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Brussels may not always have the weather, but it has plenty of terrace tables just waiting for that moment when the Sun gods shine on the city.

Just be prepared to race the locals to these best tables for cool beers on a warm day .

  • Le Bar du Matin

    Chaussée d'Alsemberg 172, 1190 Forest, Belgium

    Despite its unpromising location on the corner of a busy junction, a buzzy, friendly crowd loves the suntrap terrace here.

    If the curated selection of craft beers don’t relax you enough, try the deckchairs for a literally laid-back vibe.

  • Bar du Gaspi

    Chaussée de Haecht 309, 1030 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Along with the lovely Parc Josaphat and the cute volunteer-run Beer Museum, this is another great reason to visit Schaerbeek.

    Sip artisanal beers on its corner terrace, facing the beautiful art nouveau houses of Avenue Louis Bertrand .

  • L’Athénée

    Rue Jules Bouillon 2, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

    The interior might be all grunge and gloom, but the terrace occupying the large square outside is anything but.

    It’s popular with students after dark , and a great spot for a beer in the shade of the Saint Boniface church.

  • Jam Hotel

    Chaussée de Charleroi 132, 1060

    Brussels’ newest, funkiest address is part hotel, part upscale pizza joint, housed in a former art school renovated with love and an eye for design.

    Its rooftop terrace will be one of the city’s hottest spots this summer.

  • Brasserie Verschueren

    Parvis de St-Gilles 11, 1060

    An arty, vintage hangout at one end of the bustling Parvis, the heart of boho Saint Gilles.

    Come on Thursdays for an evening market of food vans, mobile wine bars and musicians, turning the entire square into one big terrace party .

  • Café Belga

    Place Eugène Flagey 18, 1050

    Pull up a deckchair on perhaps the biggest, sunniest terrace in town, beside the Ixelles ponds, to indulge in some people-watching at this iconic café-bar.

    It’s part of the art deco Flagey cultural centre– a local landmark .

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