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Top Choice Museum in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Musée Horta

The typically austere exterior doesn’t give much away, but Victor Horta’s former home (designed and built 1898–1901) is an art nouveau jewel. The stairwell is the structural triumph of the house: follow the playful …
Top Choice Historic Building in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

St-Gilles Town Hall

One of Brussels’ overlooked architectural wonders, this splendid Napoleon III–style palace sports a soaring brick belfry dotted with gilt statuary. Try to see the wedding-hall ceiling, painted by Belgian symbolist a…
Top Choice French in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Bouchery

Using locally sourced and organic ingredients, award-winning chef Damien Bouchéry puts his own twist on French cooking with veal tartare and grilled nectarines, and chickpea fries, among the delicate dishes to grace…
Top Choice Mezze in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

ÖTAP

ÖTAP chef Paul-Antoine Bertin serves small seasonal plates with natural wines and expertly presented cocktails. Expect anything from Iberico ham rolls to smoky, stuffed courgette flowers and warm Breton artichokes w…
Top Choice Market in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Place du Châtelain Market

Fabulous food stalls cluster around an elongated, leafy square at this market. It's a true foodie heaven, featuring cheese, charcuterie, fresh fruit and veg, seasonal fodder – truffles, mushrooms, berries and so on …
Top Choice Middle Eastern in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Kitchen 151

Standing at a culinary crossroads, Kitchen 151 offers a whole world of flavours from the Middle East. Drag thick, fluffy pitas through velvety hummus, or gorge on a veggie burger made with pumpkin, Portobello mushro…
Top Choice Pub in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Brasserie de la Renaissance

This grand café has a single, high-ceilinged room whose walls sport a ludicrously ornate load of gilt stucco tracery. Despite the grandeur, drinks are cheap and the food (Portuguese, Italian and Belgo-French) is an …
Top Choice Bar in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Maison du Peuple

This venerable 19th-century building faces out onto the market square of Parvis de St-Gilles. A combined café, bar and exhibition space, its scruffy-cool decor, with exposed light bulbs and bare-brick walls, marks i…
Top Choice Notable Building in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Flagey

This marvellous 1938 ‘liner’ building originally conceived as the national radio building, is now the centre of an up-and-coming nightlife area. With its distinctive round ‘periscope’ tower, it’s an art deco classic…
Top Choice Jazz in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Sounds Jazz Club

A small and unassuming but immensely popular Ixelles venue, Sounds has concerts most nights, with styles varying from modern to big band to salsa. The website has links to artists’ web pages. Cover charges vary, and…