A chic and trendy district located between the Chaussées de Waterloo, de Charleroi, de Vleurgat and Avenue Louise, the Châtelain district attracts people with its shops, bars and trendy restaurants. High-quality residential buildings dot the streets. Let’s visit this district of Ixelles which is very popular with expatriates.
You are now in the west of the commune of Ixelles, near the Porte de Namur, in the Châtelain. Listed residences, art galleries, fine food shops and trendy restaurants characterise this upmarket district.
Let’s start our visit by going to Place du Châtelain, the nerve centre of the district. We suggest you stroll through its market, which is held every Wednesday evening. Let yourself be tempted by the wide choice of organic fruit and vegetables, cheeses, Liège waffles and other delicacies.
With its cosmopolitan clientele, with a tendency to be expats, take part in the game of encounters and enriching exchanges in a convivial setting.
A few blocks from the Place du Châtelain, let’s continue our walk and take the Rue de l’Amazone or the Rue de l’Aqueduc. At each end of these streets, there, in front of us, stands a remarkable building, the beautiful 17th-century Church of the Holy Trinity.
Are you an art lover? There are plenty of art galleries in the Châtelain district. For your greatest satisfaction, enter the art gallery La Patinoire Royale on the site of the former « Royal Skating », located in Rue Veydt.
Art Nouveau dominates in Brussels. The house of the famous architect Victor Horta is located in the Châtelain district. In Rue Paul Emile Janson stands the Tassel Hotel, one of his first projects. In the west of the district, in Rue Defacqz, you can admire the magnificent decorated façade of the Ciamberlani Hotel, designed by Paul Hankar, another renowned Art Nouveau architect.
After contemplating all these architectural gems, treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in one of the green settings of the Châtelain district. Take a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of Avenue Louise and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Parc Faider in the street of the same name.
A little further south in the district, we take you to discover one of the capital’s green jewels. Located between the chaussée de Vleurgat and the Mélèze and Hector-Denis streets, the Tenbosch Park offers two hectares of remarkable biodiversity. Contemplate the hundred or so listed trees, stroll along its paths, bushes and water features. An ideal place for children with its playgrounds.
Are you a fan of jogging and open spaces? Then take a stroll along the paths of the Bois de la Cambre, which can be reached by tram in a few minutes.
After a walk in the countryside, how about a shopping trip or a gourmet break?
Go for a trendy outfit at Blender, Hopono, Mellow, Rose. Are you looking for a dress for a party or a wedding? Try the Coucou rental service on the Place du Châtelain. Want to find an inspiring novel at the Peinture Fraîche bookshop?
We now take you to some small specialist shops. El Vasco in Rue du Page for Basque products. If you prefer Japanese, Lebanese or even Kashmiri products, you will also find them.
Are you won over by the chic and trendy side of Châtelain? This district of Ixelles is full of luxury houses and flats that will not leave you indifferent.
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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.
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