Neighbourhood Walk: Central Anderlecht

16 February 2022
Anderlecht Centre - Rue de la Porselein - Collégiale Saints-Pierre-et-Guidon - église - pittoresque

Today, Anderlecht is the commune with the biggest population growth in the capital. It is also the home of RSC Anderlecht football club, where spectacle is guaranteed, both on and sometimes off the pitch.

But it also seems as if in Anderlecht everything resolves around the figure of Guidon. He was a saint who lived around the year 1000 and who was venerated by the Anderlecht people with processions and fairs. After all, he was the patron saint of merchants, cattle dealers, and farmers. Guidon has definitely left his mark on the commune, since there is still a great deal of historical heritage to be found: St Guidon Church, the beguinage, the Erasmus House...

The latter introduces you to Desiderius Erasmus, a humanist who stayed in the house for a few months in the 16th century. Behind Erasmus House is one of the most beautiful gardens in the Brussels-Capital Region. It is divided into two parts: the philosophical garden, created on the basis of a text by Erasmus, and the medicinal plant garden.

A little further on you'll find Friture René, a chip shop since 1932 that has become a restaurant. Here you can enjoy... chips of course! You can also visit the Sapori Mediterranei grocery shop, which offers quality Italian products and where you can get advice on Italian cuisine. Not far from there lies Belle-Vue café-brasserie, once an institution in the neighbourhood, which brewed beer from 1943 to 1991.

Its founder, Constant Vanden Stock, was president of RSC Anderlecht, the local football club. Another address for foodies, the Saint-Guidon creamery offers regional and organic products, bread baked in a wood-fired oven and the traditional 'pottekees' cheese spread. Other shops in the neighbourhood sell artisanal and organic products, like Au Toufin, which offers products from Sardinia. 

Discover all that awaits you during this walk throught the neighbourhood on the map below!

 

Duration of walk: 2h30
Starting point: metro Saint-Guidon/Sint-Guido (line 5)

The map for this walk is available in French, Dutch and English. 

In collaboration with Brukselbinnenstebuiten