You can’t miss the gay district which is centered around Rue du Marché au Charbon and it’s wonderful mural.
Much more than just the capital of Europe, Brussels is above all known by its inhabitants and its many visitors as the capital of diversity. Brussels is a compact city, and most of the sights are within walking distance of each other. Alternatively, underground trains, trams, buses, and taxis are easy to find, with day and night services, and quite inexpensive. Most of the tourist attractions are concentrated at the center, in a few of the city’s 19 municipalities: Brussels-City, Ixelles, Saint-Gilles, Schaerbeek and Koekelberg.
The Gay District
Brussels never sleeps and the Saint-Jacques neighbourhood near Grand-Place is the centre of gay life in the city. The lively Saint-Jacques district and its scene is true to the city’s image: discreet, varied, warm and friendly. The scene is surprising vibrant and diverse, with many bars and restaurants, circuit parties and alternative/indy parties, music and art happenings. Most of the gay bars are centered around Grand Place, Rue du Marché au Charbon and Plattesteen.
The scene has something for everyone, from hipsters at Le Fontainas to drag shows at Chez Maman to bears and admirers at Le Baroque. The monthly La Demence parties continue to keep Brussels at the top of the world’s circuit parties and the annual pride event continues to attract more visitors each year.
Just a stone’s throw away from the gay district, head for and discover Rue Dansaert and its adjacent alleyways. A focal point for fashion and design, the Dansaert neighbourhood is a must-see destination, an inspiring tour of the many facets of Belgium’s rich and original artistic talent.
Uptown Brussels in its heeled-up streets and alleyways makes you feel equally welcome. Avenue Louise and Place du Châtelain spoil you with the very best Brussels has to offer: upmarket, prestige and luxury brands galore.
In the prestigious setting of the Etangs d’Ixelles, the rather bohemian bourgeois Flagey neighbourhood is a hotbed of diversity that resonates with the tempo of a location brimming with life. Trendy restaurants and bars offer relaxation, bonhomie and global gourmet cuisine, all within a remarkable architectural setting. A short distance away, in the European district, Place du Luxembourg, favourite after-hours haunt for young expats, is calling. Thursday night sees the square rammed with a cosmopolite noisy and cheerful crowd.