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Live music at Sounds Jazz Club| Courtesy of Sounds Jazz Club
Live music at Sounds Jazz Club| Courtesy of Sounds Jazz Club

The Best Cafés In Matongé, Brussels

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Updated: 9 February 2017
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.

Le Bar Parallèle

This excellent local bar offers great hours and free wifi. Besides being very welcoming, Bar Paralelle is home to a wide variety of wines, so make yourself comfortable and try not to spill food on your laptop. This bar also has a very affordable plat du jour every day, which is ideal for customers who just can’t decide.

27 Place Fernand Cocq, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 512 30 41

The interior of Bar Parallele | Courtesy of Bar Parallele

The interior of Bar Parallele | Courtesy of Bar Parallele


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.

2 Rue Jules Bouillon, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

Comptoir Florian – la Maison du Thé

Brussels has a number of interesting places to enjoy a hot drink (because not every drinking establishment has to offer beer). Comptoir Florian is a lovely tea room that invites you to take it easy for a while and enjoy some excellent tea or coffee with a good book, preferably in one of their comfy chairs. If you try a tea that you really love, you can buy it loose in store along with a beautiful new teapot.

17 rue Saint Boniface, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 513 91 03

Teapots at Comptoir Florian - la Maison du Thé| Courtesy of Comptoir Florian

Tea and teapots at Comptoir Florian – la Maison du Thé| Courtesy of Comptoir Florian


Titulus is an unpretentious wine bar at the Chaussée de Wavre where you can explore what the world of wine, strong liquors, and Japanese sake have to offer; a great place to go drinking. This cave a vins, or ‘wine cellar’, is the perfect place to try something new. Tasting can take a while, of course, so don’t forget to order some little cheese snacks on the side.

167 A Chaussée de Wavre, 1050 Bruxelles, +32 2 512 98 30

The Crazy Circle

Soul and jazz combine perfectly at this little bar in Brussels. The Crazy Circle describes itself as an ‘bubbly event bar’, referring to its amazing selection of sparkling wine, champagne and cava. The bar also specializes in rum and regularly hosts live music and art events, like painting exhibitions and poetry nights. This is the perfect place to see or hear something new while eating snacks and drinking some bubbly.

11 Rue du Prince Royal, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 540 84 05

Snacks of The Crazy Circle | Courtesy of The Crazy Circle

Snacks of The Crazy Circle | Courtesy of The Crazy Circle

De Haus

This bar presents itself as a wonderful place where ‘peanut shells are thrown on the floor’ that also has ‘probably the best toilets in Brussels’. With a sense of humor like that, how can you not love this lively cafe? While their ‘gin of the week’, comfy salon, and delicious potato snacks are all exciting on their own, it’s the trendy atmosphere, sweet cocktails, and large selection of beers that make De Haus incredibly inviting.


183 Chaussée d’Ixelles, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 503 21 95

Sounds Jazz Club

Since 1986, this bar has brought authentic jazz to Brussels. Stepping through the door transports you to a swinging jazz culture straight out of Chicago or New Orleans. At Sounds Jazz Club you can watch live music performances while enjoying some Italian cuisine and a glass of wine.

28 Rue de la Tulipe, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 512 92 50

Live music at Sounds Jazz Club| Courtesy of Sounds Jazz Club

Live music at Sounds Jazz Club| Courtesy of Sounds Jazz Club

London Calling

‘On a street (the name of which translates to ‘Dublin Street’) near Place de Londres, you can find a pub that enables you to visit London without leaving the Belgian capital. This place offers a wide selection of whiskeys, serves a variety of dishes (including homemade pizza), and has live funk and soul concerts every week. The interior, with cozy armchairs and graffiti, has a unique and comfortable atmosphere.

46 Rue de Dublin, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 478 58 22 20

L’Ultime Atome

L’Ultime Atome‘s quirky interior makes this bar a fun place to visit, and this big brasserie is a great place to grab a bite and enjoy a beer before exploring Brussels’ nightlife. There’s also a brunch menu in the morning, in case you’ve been out all night! The beer menu features over 80 different varieties, and their hamburgers are highly rated. L’Ultime Atome is popular with locals, so expect it to be a bit crowded.


14 Rue Saint-Boniface, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, +32 2 513 48 84

Inside the utimate atom | Courtesy of L'Ultime Atome

Inside the ultimate atom | Courtesy of L’Ultime Atome


What used to be a quiet Anglican church is now the beating heart of Matonge’s nightlife. This spirited nightclub has three different bars and an interesting interior that features chandeliers, mural paintings, and hints of crystal and gold. Spirito‘s extravagant atmosphere attract big groups of people every night, as does the atmosphere, so head here to get the party started.

18 Rue de Stassart, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 483 58 06 97