An exhibition and a restaurant: our selection of museum cafés and restaurants in Brussels

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Le café de la Villa - Fondation Boghossian (c) Fondation Boghossian- Villa Empain

Are you planning an art marathon? Do you want to discuss the latest exhibition over a bite to eat? Or simply have a drink somewhere other than the local bar? Take note food aficionados and fans of cafés and other arty bars, Brussels museums have something to treat yourself to after (or before) your visit!

From stylish restaurants to intimate tea rooms, via avant-garde cafeterias and hybrid bars, there is something for everyone! Here we serve up our selection for you...

Les filles (BELvue Museum): A garden in the city

A stone's throw from the Royal Palace, in the heart of the city, Les Filles Belvue is set out of sight in a pocket garden. The green setting of this restaurant with bay windows looking out on to the surrounding trees can be enjoyed in both summer and winter. The menu contains delicious dishes full of local and organic products with great vegetarian options. The menu changes every day depending on the season and availability.

About the BELvue Museum: A museum about Belgium and its history, but also a "centre for democracy", the BELvue Museum has a recently reworked museography. Democracy, prosperity, solidarity, pluralism, migration, languages, Europe: these are the variety of themes used by the BELvue Museum to help you to discover Belgium.

The current programme: at the BELvue Museum

Kamilou (WIELS) An exceptional industrial setting 

WIELS has taken up quarters in one of the jewels of the capital's modernist industrial architecture. Its restaurant, Kamilou, has placed its tables in the former brewing hall between the magnificent period vats with their copper sheen. It offers family and seasonal cuisine, in a spacious setting that is wide open to the city. A hassle-free spot for a break while you are on-the-go and that is delicious and arty in equal measure.

About WIELS: WIELS aims to present contemporary art in all its rich variety and put the public in touch and in continuous dialogue with the latest developments and debates in the world of art.

The current programme at WIELS  

Kamilou, Wiels (c) Julien Hayard

Café Europa (House of European History): a drink in the heart of Europe

Located in the heart of the House of European History, Café Europa offers a gastronomic culinary experience with a view over Léopold Park. Its light and creative cuisine is a cosmopolitan as its customers. The home-made desserts, one of the specialties of the chef, are particularly noteworthy. Cosy banquettes, light wood touches and a zen ambiance complement the spirit of the place.

About the House of European History: The permanent exhibition off the House of European History guides you through the key moments of European history. From the convictions and beliefs of the 19th century, follow history marked by destruction and war, leading to the quest for a new, peaceful and increasingly united way of life.

The current programme: at the House of European History

Albert (KBR): a gourmet rooftop

At the heart of the Mont des Arts, the rooftop of the Restaurant albert is about to become the one of the most popular terraces in Brussels. With its panoramic view over the city centre and its extremely high-quality menu, albert offers a local, sustainable and environmentally-friendly experience. This restaurant, with its sophisticated designer style, has a minimalist and skilfully retro ambiance from breakfast through to afternoon tea, via lunch. This summer, do not miss the albert culture events, a series of open-air concerts to make the warm days even more vibrant.

About KBR: Belgium has been hiding a treasure for 600 years: the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy. Inaugurated in 2020, the new KBR museum is a unique place in which to learn about the cultural past of the Middle Ages in Europe, and to admire the splendid illuminated manuscripts of the Library of the Dukes.

The current programme at the KBR

Terrasse Albert - KBR

Victor Café (Bozar): sunlit outdoor seating area

Contemporary design and art deco architecture combine perfectly at the Victor Café. Its clean lines echo a simple and delicious "Healthy & Funky" menu. As for its architecture, do not miss the visual nods (including the magnificent green granito) to Victor Horta, the architect of the premises after whom the café is named. For an arty touch, look carefully at the embroidered curtains signed by the Belgian artist Valérie Mannaerts. Bonus: the outdoor seating area facing the street enables you to enjoy the sun without missing any of the hustle and bustle of the city. Finally, discerning gourmets are entering the doors of the Bozar restaurant, which has a Michelin star.  

About Bozar:  When talking about culture in Belgium, we inevitably thinks of the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. Whether it be exhibitions, concerts, theatre, cinema or projects focusing on literature and architecture, Bozar always showcases originality and innovation. 

The current programme at Bozar

Café of the Villa Empain (Boghossian Foundation): art deco setting

Comfortably established in Baron Empain's former private lounge, the Villa's Café is the ideal place to enjoy a gourmet experience in an opulent setting where marble, gilded brass and precious wood feature strongly. As regards the food, the Villa's Café continues to build on the original collaborations for the creation of short-lived menus: the fusion harmonies of the Michelin-starred chef of San, the locavore flavours of TERO and today BELI, a Lebanese-inspired restaurant.

About the Boghossian Foundation: The Villa Empain, a remarkable testimony of art deco architecture, is home to the Boghossian Foundation, a centre of art and dialogue between eastern and western cultures. It offers the public a rich and varied programme (performances, conferences, festive events, international meetings, guided tours).

The current programme at the Boghossian Foundation

Café de la Villa (c)

RN express (Train world): Vintage café

The predominantly blue decor of the RN express plunges us into the vintage spirit of station cafés. With its wooden counter, railway etchings and designer lamps, this charming brasserie offers simple menu in an original setting. It is ideal for enjoying a cool beverage or a coffee before or after immersing yourself in the wonderful environment of the museum.

About Train World: The new Train World museum showcases the past, present and future of Belgian railways. Steam locomotives, luxury carriages, station clocks and archives…in short, it presents the most wonderful items from the historical collection of Belgian rolling stock. It is a unique experience in an incredible immersive scenography.

The current programme at Train World

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