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5 beach bars you should visit in Ostend

Belgium is a beach holiday destination that you never expected. Ostend has some of the best beaches in the country with ideal swimming conditions, perfect sand, and the best bars to spend sunny afternoons. Beach Bars are a perfect place to bring your family, spend time with your friends or enjoy a solo date with your favourite book. Beach Bars are usually open from May to September depending on the weather and are popular when the sun shines. Book a stay in Leopold Hotel Ostend and enjoy visiting the best beach bars in Ostend. Here are some of our favourites.

Phare East

If lying in the sun is not your idea of a great day at the beach, Phare East is for you. The renovated Ostend Sailing Club on the beach at Oosteroever is the starting point for many beach activities, ideal for active friends and families. Here you can try out sea rafting, kayaking, wave surfing, kiting, dune orientation, beach sports and more. After the activities, you can spend a relaxing afternoon on the beach, enjoying tasty food in the bar & bistro on the beach terrace. In the evenings it becomes a beach bar with plenty of refreshments to enjoy. At the moment they are only open at the weekend but that may change.

Polé Polé Beach Bar

Polé Polé Beach Bar is a pop-up beach bar open on sunny days from May to September. It has a nostalgic, traditional feel with something a little exotic to make it interesting. There is a Caribbean vibe with a maritime setting that’s ideal for sunny days. Its location on Albert I-promenade is ideal for families and friends to relax and enjoy the views. Their cocktails and tapas menu are great for lunch or dinner and give you a little of what you fancy. They often have events like live music and DJs; keep an eye on their social media for more.

Bondi Beach Bar

Are you missing the sunshine and good vibes of Australia this summer? Bondi Beach brings a touch of down under to Ostend in Bondi Beach Club with a focus on food, drinks and music. You’ll find them on the beach near Casino Oostende and if you don’t see them, you’ll hear the music calling you! On warm days you can bask in the sunshine or seek shade under the umbrellas of this stylish beach club which is good for families, friends, and couples. They have a good selection of food and drink with reasonable prices. The beach bar is open from the Easter holidays until mid-September, depending on weather conditions.

Blue Buddha Beach Club

Blue Buddha Beach is a hip place for young and old and an ideal place to spend a warm day in Ostend. There is friendly, unfussy atmosphere in this beach club which is good for families and friends. You can lounge, relax and enjoy some delicious tapas with your feet in the sand listening to music. On the terrace, enjoy panoramic views of the beach and sea, perfect for a romantic sunset. For the children, there is a large playground and for the parents, they have a large pétanque square that’s great for friendly competition. It’s a popular beach bar when the sun shines so get there early or make a reservation.

Marie-K Beach

If you’re here with family including children, it can be hard to find the balance between allowing them to have fun without intruding on other beachgoers. Marie-K Beach is the most child-friendly beach bar in Ostend. Its stylish bar and lounge has a beanbag corner, ideal for sulking teens or for children catching up with their devices or sitting out of the sun. They have a first aid post, excellent sanitary facilities, and a temporary terrace on the beach of Ostend. During the summer months, you can enjoy sports activities and events. You can reserve sun loungers, windbreakers, umbrellas and more on their website in advance to avoid any hassle when you arrive. It’s the ideal location to spend a relaxing afternoon on the beach with your family.


Book a beach holiday in Ostend with excellent accommodation at Leopold Hotel. We offer flexible, comfortable guest bedrooms in a convenient location close to the beach. We look forward to welcoming you to our family-friendly accommodation in Ostend.

Sarah Corcorcan

Sarah Corcorcan

With a keen interest in travelling and writing, our blog writer Sarah explores as often as possible, finding new and exciting places to write about. From popular tourist spots to hidden gems, Sarah aims to find the best of beautiful places so you can get the best out of your visit. Having visited Belgium numerous times, she has a special affection for its heritage, coastline and friendly locals.

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