We continue our tour of the best Brussels cafés.
Without a shadow of a doubt the best summer venue in Brussels is to be found in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, close to the Schuman end of the park. Francois de Villers has created a dance hall, music venue and bar-restaurant all rolled into one. This pop-up venue is covered by a giant, rolling sail – at times it seems that whole place might take off into the skies and the dancers would be dancing their way past the clouds.
So, what’s on offer? Succulent burgers cooked before your eyes and wraps – either chicken or veggie – and much more besides. Tables and chairs surround the dance floor and extend out into the park itself, even beneath the trees. My favourite night is when the place is swinging and dance partners whirl around the floor, displaying serious skill as they take us back to those dance hall days.
Salsa and Lindy Hop rule but there are also rock’n’roll concerts and electronic parties, yoga classes and fabulous pétanque tournaments. This all adds up to make the Guinguette de Maurice the perfect spot to keep you in a good mood. The guinguette is open until 23 September but have no fear that sail will be hoisted once more next year when Spring comes around.
So, if you’re out for a walk in the park and you hear mellifluous music – and the aroma of burgers – wafting through the trees you have come to the right place.
- Francois has four other pop-up venues: The Guinguette Gisèle is located at the entrance of the Abbey of La Cambre, in Ixelles. The Guinguette Fabiola is located in King Baudouin park on Chaussée de Wemmel in Jette. La Guinguette Henri is located in the George Henri Park, in the commune of Woluwe Saint Lambert.