One of the smallest neighborhoods in Brussels, Saint-Josse (or Sint-Joost-ten-Noode in Dutch) is right near the center and is characterized by its high population density as well as its high concentration of old buildings. In short, it is a miniature melting pot, with plenty of diversity and contrasts. From expensive hotels lining Place Rogier to bustling Place Saint-Josse and the peaceful walkways in the Botanical Gardens, Saint-Josse makes up for its small size with plenty of attitude.
Catch a Jazz Concert at the Jazz Station
Jazz is a big part of Saint-Josse; sometimes it’s called ‘Saint-Jazz-Ten-Noode.’ Nothing proves this more than the wonderful Jazz Station. Established in what used to be a train station, this musical hot spot is appreciated by architecture enthusiasts looking for a unique spot as well as music enthusiasts.
Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 11am-7pm
Wander Around the Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens are a perfect way to escape the busy city streets, and they feature a remarkable collection of sculptures and plants. Not only are the gardens beautiful to walk through, Botanique is also the location for one of the most famous concert halls in Belgium and has been a center for music and culture since the beginning of the 20th century.
236 Rue Royale, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels, Belgium +32 2 218 37 32
Visit the Neo-Baroque Saint-Josse Church
Saint-Josse Church dates back to 1865 and is a striking example of Neo-Baroque architecture. It dominates Place Saint-Josse and is definitely worth a visit.
Get Your Art Fix at the Charlier Museum and the Ateliers Mommen
The Charlier Museum features a wonderful collection of 19th century paintings, tapestries, and jewelry by Belgian artists in the beautiful home of art patron Henri Van Cutsem. The Ateliers Mommen has an equally significant arts pedigree, as it was historically intended as meeting place for artists by its creator Felix Mommen. These days, the Atelier remains true to its original purpose, functioning as a dynamic center of creation and exposition.
Charlier Museum Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 12-5pm & Fri 10am-1pm
Charlier Museum: 16 Avenue des Arts, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels, Belgium +32 2 220 26 91
Ateliers Mommen: 37 Rue de la Charité, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels, Belgium +32 2 220 27 46
Admire the Beautiful Murals Around the Neighborhood
Murals can be found everywhere in Brussels, but in Saint-Josse special attention has been given to Jazz themes. Featuring Jazz artists from across the world, these murals liven up otherwise drab walls and shop fronts. And don’t miss the iconic ‘Couleurs Café’ mural near Place Saint-Josse!