There’s a piece of Africa in the middle of Ixelles that is truly muliticultural, and this neighborhood is named Matongé, after the lively neighborhood in Kinshasa. The diversity of Ixelles is illustrated in the night life and the cafés, from artsy student haunts to trendy bars and cozy tea rooms, there are plenty of places to grab a drink and relax.
The area in front of the Saint Boniface church is known for its many bars and cafes, yet L’Athénée, which is hidden behind the church, often goes unnoticed. This little bar is beloved by the nearby cinema school’s students, and is a go-to place for artists. Still largely undiscovered by tourists, the colorful terrace and cozy cafe at this little spot are great places to hang out.