Divided by the City of Brussels, the municipality of Ixelles is a multi-cultural centre of the Brussels – Capital Region. Having its origins as an agricultural district popular due to the existence of an Abbey, the area has grown to become one of the most affluent neighbourhoods of the region.

Known for its thriving community of European and African immigrants, the municipality is regarded as the prime example of the multi-ethnic tradition of the country.

Full of architectural marvels representative of the art nouveau and art deco genres, the city provides the opportunity to enjoy an exciting combination of different cultures, traditions, and art genres, all in one place.

Here are some of the most exciting places to visit in Ixelles, Brussels.

The Tenbosch Park

Situated next to the hustling bustling Avenue Louise, the Tenbosch Park is a refreshing oasis of greenery right at the centre of the region. From the outside, the park looks like any other open space you can find across the globe, but once inside, the full extent of the natural beauty and lush green landscapes become apparent.

The park makes an excellent visit by yourself or with your family, to enjoy a refreshing day in the sun and fresh air.

The park is popular among residents and is known for the comfortable and cosy nooks that you can find with a little exploration of the grounds that offer a private patch for you to enjoy your time lounging in the shade.

tenbosch park in Ixelles Brussels near BBF Serviced Apartments

Chausée d’Ixelles

Do you want to collect a few souvenirs to commemorate your trip? Why not head over to the Chausée d’Ixelles, the primary shopping destination of the municipality. Filled with restaurants, cafés, clothing stores, and salons, the street is a popular attraction for those wishing to sample the street life in the municipality and get together with friends and family over a hot cup of coffee.

The street also contains a small African shopping centre, that offers ethnic clothing, food, and cultural artworks for visitors and residents to admire.

You can opt to stroll around the street and enjoy the sights it has to offer, or dive into your shopping experience and fill your luggage with the best Belgium has to offer, including the most well-known international brands.

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Place Fernand Coq

A small square situated just outside the Chaussée d’Ixelles’ area, the Place Fernand Coq is trendy, chic, and hip location in the municipality.

Many popular pubs and cafés are present across the square, where to the younger generation of the municipality likes to engage in social activities while enjoying their favourite meals.

The square also contains wine bars such as the L’Îlor Corse, popular restaurants such as the Il Nobile and the Amour Fou, and other eateries that serve ethnic and cultural cuisine inspired by the multi-national population of the municipality.

A visit to the square provides an excellent chance to sample the vibrant local culture and make some new acquaintances by mingling with the locals for an incredibly fun day out!

The Flagey Building

Common to almost all municipalities across the Brussels-Capital Region is that each region has a dedicated space for cultural and social activities where the residents can get together and enjoy various forms of art, music, and theatre.

For the municipality of Ixelles, this purpose is served by the Flagey Building, popularly known as the ‘paquebot jaune’ (yellow boat) among the locals due to its characteristic shape and architecture.

Originally built as a centre for broadcasting and radio, the complex now hosts theatres, concert halls, and public spaces open used by locals for social events and cultural celebrations.

The building symbolizes the lively lifestyle of the people, and a visit to the place is sure to increase your appreciation of the vibrance, positivity, and communal brotherhood that is exhibited everywhere across the country.

Café Belga

Ixelles remained a centre of the art deco and art nouveau movement for much of the early 20th century. It’s has played a central role to the progression of this style of architecture and design which is reflected in many of the houses, buildings, and squares across the city, featuring architectural aesthetics highly influenced by the movements and their offshoots.

The Café Belga is one of the most famous art deco styled cafés in the municipality and is a must-visit destination for students of art, history, and contemporary design.

Now the centre of nightlife and the party scene amongst the youth, the spacious café is a great way to spend your evening enjoying one of the largest terraces in the whole municipality over a glass of beer.

cafe belga bar on place flagey near BBF Apartments

Étangs d’Ixelles

The municipality of Ixelles is home to two of the most prestigious universities in the region. For the crowd of students seeking to shake off some stress, the Étangs d’Ixelles provides the perfect spot for hanging out with friends and spending the day lounging by the lake.

A popular destination for families, the Étangs d’Ixelles is composed of a series of lakes and adjoining jogging tracks and landscapes that are a much-loved attraction amongst the locals.

On weekends, the area is filled with families and young students flocking to the restaurants and bars around the site, and the lakes are surrounded by a series of houses that form some of the most premium real estate locations in the municipality.

Le Tigre

We cannot leave this list empty without mentioning the trendiest bar in the municipality. The Le Tigre, located on the Rue de la Brasserie, is the most popular bar and café in the area and is frequently filled to the brim with connoisseurs and those looking for a fun night out.

The bar is well-known for its DJ and partying scene and is the prime destination for the most influential youngsters and residents of the municipality.

The bar also serves a selection of cocktails that each carries their own unique twist and is the perfect place to meet new people and hang out with the crowd for an experience that is unmatched anywhere across the world.

Chatelain Square

Between Saint Gilles and Avenue Louise is located the central Chatelain Square. Popular for its organic farmer’s market that is held every week, the square is also an exciting attraction that provides a sample of the daily life of the residents.

Residential neighbourhoods surround the Square that each contains their own collection of traditional shops and cafés and are well-kept and tended to all year round.

The square is an excellent location for those who wish to immerse themselves in the culture of the area and experience the way the locals spend their time around the municipality.

The main street of the square also contains some trendy bars and restaurants that are often frequented by visitors and residents alike.

The Best Accommodations

When visiting a city like Ixelles, you cannot afford to go along with shabby rooms and apartments that steal the whole experience from your visit.

The best accommodations around the region are available with complete furnishings and all necessary amenities for the certified provider – BBF Apartments.

The company offers some excellent rooms, residential suites, and apartments at incredibly reasonable rates that are perfectly comfortable, accessible, and pleasant!

You may simply log on to the website, select your location, and find the apartments that suit you best!

We hope you enjoy your stay at Ixelles and create memories that you can cherish always.


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