AROMA COFFEE LOUNGE
+32 (0)2 513 58 85
Grand-Place was voted the most beautiful square in Europe in a recent Dutch survey. But where do you sit to enjoy the view? Some people perch on stone benches, others sit on the first floor of Le Roi d’Espagne. For the best view of all, enter the Aroma Coffee Lounge, buy a coffee and take it upstairs. You might get a window table on the first floor. If not, go up one more floor and you come to a small room with seating for about ten people. Almost no one ever comes here, so you can sit at the table next to the window and enjoy a privileged view of Grand-Place.
Mont des Arts
Here is one of the city’s most secret places. Take the lift to the 5th floor of the National Library and follow the signs to the cafeteria. You can buy a coffee here and enjoy one of the finest views of the city. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm.
Rue de l’Evêque 1
Closed since July 31. 2017. RIP Parking 58.
Locals are campaigning to save the car park Parking 58 from demolition. You might wonder why anyone would want to save this run-down relic of Expo 58. The reason is found when you take the dilapidated lift to the top, level 10. Almost no one parks up here, but you get a fascinating view of the old centre of Brussels. The mixture of baroque towers and modern office buildings is hardly beautiful, but it is undoubtedly fascinating. It may all be gone one day. Enjoy it while you can.
Crosly Bowling looks more like a petrol station than a bowling alley. It stands uncomfortably next to a stretch of mediaeval city wall. Go inside and climb to the top floor, where you can sit on the terrace with a coffee enjoying an unexpected urban view.
Musée de l’Armée
Parc du Cinquantenaire
+32 (0)2 737 78 11
You can reach the top of the Cinquantenaire arch, built in 1905, by going into the Army Museum and following the sign to ‘Arcades’. The lift takes you up to the top of the arch where you get a panoramic view of the European Quarter and the Avenue de Tervuren.