Ixelles Travel Guide

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Ixelles Things to Do

  • Musée d'Ixelles

    A little museum, quite unknown - I bet even not all locals know it. It's Ixelles municipality museum, in Ixelles area obviously. For this reason, I am listing it in Bruxelles Off the beaten path tips too. Although, imho, for who intending to visit XL municipality and loving art, it is a must-see.The setting is not impressive at all, the interesting...

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  • Ixelles Museum

    This is a superbe museum, the ones i prefer. Not too big, not too small with a very very nice collection of quality. They have an impressive collection of belgian art. This was a revelation for me. This is worth the detour.

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  • Art Déco building

    Whenever I pass by this building and look up; I don't know why I like it so much, except that it makes me think of England. But that's just me...It was built with Belvédère bricks from the name of the company that produced them.

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Ixelles Restaurants

  • The most authentic Irish pub

    My absolute favourite Irish pub in the Brussels area is in fact The Bank in Ixelles. Housed in an old bank with the vaults still downstairs, this is a relaxed place (apart from great sport days) with a proper pint of Murphy's and loads of Irish people rather than just the expats of the downtown or Schuman pubs.

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  • Great student hangout

    Bar/restaurant with a mainly student clientele although others come here too as the atmosphere is so nice even if the service is sometimes a bit stiff. Classy decor and a good drink list makes the evening pleasurable and in fact I could just as well have added this to nightlife tips. Walnut and blue cheese salad.

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  • Veggie in Ixelles

    Don't worry. There are vegetarian places in Brussels too, albeit not many. You can mail me for more tips but Dolma is possibly the most well-known and with a nice interior. Closed some Saturday evenings and all Sundays. Mixed dishes

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  • Genuine Italian

    It is a tiny 'hole in the wall' style restaurant and you'd be wise to book. Also an Italian delicatessen which makes the space even smaller but tells you how nice the food is! Cosy Italian atmosphere where people relax and talk to each other. Home made pasta... The brushettas themselves are fantastic with olive paste, red peppers etc. but I can't...

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  • Unmissable Argentine beef

    Very niceplace with walls painted in a warm shade of red. A finely worked hangs from the ceiling and you eat on (maybe too) small tables if you come as a couple. The personnel and the restaurant owner are very nice, the latter grills your meet in the middle of the restaurant for everyone to see. We ate a piece of Argentinian beef which was the...

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  • It's warm in here

    This place is very special to me since my better half took me there on the very day we met... SInce then, it's become one of my favorite places. Why ? Firstly because the pasta dishes are excellent and original, they of course the traditional spaghetti bolognese, but I had never seen some dishes on any other menu anywhere else, and secondly because...

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Ixelles Nightlife

  • Le Pantin

    Philosophical debates... that's a theme that is missing in possible themes' list. Reported to be the first "café-théâtre philosophique", this has been a central joint for both students, intellectuals, artists. ULB university is in the neighbourhood and La Cambre architeture and design school not that far either from Chaussée d'Ixelles, where lies...

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  • Café Belga, of course

    One of places I definitely felt home at the very first visit: that's rare. It's not for the service (close to none), not for the food (neevr tried it there).. just for the place, probably... It is a place where you'd just flock in in your suit and tie, your jeans, your casual wear, no door policy. You'd find there students, young professionals,...

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Ixelles Shopping

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    by Norali Updated May 28, 2005

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    A shop selling "natural", vegetarian food (they use cheese) as well as natural products for the well-being.
    I love there the vegetarian homemade food (their vegetal burgers and vegetarian quiches are yummy - my favourite burgers: curry and soja, next time, I'll try seitan burger). There are some range of tea (tchai, sweet masala, tibetan monk tea...). Then, the "natural" black chocolate.. totally maddening. Heaven !

    I listed food and drink as the appropriate type for the shop. Still, the main theme is about well-being, zen and vegetalism, hence the shelvings of books and cds devoted to them. Also, you'd find there "natural" cosmetic products such as the Weleda range.

    The shop is part of the Dolma vegetarian restaurant that serves vegetarian buffet. Never tried the restaurant, preferring the Indian restaurants' vegetarian dishes.

    What to buy: - vegetarian food
    - vegetarian ingredients (tofu, chinese & japanese mushrooms, herbs, vegetables, fruits, pasta... even miso soup !)
    - would be tempted by the clay mask and the Weleda rose cream, as well

    What to pay: affordable veggie burgers (1.60 euros each or was it 0.60 euros each, don't remember.. anyway yummy), the tea was expensive though but sweet masala was the reason i entered this shop.. so had bought a little pack for 4 euros

    hmmm.. my sweet masala blend
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Ixelles Local Customs

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    by Norali Updated May 26, 2005

    For downtown XL being traditionally inhabited by Portuguese immigrants, it is a common sight to see pastelerias. I've never tried any, I should, I should. Since there are many in my workplace area, I would try it in the one which is the most packed. I have heard about Portuguese pastries but never tried. Beside pastelerias, the numerous Portuguese cafés are present at every corner.

    But with the change in migrations trends, one would see more and more halal butcheries, Turkish and North African snacks.. and Mom and Pop stores owned by either North African, Iranian, Turkish persons. I noticed these shops especially in the street where my office is. Four North African bakeries: to each its type of client, you'd be surprised how those four can survive in this street only. 6-7 Oriental snacks including pitta shops and a "Turkish pizzeria" (or at least, it's how they use to name themselves). And so it goes in the other arteries around.

    The offer is large enough to fit all budgets. One of most known Morrocan restaurants in Bruxelles is just up the street where I work: on Place Blyckaerts. Talking about La Medina.

    Morrocan snacks, Turkish pittaria, Portuguese caf��
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Ixelles Off The Beaten Path

  • Art Nouveau in Rue Malibran

    Would you believe me if I told you Ixelles was a colourful area ? The part of Ixelles with Art Nouveau facades is indeed colourful with some nice architecture. Otherwise, you would find in le Bas-Ixelles (downtown), as home of blue-collar workers, white-facaded terrace houses, sometimes with some interesting details but mostly, greyish buidlings....

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  • I was not alone, no wonder why...

    The day, in October 2004, I decided to snap around, I saw three persons doing the same. Since then, I haven't come across anyone with a camera while walking in this street. Now that spring is there, maybe people would flock in for some picture opportunity again ?Anyway, I was surprised many people knew about it and planned, as I did, to snap around...

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  • Petite Malibran

    Petite Malibran was a surprise. When I learnt that my workplace was going to be in downtown Ixelles, I had so little expectation as far as the opportunity to see charming places was concerned.Then, the third day at work, at noon lunch, I decided to walk the streets around my workplace. In fact, those lightly steeped streets abund in the area....

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Ixelles Favorites

  • The fight

    The sound of the birds' bills hitting the ground. One bill beating the pavement wouldn't make that much noise. Instead, they were over 30 to rush for the bread loaves, grabbing as much as they could and that was another story. Once they have what they want, some fled away to hoist themselves up the melée. Others ate there, fighting for the loafs...

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  • Lunch near the pond

    At times, I have my lunch sitting on one of the benches looking onto the water. Usually, there are people around: the youngs from ULB and La Cambre, a university and an art school.. another young category, probably from a neighbouring high school, they seem very hectic. Then, you have people who use to work in the area and who want to have some...

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  • The ponds, the place and the boat

    Downtown XL, around Place Flagey, is featured by some landmarks: - the ponds, Etangs d'Ixelles... a nice place in spring and summer surrounded with benches where to sit and reflect or simply contemplating this little nature heaven (water + grass + saules + pigeons + ducks). Also, to spot old local ladies, bringing bread for the pigeon and even the...

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