.
Address: 493 Avenue Louise, 1050 Bruxelles
Honorable Mention: Peck 47
Okay, okay . . . I know that Peck 47 isn't actually a coffee shop. But they do serve pretty good coffee drinks, along with an excellent assortment of tea, so I felt like it was worth an Honorable Mention. It's right next door to Corica (#4) so you can check them out one after the other! Peck 47 is one of my favorite places to eat in Brussels, so you'll probably see it again in a future post. I just like it that much.
Address: Rue du Marché aux Poulets, 1000 Brussels
I hope you enjoy these cafés as much as I have during your next visit to Brussels! Happy wandering.