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Guidebook for Ixelles

Elisabeth

Guidebook for Ixelles

Drinks & Nightlife
You'll probably find me hanging out in this terrace, or at Stam (opposite). Very popular with the artsy crowd, dark and cozy interior. Great outdoor terrace, you'll feel in southern France.
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L'Athénée
2 Rue Jules Bouillon
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You'll probably find me hanging out in this terrace, or at Stam (opposite). Very popular with the artsy crowd, dark and cozy interior. Great outdoor terrace, you'll feel in southern France.
Possibly the best beer bar in Brussels. No tourists but local crowds of artists, students and freaks. I once saw there a fox. Closes very late (I was once there at 4am).
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Moeder Lambic Original
68 Rue de Savoie
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Possibly the best beer bar in Brussels. No tourists but local crowds of artists, students and freaks. I once saw there a fox. Closes very late (I was once there at 4am).
Not the greatest food, but the place itself is s marvel of the de Stijl artistic movement. You'll spot some Mondriaan-inspired lamps you'll love!
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Ultime Atome
14 Rue Saint-Boniface
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Not the greatest food, but the place itself is s marvel of the de Stijl artistic movement. You'll spot some Mondriaan-inspired lamps you'll love!
If you feel like splurging on a cocktails in thecaves of the former Vatican embassy, this is the place to go.
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Humus x Hortense
2 Rue de Vergnies
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If you feel like splurging on a cocktails in thecaves of the former Vatican embassy, this is the place to go.
Excellent cocktails in a well-hidden bar on the first floor of a restaurant. Feels very grown up.
Alice Cocktail Bar
190 Avenue Louise
Excellent cocktails in a well-hidden bar on the first floor of a restaurant. Feels very grown up.
My other favourite terrace in the neighbourhood! nice mix of African and gentrified clientele. Heated terrace.
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Stam
1 Rue Bouré
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My other favourite terrace in the neighbourhood! nice mix of African and gentrified clientele. Heated terrace.
Although not my favourite bar in the area (it's pretty gentrified), you have to try it. As all bars in Brussels, you can have breakfast/small lunch/brunch on Saturdays and some tapas in the evening.
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Café Belga
18 Place Eugène Flagey
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Although not my favourite bar in the area (it's pretty gentrified), you have to try it. As all bars in Brussels, you can have breakfast/small lunch/brunch on Saturdays and some tapas in the evening.
1930s jazz bar with original furniture and canon cocktails. A must-see.
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L'Archiduc
6 Rue Antoine Dansaert
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1930s jazz bar with original furniture and canon cocktails. A must-see.
More than once I found myself there at 4 am. Cool atmosphere but packed.
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Bonnefooi
8 Rue des Pierres
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More than once I found myself there at 4 am. Cool atmosphere but packed.
Popular with leftist students and chess players, it's a great place in wintertime (very cozy).
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Le Pantin
355 Chaussée d'Ixelles
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Popular with leftist students and chess players, it's a great place in wintertime (very cozy).
1950s bar, popular with students, artists and locals. Michel Gondry shot some scenes there for his film "l'écume des jours" (the froth of the daydream). if Sartre was living in Brussels in 2017, Brasserie Verschueren would be indeed his home away from home.
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Le Verschueren
11 Sint-Gillisvoorplein
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1950s bar, popular with students, artists and locals. Michel Gondry shot some scenes there for his film "l'écume des jours" (the froth of the daydream). if Sartre was living in Brussels in 2017, Brasserie Verschueren would be indeed his home away from home.
Where the Flemish arty crowd meet. Old "brown café" (Dutch for "convivial dark and homey bar").
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Monk
42 Rue Sainte-Catherine
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Where the Flemish arty crowd meet. Old "brown café" (Dutch for "convivial dark and homey bar").
Where I hang out with my girlfriends living downtown. If you want to see the Flemish intelligentsia, including choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaekers, this is the place.
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Lord Byron
8 Rue des Chartreux
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Where I hang out with my girlfriends living downtown. If you want to see the Flemish intelligentsia, including choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaekers, this is the place.
Downtown brewery, try the Delta (Belgian IPA).
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Brussels Beer Project
188 Rue Antoine Dansaert
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Downtown brewery, try the Delta (Belgian IPA).
Very nice bar specialised in micro-brewery beers.
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Contrebande
6 Fernand Cocqplein
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Very nice bar specialised in micro-brewery beers.
if you are into hardcore, metal or rock and roll? this is your place. 100% authentic. love it!
Magasin 4
51B Avenue du Port
if you are into hardcore, metal or rock and roll? this is your place. 100% authentic. love it!
Food Scene
Supercozy after-work or after theater bistrot, summer or winter. prices are very correct, they have nice house wine and tapas. it was a former butcher's. Nice terrace.
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Les Pénates
42 Rue de Vergnies
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Supercozy after-work or after theater bistrot, summer or winter. prices are very correct, they have nice house wine and tapas. it was a former butcher's. Nice terrace.
Friends with the owner, Pierre, very laid back place with lovely 1950s vintage furniture and small snacks. Good for rainy days or for working.
Aa
36 Rue Van Aa
Friends with the owner, Pierre, very laid back place with lovely 1950s vintage furniture and small snacks. Good for rainy days or for working.
Best coffee and superbest Swedish cinnamon buns in Ixelles.
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Fika
17 Vredestraat
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Best coffee and superbest Swedish cinnamon buns in Ixelles.
Nice meets Berlin meets London in this terrace. Please beware is full of snubs, but prices are correct.
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Chez Franz
30 Av. du Haut-Pont
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Nice meets Berlin meets London in this terrace. Please beware is full of snubs, but prices are correct.
Lovely street market on Saturdays and Sundays with a plethora of food trucks.
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Flagey
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Lovely street market on Saturdays and Sundays with a plethora of food trucks.
Lisbon in Brussels, azulejos included. Unmissablepastéis de nata and good coffee! We love brunching here
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Pâtisserie Garcia
75-77 Avenue de la Couronne
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Lisbon in Brussels, azulejos included. Unmissablepastéis de nata and good coffee! We love brunching here
Bakery and coffeshop. Delicious and classy!
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Maison Renardy
111 Chaussée de Wavre
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Bakery and coffeshop. Delicious and classy!
I have never tried a better cheesecake in my life! sweet little spot, there's a friendly dog (Cézanne) but don't give him sweets!
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A.M. Sweet
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I have never tried a better cheesecake in my life! sweet little spot, there's a friendly dog (Cézanne) but don't give him sweets!
Fresh and seasonal products, and a daily changing menu that varies according to the deliveries. 3 starters, a main course, and a dessert, completely organic. I love this place.
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Les Filles
46 Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains
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Fresh and seasonal products, and a daily changing menu that varies according to the deliveries. 3 starters, a main course, and a dessert, completely organic. I love this place.
Love bistronomy, love selecto. Full stop.
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Le Selecto
95 Rue de Flandre
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Love bistronomy, love selecto. Full stop.
THE place for mushroom lovers, all year around.
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Café des Spores
103 Chaussée d'Alsemberg
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THE place for mushroom lovers, all year around.
Because it's totally delish and it's exactly like your Italian grandma's food.
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Osteria Bolognese
49 Rue de la Paix
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Because it's totally delish and it's exactly like your Italian grandma's food.
Best fries in the city!
Place Eugène Flagey 8
8 Place Eugène Flagey
Best fries in the city!
Consistently rated the best ramen soup in Europe in this supertiny and authentic Japanese ramen bar.
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Yamato
11 Rue Francart
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Consistently rated the best ramen soup in Europe in this supertiny and authentic Japanese ramen bar.
Popular African restaurant in a beautiful 1950s building.
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L'Horloge du Sud
141 Rue du Trône
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Popular African restaurant in a beautiful 1950s building.
They say the best fries in town, however the public opinion is split between here and Flagey. Beware it's just a food stall! you can sit with your fries and drink in one of the bars around.
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Maison Antoine
1 Place Jourdan
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They say the best fries in town, however the public opinion is split between here and Flagey. Beware it's just a food stall! you can sit with your fries and drink in one of the bars around.
New addition to the neighbourhood. Eastern Mediterranean tapas in a very Scandinavian deco, it's becoming a locals' favourite.
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Kitchen 151
145 Chaussée de Wavre
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New addition to the neighbourhood. Eastern Mediterranean tapas in a very Scandinavian deco, it's becoming a locals' favourite.
Bistronomic restaurant, the beef tartare is to die for.
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Restaurant Le Tournant, Cuisine de Saison et Vins Naturels 🍴🍷
168 Chaussée de Wavre
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Bistronomic restaurant, the beef tartare is to die for.
Good Italian restaurant, very intimate (it caters to maximum 20 people).
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Certo
48 Rue Longue Vie
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Good Italian restaurant, very intimate (it caters to maximum 20 people).
Restaurant specialised in offal, the beef cheek stew (carbonnade) is to die for!
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Viva M'Boma
17 Rue de Flandre
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Restaurant specialised in offal, the beef cheek stew (carbonnade) is to die for!
hip and trendy spot for Vietnamese spring rolls. The deco is great!
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Bia Mara
41 Rue du Marché aux Poulets
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hip and trendy spot for Vietnamese spring rolls. The deco is great!
Good Belgian restaurant, nice and hearty brunch!
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Le Clan des Belges
20 Rue de la Paix
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Good Belgian restaurant, nice and hearty brunch!
You fancy seafood? this is the place to be!
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Crab Club
7 Chaussée de Waterloo
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You fancy seafood? this is the place to be!
A must! try their shrimp croquettes.
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Noordzee - Mer du Nord
45 Rue Sainte-Catherine
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A must! try their shrimp croquettes.
Excellent bread and cake, famous for French clafoutis!
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Charli
34 Rue Sainte-Catherine
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Excellent bread and cake, famous for French clafoutis!
Arts & Culture
Former lovers' hotel in a shady street, its incredibly well-preserved art-déco interiors now boast a verycool bar. check out sometimes they have 1930s inspired parties!
Hotel Le Berger
24 Rue du Berger
Former lovers' hotel in a shady street, its incredibly well-preserved art-déco interiors now boast a verycool bar. check out sometimes they have 1930s inspired parties!
Favourite hotspot of the Belgian surrealist, the oldest bar in Brussels . The clientele is mostly Flemish-speaking. Great in wintertime.
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La Fleur en Papier Doré
55 Rue des Alexiens
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Favourite hotspot of the Belgian surrealist, the oldest bar in Brussels . The clientele is mostly Flemish-speaking. Great in wintertime.
Birthplace of Audrey Hepburn
Keienveldstraat 48
48 Rue Keyenveld
Birthplace of Audrey Hepburn
Sightseeing
If Brussels was Paris, this place'd be 10 times more expensive. It's a Liberty style gem. It was a Jacques Brel's favourite. Try "half and half" here (half sparkling wine half white wine).
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Le Cirio
18 Rue de la Bourse
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If Brussels was Paris, this place'd be 10 times more expensive. It's a Liberty style gem. It was a Jacques Brel's favourite. Try "half and half" here (half sparkling wine half white wine).
most newlyweds come here for their wedding pictures- it's such a romantic abbey with a lovely park.
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Abbaye de la Cambre
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most newlyweds come here for their wedding pictures- it's such a romantic abbey with a lovely park.
Stunning, abandoned Christian - Jewish cemetery with lots of greens. The father of Tintin is buried here.
Cemetery Dieweg
Stunning, abandoned Christian - Jewish cemetery with lots of greens. The father of Tintin is buried here.
La bellone is the most beautiful house of brussels, hidden away inside the bellone café. a must see!
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La Bellone
46 Rue de Flandre
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La bellone is the most beautiful house of brussels, hidden away inside the bellone café. a must see!
This is the most beautiful philosophical garden I have ever seen. I will one day get married here. The whole area, while technically in Brussels, makes you travel back in time and space.
Erasmus House
31 Rue du Chapitre
This is the most beautiful philosophical garden I have ever seen. I will one day get married here. The whole area, while technically in Brussels, makes you travel back in time and space.
Shopping
Excellent tea house, try their Assouan herbal tea (or any other choice, I also love Hermes). Very stylish spot. The extra tea price is worth the quality, calm and atmosphere. Take some home!
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Comptoir Florian
17 Rue Saint-Boniface
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Excellent tea house, try their Assouan herbal tea (or any other choice, I also love Hermes). Very stylish spot. The extra tea price is worth the quality, calm and atmosphere. Take some home!
very good beer shop, yet a bit pricey (unfortunately microbreweries often are). Excellent choice of beers to bring back home (400+ beers).
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Beer Mania
174-176 Chaussée de Wavre
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very good beer shop, yet a bit pricey (unfortunately microbreweries often are). Excellent choice of beers to bring back home (400+ beers).
The most famous shop of spéculoos, I love the pistachio financiers (small almond cakes).
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Maison Dandoy - Grand Place
31 Rue au Beurre
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The most famous shop of spéculoos, I love the pistachio financiers (small almond cakes).
Consistently rated one of the most beautiful bookstores of Europe. Just stand in front of the building to find out why.
Ptyx
39 Rue Lesbroussart
Consistently rated one of the most beautiful bookstores of Europe. Just stand in front of the building to find out why.
Excellent vintage shop, I once bought myself a 1990s moschino dress for 40 euros here.
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Isabelle Bajart
25 Rue des Chartreux
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Excellent vintage shop, I once bought myself a 1990s moschino dress for 40 euros here.
Another excellent vintage shop, this one specialises in 1920s to 1960s. Comes with a price.
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Gabriele Vintage
27 Rue des Chartreux
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Another excellent vintage shop, this one specialises in 1920s to 1960s. Comes with a price.
Excellent French bakery, they have lunch specials.
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La Fleur du Pain
24 Place Eugène Flagey
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Excellent French bakery, they have lunch specials.
Fine wine bar and shop (more shop than winebar though!)
Wijnbar Titulus
167 Chaussée de Wavre
Fine wine bar and shop (more shop than winebar though!)
Essentials
Supermarket open till 8.30 pm
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Proxy Elsensesteenweg
134 Chaussée d'Ixelles
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Supermarket open till 8.30 pm
convenience store open till 8 pm
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Lidl Supermarket
138 Chaussée de Wavre
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convenience store open till 8 pm
Store specialised in quality ready-made frozen meals.
Picard
129 Elsensesteenweg
Store specialised in quality ready-made frozen meals.
Everything Else
EU fans and kids will love visiting the parlamentarium! lots of gadgets are included.
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Parlamentarium
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EU fans and kids will love visiting the parlamentarium! lots of gadgets are included.