Dansaert: between authenticity and modernity

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!

esplanade du quai aux briques

Stroll in Dansaert, in the heart of an authentic Brussels

Cosmopolitan and lively, the Dansaert district is located in the center of Brussels, between the Quays and Stalingrad districts. In its extension is the Sainte-Catherine district, another lively area of the capital very popular with young professionals. This is the Brussels that seduces beyond our borders, the authentic, eclectic, lively and creative Brussels.

esplanade du quai aux briques

Shopping on Antoine Dansaert street

It’s impossible to introduce you to Dansaert without mentioning the street that bears his name! This is where you’ll find some unique, chic and trendy fashion stores.

After having a drink or a bite to eat at the Walvis café, start your visit by walking down the street from the Brussels canal towards the Bourse. Stop at the Place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains, home of MAD, the Made in Brussels fashion and design platform. Just opposite is the Q-Park Dansaert. Go around the bus station towards rue Léon Lepage. This is also where many fashion boutiques are located: Essentiel Antwerp, Hatshoe-Bxl, Vêtue, Café Costume. Continue along Rue Antoine Dansaert and shop in other boutiques such as Ba&sh, Rue Blanche, Arte Brussels Store, Maje…

devanture du magasin vêtue rue antoine Dansaert
rue antoine dansaert
terrasse du café Walvis
devanture du magasin stijl rue antoine Dansaert
devanture du magasin diito rue antoine Dansaert
devanture du magasin Hatshoe rue antoine Dansaert
devanture du magasin vêtue rue antoine Dansaert
rue antoine dansaert

Stroll to the Sainte-Catherine district

Continue shopping at the vintage clothing store « Melting Pot Studio » and walk up Rue de la Vierge Noire to the corner of Rue Melsen. At the end of the street you will find the St. Catherine’s Church. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see a light show in the evening.

Head further north near the Sainte-Catherine metro station for a stroll through the fish market, a lively and popular place for locals. Not far from there, go for a Sunday brunch at the Velvet café, Quai au Bois Brûler.

place sainte-catherine
entrée du métro sainte-catherine
vue sur le quai du marché aux poissons

A neighborhood with a brusseleir spirit near the sacred islet

Dansaert is a lively neighborhood with excellent public transport links. Close to the Ilot Sacré, a posh Brussels neighborhood known for the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, its cinemas including the Nova where you can watch an art film or the Royal Theater of Toone and its emblematic puppets, Dansaert is above all a neighborhood where multilingualism dominates. Here, French, Dutch and English can be heard on every street corner. In the evening, groups form, the atmosphere rises and the cocktail bars and other cafés fill up.

ruelle pietonnière du quartier dansaert

The advantages of the Dansaert district

Façade du bar l'archiduc
terrasse du café le Monk
esplanade du quai aux briques
terrasses des bars autour des halles saint-gery
restaurant Bavet rue de Flandres
terrasse du restaurant le pré-salé rue de flandres
terrasse du bar Roskam
Patio des halles Saint-Gery
façade du restaurant rugbyman n°1
vue sur les halles saint-gerry
joueurs de cartes aux halles saint-gery
terrasse du Café Central
terrasse du restaurant le laboureur
comptoir du Noordzee place sainte-catherine
Façade du bar l'archiduc
terrasse du café le Monk

10 things to do or see in Dansaert

  • Go shopping on rue Antoine Dansaert
  • Visit an exhibition and have a drink at the Halles Saint-Géry
  • Taste the eels at Bij den Boer
  • Attend a tea ceremony at Nong-Cha
  • Fall in love with a piece of clothing or a piece of decoration at Kure
  • Attend a concert at the Ancienne Belgique
  • Stay at the Café Pacific hotel
  • Discover the upcycling fashion of Vêtu
  • Drink a beer at Walvis
  • Admire the façade of the Bellone at 46, rue de Flandre

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