Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium

Aah, rooftops. They offer amazing city views and form the backdrop to some of the best parties you’ll ever go to. In short, they’re just awesome. Here’s The Word Magazine’s ode to Belgium’s best.

Brussels

1. Best for hangover brunch

Plonked on top of a 1899 art-nouveau masterpiece that hides a turbulent architectural past behind its facade, the rooftop of the Musical Instruments Museum is one of Belgium’s finest. Once you get past the museum’s exhibition floors in an ancient lift, take a seat on the terrace that surrounds the dome of the MIM. Sunday brunch is from 10h until 15h and for €28 you’ve got yourself an all-you-can-eat morning after feast.

Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium MIM
Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium MIM
Musical Instrument Museum, Montagne de la Cour 2 Hofberg – 1000 Brussels
www.mim.be

2. Best for romance

‘How could a car park possibly be romantic?’ you might be thinking. Once you get past the screeching, outdated elevator and reach the tenth floor, Brussels city centre is laid out at your feet. Snogging is most definitely allowed, but simply sitting down with a bunch of friends for an apero is also acceptable.

Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium Parking 58
Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium Parking 58
Parking 58, Rue de l’Evêque 1 Bisschopsstraat – 1000 Brussels

3. Best for music, sun and drinks

As a summer-only collaboration between Play Label, Downtown Club and Number Six, this rooftop on the fourth floor of the Crosly bowling building is a gem. When the sun decides to show its face, DJs, a bar, beach chairs and comfy cushions turn this tarmac square into one hell of a summer exclusive.

Play Label Rooftop, Boulevard de l’Empereur 36 Keizerlaan – 1000 Brussels
www.facebook.com/playlabelrooftop

Antwerp

4. Best for stargazing

Although the rooftop of Antwerp’s MAS – an architectural tour de force by Neutelings Riedijk Architects – is open to the public all year round, the museum turns their highest floor into a night sky observatory every Thursday evening during the summer. When clear, planets Venus and Saturn can be seen in all their glory. Neat!

Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium MAS
MAS, Hanzestedenplaats 1 – 2000 Antwerp
www.mas.be

5. Best for networking

Coffeelabs is the moniker under which Idealabs – a start-up collaboration between a coder, an investor and a professor – offer a platform for the like-minded to sit down, sip some of the finest coffee in town and enjoy home-made salads, juices and cakes. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium Coffeelabs
Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium Coffeelabs
Coffeelabs, Lange Klarenstraat 19 – 2000 Antwerp
www.idealabs.be/coffeelabs
www.facebook.com/CoffeelabsAntwerp

Ghent

6. Best for night time shenanigans

You may want to keep this one hush as there’s no official entrance to this industrial, graffiti-covered leftovers of a concrete factory. The Interbeton rooftop is an excellent backdrop for mischievous city kids. If you get caught, you didn’t hear it from us.

Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium
Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium
DOK, Koopvaardijlaan site – 9000 Ghent
www.dokgent.be

7. Best for local produce

Located 30 metres up in the modest penthouse of an old factory building, we get the whole 007 vibe the people behind Ghent-based restaurant Coeur d’Artichaut have put into their rooftop restaurant concept. With a menu that changes only every few months, you can bet your boots that whatever ends up on your plate has been handled with care and conscientiousness. You might want to make a reservation, though.

M restaurant, Gasmeterlaan 110 – 9000 Ghent
www.m-gent.be

8. Best for city views

Better be quick if you still want to catch this one, as the inhabitants of these ’70s social housing apartment blocks found out back in 2009 that they’re going to be torn down. The rooftops of the three soon-to-be-gone towers offer an unequaled city panorama. Abandoned by all, it’s a free passage all the way up.

Rabot towers, Begijnhoflaan 10 – 9000 Ghent