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Brussels has many faces and you can find amazing architecture, restaurants and shops in the 19 communes of Brussels area. I lived over 10 years in Ixelles thus it's the neighborhood I know best. Ixelles offers plenty of nice restaurants, a lot of shopping, and very different neighborhoods depending if you are around avenue Louise/place Stéphanie area, Matonge, place Bruggmann or place Flagey. Very different from one another and all in Ixelles. Avenue Louise, bvd de Waterloo and av de la Toison d'Or are probably the most posh shopping streets in Ixelles. You will find most of the luxury brands such as Cartier, Gucci, Burberry, Armani, Vuitton, Longchamp etc around place Louise/place Stephanie, but also other brands like Puma, Desigual, Scotch & Soda, Massimo Dutti and so on. Marks & Spencer recently opened a mini department store (including a good-size food hall) in that area as well. Place de Chatelain is charming and on Wednesdays there's an evening market (14:00-20:00). A lot of people go there for a drink, specially when the weather permits to be outside. Around Chatelain there's plenty of nice restaurants, for example, Quaincaillerie, Ristorante n7, Mont Liban as well as more of 'fast food' places on rue de Page such as Mamma Roma, La Piola, Râle Bol etc. If you get a craving for cupcakes, then Lillycup is your best choice in the Chatelain area. In the corner of av Louise and rue de Bailly you will find 'Illy coffee' for a quick coffee break. It also works for people watching - however places like 'Cremerie de la Vache' and Haegen Daez close to place Louise might be better situated for that. For Sunday morning breakfast skip the hotel breakfast and go to 'Le Pain Quotidien' at av Louise (or other of their many locations) or Le Balmoral close to place Brugmann. Hotel-wise there's plenty in the area, I can recommend Thon Bristol Stephanie as well as Le Chatelain which are both close to public transport and have parking facilities as well. They are both within walking distance from here mentioned shopping and restaurants in Ixelles. From Le Chatelain you'll need roughly 10 minutes to place Stéphanie. Thon Bristol is a 2 min walk from place Stéphanie. If you visit the center of Brussels don't miss place St Catherine if you like sea-food. Best burgers in the centre are in Hemgie's and the 'incontournable' Chez Leon close to Grand Place is best known for its mussels & fries. (Moules frites) Shopping-wise in the centre I'd recommend rue Antoine Dansaert, the pedestrian street rue Neuve is really busy and even though there are plenty of shops and good deals to be made, I personally find it a bit chaotic.

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N 7 Ristorante Italiano

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La Quincaillerie

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Paul

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Mont Liban

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Ristorante Bocconi

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Mamma Roma Chatelain

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Le Deuxieme Element

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Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie

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Caffe Italiano

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Le Balmoral

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msgtoelina's City Tips

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  • Pavements are not always in great shape so watch your step when you walk around.
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    N 7 Ristorante Italiano
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
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    msgtoelina Says:

    Quality ingredients, good service, in the heart of the Chatelain neighbourhood. Authentic Italian cuisine.

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    • This is not a huge place, so it's better to book a table in advance.
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 176 restaurants in Ixelles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great service , yummy food 18/05/2018
    • A great birthday dinner 02/05/2018
    • N 7 Ristorante Italiano
    Address:
    Rue Washington 7
    Ixelles, Brussels 1050
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 649 29 35
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    19:00 - 22:30
    Tue - Sat
    12:00 - 14:30
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    La Quincaillerie
    Restaurants (French, Belgian, Seafood, European)
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    msgtoelina Says:

    Unbeatable decoration, this place is a gem for people who look for original surroundings and photo opportunities. Food is very nice and service is relatively quick.

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    • The suggestions are worth trying.
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 176 restaurants in Ixelles
    • Good service, would only recommend if you like seafood 24/05/2018
    • Nice retro atmosphere but... 08/05/2018
    • La Quincaillerie
    Address:
    Rue du Page 45
    Ixelles, Brussels 1050
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 533 98 33
    Price range:
    US$21 - US$76
    Hours:
    Sun
    19:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 14:30
    19:00 - 23:00
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    Paul
    Restaurants (French, European)
    msgtoelina Says:

    Paul has a very nice selection of different types of breads, cakes etc. Their frangipane is also veeery nice. Having tasted their croissants, I'm sure their brekkie is very nice as well!

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    • The pain flamand with cheese is excellent!
    From the community
    Ranked #676 of 3,166 restaurants in Brussels
    • The coffee... 02/01/2018
    • Always good to be back at Paul... 27/10/2017
    • Paul
    Address:
    Chaussee de Charleroi 13 Place Stephanie
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
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    Mont Liban
    Restaurants (Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern)
    msgtoelina Says:

    If you are looking for authentic Lebanese, look no further ! Best way is to take a couple of cold starters and a couple of warm starters to share in the table and then see if you are still hungry. You can always order more in the middle of your meal. Nice selection of Lebanese wines as well.

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    • Don't hesitate to ask advice from the waiters and if you go to the snack side always check their daily dish (plat du jour), which is usually very good.
    From the community
    Ranked #816 of 3,166 restaurants in Brussels
    • Great food and price 29/04/2018
    • Mediocre over-priced food, unfriendly owner/staff 05/03/2018
    • Mont Liban
    Address:
    Rue de Livourne 30-32
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 15:00
    18:00 - 23:00
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    Ristorante Bocconi
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
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    msgtoelina Says:

    Bocconi is probably one of the best restaurants in Brussels, lunch or dinner. Granted it's not the cheapest and a dinner for 2 may get expensive, but hey we only live once! Their vitello tonnato is an absolute must as well as their linguine alle vongole. Try the mashed potatoes with their own (Rocco Forte's) olive oil as an accompaniment. Or just try the olive oil with a piece of bread - the Italian way. Portions are good size, you don't leave hungry. Divine deserts.

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    Ranked #153 of 3,166 restaurants in Brussels
    • Fabulous Meal 29/04/2018
    • Was ok 19/04/2018
    • Ristorante Bocconi
    Address:
    Rue de l'Amigo 1-3
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 547 47 15
    Price range:
    US$53 - US$79
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    19:00 - 22:30
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 14:30
    Mon - Fri
    06:30 - 10:30
    Fri - Sat
    19:00 - 23:00
    Sat - Sun
    06:30 - 11:00
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    Mamma Roma Chatelain
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    msgtoelina Says:

    Quick snack, lunch, dinner - everything goes and you can choose the size of the slices according to your hunger. Try the potato-truffle pizza (yes it may sound a weird combination, but it works) if it's on offer. Different places have different pizzas, so it's easier to see what's on offer rather than fixate on something you've seen on the menu. Sometimes you can also ask if the specific pizza you'd like to have is in the oven and with a bit of luck you'll get your favourite even if it's not on display.

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    • This is a semi self service place, so no point sitting down before you have ordered. The orders are brought to table once you've paid.
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 176 restaurants in Ixelles
    • a different take on pizza 30/03/2017
    • Cool approach to pizza 29/03/2017
    • Mamma Roma Chatelain
    Address:
    Rue Du Page
    Ixelles, Brussels 1050
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 640 69 40
    Hours:
    Sun - Tue
    12:00 - 23:00
    Wed - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
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    Le Deuxieme Element
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    msgtoelina Says:

    We dine here whenever we are in the neighborhood and have a craving for Thai. Excellent Asian/Thai restaurant in the heart of Matonge area. Their Pad Thai is very good as well as their curries. Portions are good size. The terrace is basically a covered (and heated in the winter) garden, but it's a lot quieter than the front side of the restaurant. Relatively quick service even when the place is full.

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    • It's better to book a table, specially on Fri-Sat evenings.
    From the community
    Ranked #634 of 3,166 restaurants in Brussels
    • Stuffy atmosphere 22/05/2018
    • Great food! 05/05/2018
    • Le Deuxieme Element
    Address:
    Rue Saint-Boniface 7
    Brussels 1050
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 502 00 28
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$26
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    19:00 - 23:30
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 - 14:30
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    Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
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    msgtoelina Says:

    Excellent location for a shopping trip in Brussels. Rooms are in general spacious, clean and have nice amenities. We've never had any noise problems, but then again we've always had a room on the courtyard side. The breakfast is ok, but not worth the price. Parking is a bonus and it's not overpriced seen where the hotel is. The check-out on Sundays may get a bit slammed, so don't leave it to the last minute if you have a train/plane to catch.

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    • Check for deals on Booking.com
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    Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Ixelles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spacious, well-designed and decorated hotel with helpful staff 01/05/2018
    • Posh room in a great location 30/04/2018
    • Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
    Address:
    Avenue Louise 91-93
    Ixelles, Brussels 1050
    Belgium
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    Caffe Italiano
    Restaurants (Italian, Cafe, European)
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    msgtoelina Says:

    Breakfast, lunch or a quick coffee - everything works in a truly Italian fashion here. And you do get the best coffee and croissants of the neighbourhood here. Paninis at lunchtime are very good as well as the salads. I was a regular on Mon- Fri so don't know how it's open on week-ends. A real mini-Italy in the Place Luxembourg area!

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    • The Italians may have a slightly different way of queuing than what you are used to :)
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 176 restaurants in Ixelles
    • Nice aperitivo Italiano on Thursday night 20/04/2017
    • Nice Italian coffee 13/03/2017
    • Caffe Italiano
    Address:
    Rue d'Arlon n_ 27
    1050 Bruxelles
    Ixelles, Brussels 1050
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 470 09 45 11
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$9
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 16:30
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    Le Balmoral
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    msgtoelina Says:

    A true 50's decoration. The burgers are quite nice and so are the fajitas. The milkshakes, however, are awesome. And then the decoration - beware you're in for an an overdose of pink and baby-blue - the 50's shades. Sunday breakfast here is a must! You have the choice between a full cooked breakfast and/or pancakes.

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    • No table reservations, so go early on Sundays if you want to get a table. The full menu is available all day long.
    From the community
    Ranked #2,966 of 3,166 restaurants in Brussels
    • Not a friendly place and not even clean 28/04/2018
    • Nice ambience but questionable service 07/04/2018
    • Le Balmoral
    Address:
    Place Georges Brugmann 21
    Brussels 1050
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 347 08 82
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    09:00 - 20:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Sun
    09:00 - 20:00
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