The perfect spot for summer: La Terrasse O²

With the arrival of the beautiful weather, everyone is searching for great places to spend sunny days and long, balmy evenings: a place in a beautiful setting to enjoy lunch or an early evening aperitif, a light dinner, drinks ‘til late and even dancing. Thankfully, Brussels has just the place: La Terrasse O².

Formerly the Boitsfort racetrack, this chic pop-up bar, restaurant and general summer hang out spot in idyllic leafy surroundings on the edge of the Cambre forest has become the place to kick back and soak up the rays each summer in great company. With mature trees, a pretty complex of ponds and cosy outdoor sofas and deckchairs to relax in as you listen to the bird song, you can hardly believe you are still in the city.

A packed programme

Now in its fifteenth year, La Terrasse O² keeps expanding its programme of events: there is something for everyone from families to sport fans and foodies. This year guests can enjoy regular yoga sessions, weekend family brunches, an organic market, photography exhibitions, live DJs, a concept store specialising in Belgian creations and much, much more. With the World Cup kicking off in Russia on 14 June, La Terrasse O² will be organising special evenings, with matches shown on a huge screen and a real party atmosphere. Check the Terrasse Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Terrasse02/ for the full calendar.

Green matters

Respecting the beautiful environment that surrounds it, La Terrasse O² has boosted its green credentials for 2018 with huge recycling efforts, a special mobility plan (featuring partnerships with Billy Bike, Drive Now, Uber and Scooty as well as promoting pedestrian, bike and public transport access). La Terrasse is also part of Reforest Action and has planted 4000 trees in Haiti to offset its carbon footprint. A truly green initiative!

Chef’s Playtime

For those in search of a very special gastronomic experience, Culinaria (the celebrated Brussels gastronomic festival) will be putting on two exclusive “Chef’s Playtime” dinners at La Terrasse O², each one a collaboration between two Michelin-starred chefs. On Monday 4 June, the dream team of Yves Mattagne of the Sea Grill http://www.seagrill.be/en/restaurant and Giovanni Bruno of Senzanome https://www.senzanome.be/ will be collaborating, whilst on Monday 11 June, it is the turn of Alexandre Dionisio of La Villa in the Sky http://www.lavillainthesky.be/ and Mathieu Jacri of Villa Emily http://www.lavillaemily.be/en/ . The chefs will be taking inspiration from the beautiful outdoor setting, using barbecue and grill techniques for a summery, relaxed and inspired evening.

Each dinner is €100 including an aperitif and tickets can be reserved by emailing: sandrine@simplybetter.be

La Terrasse 02 opens on Friday 18 May and stays open until 20 July.