Writing about Easter yesterday inevitably got me thinking about Sunday brunch. When I was young we always went out for a special brunch on Easter Sunday, which seems like a good tradition to continue. As mentioned before on this blog, brunch was difficult to come by when I first moved to Brussels. Lately, however, it seems that there are more and more options springing up all around town.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go this weekend, here are my top picks for Sunday brunch in Brussels. I’ve tried to list them by “style” to fit different tastes. And don’t worry, they’re all open on Easter (I’ve called to check).
Fashionable – Head to Gaudron, a deli and restaurant open every day of the week on the posh Place Brugmann. I recommend the eggs Benedict, Gaudron sample plate or club sandwich. They also usually have a good daily soup. Expect to pay around €20 per person.
3 Place George Brugmann, 1050Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 343 97 90
Brunch – Sunday 7:00am-7:00pm
Artsy – Check out Bla Bla & Gallery, a restaurant in the Marolles area, which is great for a Sunday stroll. As the name suggests, it also hosts a small art gallery and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Every Sunday they offer a continental brunch special for €22.50, which includes a choice of pastries, eggs, salads, warm dishes, fruit, juice and hot drinks. Stop by one of my favorite shops nearby afterwards.
55 Rue des Capucins, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 503 59 18
Brunch – Sunday 11:30am-4:00pm
Trendy – Café de la Presse on Avenue Louise is the place to be these days. What looks like used, retro furniture gives this popular coffee-house a warm, vintage charm. For €16, you can choose from buffet dishes, bread, fruit and pastries, along with juice. Wifi and newspapers available.
493 Avenue Louise, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 644 48 03
Brunch – Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm
Bookworm – Cook & Book should be on your list. This is a great book shop near the Woluwe Shopping Center that was ranked one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. They serve a warm and cold buffet (with drinks) for €19.50. Reservation required so call ahead. There’s a great selection of books to browse while you wait.
1 Place du Temps Libre, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
Tel: +32 2 761 26 16
Brunch – Sunday 11:30am-3:30pm
Nature lover – L’Orangerie du Parc d’Egmont is a perfect spot. My blogger friend Alison posted a helpful review of this restaurant and cafe a few months ago. It’s a bit on the pricy side (€28 per person) but is a lovely place to enjoy a relaxing brunch with friends. Located in the somewhat hidden park behind The Hotel on Boulevard de Waterloo.
Parc d’Egmont, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 513 99 48
Brunch – Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm
Images via Gaudron, Bla Bla & Gallery, Cafe de la Presse, Bookstore Guide and Wikipedia.