Matongé is Brussels' African district. Despite being known far beyond our borders, this ‘district’ is actually no more than one street and two galleries.
Chaussée de Wavre is the main axis – the heart, the Ixelles and Porte de Namur galleries are the lungs, and the streets around them are the blood vessels. The area is dotted with numerous hairdressers, cosmetics shops, 'African fast food' restaurants, money transfer offices, cafés, travel agencies, shops from which tropical fruit and vegetables stick out into the streets, and evangelical churches which attract Africans from all over Belgium.
People from the Netherlands, Northern France and even Western Germany flock to this particular part of Brussels. The quarter is unique. Such a strong concentration of African activities is unparalleled in Europe.