In most cities, visitors stop in cafés in between visiting the sights. In Brussels the cafés (think British pub rather than tea-and-cakes shop) are the sights, and visiting a museum or two just gives your liver the necessary respite before another drink. Nearly every street in the city centre has at least one marvellously atmospheric café. Styles vary from cosy, fire-warmed options on the Grand Place that throw tables out onto the square in summer, providing perfect people- and architecture-watching opportunities, to showy art nouveau places and medieval survivors around the Bourse, and hip and heaving options in St-Géry and Ixelles. Don’t leave town without trying as many of our favourites listed here as possible.