Bailli–Châtelain: a chic and trendy Brussels neighbourhood

22 February 2022
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If you like to stroll through trendy boutiques, or enjoy a gourmet break after a cultural walk, head to rue du Bailli and the Châtelain neighbourhood. It's easy to reach by tram from the centre of Brussels. 

It's also a beautiful green setting in the heart of the city! Tenbosch Park with its countless benches for couples and its XXL playground; t he Bois de la Cambre is only a few steps away; and Faider Park, an unmissable spot for game of pétanque with family or friends. 

It is known for its trendy side, its concept stores, its Art Nouveau gems, its contemporary art galleries, and of course its cool bars and restaurants.  

An artistic stroll

Le quartier Bailli – Châtelain is a favourite spot for visitors in search of beauty. Start your artistic stroll by the very baroque façade of the Church of the Holy Trinity on Parvis de la Trinité. Then pop into the Peinture Fraîche bookshop just next door (a veritable gold mine of beautiful books), before making your way to the Horta Museum on rue Américaine.

If you have a thirst for more contemporary artistic discoveries, head to rue Van Eyck, rue de l'Abbaye and rue Saint-Georges, where you’ll find numerous contemporary art galleries.  

The Châtelain market, and the best places to go out

Every Wednesday afternoon, and until early evening, the Châtelain market takes possession of the square of the same name. Here you can stock up on exclusive products, in the company of trendy Brussels residents who love to have a good time with a drink in their hand.  

If it’s raining, you can take refuge in one of the area’s numerous trendy bars: the Stoefer, Chez Tarzan, Jane (restaurant and wine bar), or even La Famille. If you’re in a game-playing mood, head to La Luck: it’s a bar-restaurant space where they also serve… board games (in French & English)! If you’re feeling brave and want to keep the fun going, neighbourhood favourite the Supra Bailly bar stays open until the early hours of the morning! 

Window shopping on rue du Bailli

There’s a whole host of little boutiques nestled away in this bourgeois Bohemian neighbourhood. You’ll find young Belgian creators like Delbôve and Lilu, but also ready-to-wear clothes shops like Vybe, Kelly shop, Mook’s and Blender 02. Shopaholics really are spoiled for choice. So think big, opt for a whole afternoon, and let yourself be tempted by all the unique products that you won't find anywhere else.  

Feeling a little peckish?

The Bailli – Châtelain neighbourhood is full of places that will delight your taste buds. Why not head to Lulu Home Interior for brunch in the middle of a Scandinavian interior design shop? Lilicup offers excellent and original cupcakes and Belga & Co serves some of the area’s best coffee.

If you fancy patisseries and other baked delights, pop in to visit Nikolas Koulepis. If you really are famished, then you’ll find a host of amazing restaurants on rue du Bailli and rue de la Page. And for families, Garage à Manger and the Balmoral are only a stone’s throw away. 

Enjoy a cocktail on a Brussels rooftop

Even if you’re not staying at the Jam Hotel, don’t miss their amazing rooftop cocktail bar. Its terrace overlooking the city is a great place for an afternoon or evening with a loved one or friends. And if the weather is nice, don’t forget your swimming costume! A little dip in the 7th floor pool will be the icing on the cake! 

Getting there

  • Trams: 8, 92, 93, 97, 81 - stops Bailli - Baljuw, Trinité - Drievuldigheid, Janson, Faider or Stéphanie - Stefania 
  • Bus: 60, 54 stops Washington, Trinité - Drievuldigheid or Bailli - Baljuw