When the days grow longer and sunnier, the Beurscafé (housed within the Beursschouwburg) temporarily moves up to the rooftop on the fifth floor. The rooftop bar offers a nice view over Bourse, the former stock exchange building. Around lunchtime, you can take your food up for a picnic under the Brussels sun. It is also very nice in the evening, when party lights flood the place in a magical vibe.
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Playlabel Rooftop Bar
Although the bar sits on top of the Crosby Bowling building, it has very little to do with bowling. Instead it’s all about good music and a festive vibe. Install in one of the sun chairs while sipping from a cocktail and watch the sun go down. On one side of the bar you’ll even look down on a remainder of the wall around Brussels!
Summer Secret Rooftop Bar
When it comes to views, the rooftop of the Warwick hotel might very well be my favorite. Situated around Grand Place, it offers a unique view of the Brussels townhall. The place is a nice setting for afterwork drinks as well as a romantic spot to watch the sunset with your date. Especially when a band starts playing some live music…
Personally, I think this one is a bit blasé and the drinks are a bit too expensive, but I’m still adding it on the list because it is a beautiful place. Situated on the seventh floor of the JAM hotel, Perché is a rooftop bar with an industrial design. Although the view is less impressive, they make up for it with a rooftop swimming pool.
Rooftop of the Royal Library
This one is slightly different from the others in that you won’t get cocktails, music or late-night parties here. It is actually a canteen for the people working in the library, which is also open to the public. Take to elevator to the fifth floor and you’ll find an oasis of peace with an amazing view over both the city center and the Palace of Justice.
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The rooftop bar of the Musical Instrument’s Museum
After enjoying the exhibitions in the museum (or not: access is free), make sure to complete your visit by checking out the rooftop terrace on the 11th floor. Part of the seating area is housed within the dome of the art nouveau building. Up there, you’ll be treated to a nice view of the Brussels city center.