Look and listen. Here, it is a permanent parade of vehicles and pedestrians. Hotels, boutiques, famous department stores, more popular brands, cafés, theaters, fast-food restaurants and brasseries follow one another. We are in the extreme north of Ixelles, between Place Louise and Place du Luxembourg. Welcome to the Porte de Namur district, in the immediate vicinity of Flagey and the Châtelain district.
Not far from the European district and adjacent to the Matonge district, let’s discover the Porte de Namur district, a district full of life where ready-to-wear shops, restaurants, small bars and cultural life mix together.
The architecture of the Saint-Boniface district, partly bounded by the Ixelles and Wavre roads, offers a concentrate of European trends. From the facades of the Art Nouveau buildings to the neo-Gothic style of the Saint-Boniface church, you will witness a farandole of architectural elegance. Let’s continue to the Fernand Coq square and admire the neoclassical style of the town hall of Ixelles. Its cachet? Its impressive entrance hall and wedding hall.
If you like to have a drink in a festive atmosphere or taste cuisine from the four corners of the world, the Porte de Namur district is for you. After a night movie, make a diversion to « Chez Ta mère », a bar renowned for its crazy retro atmosphere. Feeling hungry late at night? We invite you to the Osteria Bolognese, a successful Italian restaurant. This cosmopolitan place is a great place to get away from it all, to have a good time and to enjoy yourself.
Let’s go to the intersection of the Ixelles and Wavre roads. There, in front of us opens the Brussels African district of Matonge with an exotic atmosphere. Here, we are very close to the European district and its institutions. The Matonge district has become very attractive and is frequented by locals. It offers bars, restaurants and trendy stores.
If the Matonge district is distinguished by its commercial offer, its architectural diversity also prevails. Admire the osmosis between the neoclassical and Art Deco styles. Want to spend an evening with friends in a retro atmosphere? Try the pedestrian street on the block formed by the Berger and Keyenveld streets.
Don’t miss the Hotel Le Berger, a former Brussels bachelor apartment, recently renovated, a real Art Deco showcase, where films are regularly shot.
Let’s continue to wander through this neighborhood with its typical African activities. Can you smell the scent of Afro cuisine? You will taste the best Saka Saka, a Central African dish made of manioc leaves. You will also find a wide range of tropical fruits and vegetables as well as many specialized hair salons.
Let’s continue our animated visit towards the east of the Porte de Namur district, on the other side of the chaussée de Wavre. A few streets further on, we find ourselves on the majestic semicircular Place du Luxembourg, part of the European district. Look up and see the classical style buildings, home to many bars popular with European officials. An ideal cosmopolitan place for an after-work party.
Every Tuesday, shop at the organic market that takes place here.
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Here the hub of a busy Brussels square, there the bustle of a café waiter... then a few steps away, the calm of the pond path, the sound of birds, the laughter of students. You are in Ixelles and more specifically Place Flagey, one of the trendiest and most sought-after neighbourhoods in Brussels.
Located between the Brussels Canal and the Grand Place, Dansaert is known for its attractive shopping offer, its cultural mix and its trendy restaurants. Lively, inspiring, well located... the Dansaert district is also known as a hot spot for Brussels fashion. The demand for real estate being strong, it is more than advised to be very reactive if you are interested in a property!
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