A Sunday in the Dansaert – Sainte Catherine neighbourhood

A Sunday in the Dansaert – Sainte Catherine neighbourhood

Spend a Sunday in the Dansaert – Sainte Catherine neighbourhood, one of Brussels’ most dynamic.

Located very close to the Grand-Place, the Dansaert - Sainte Catherine neighbourhood is a lively district that hosts many designer stores. Discover the area through its cultural activities, including a café in a typical Brussels bar and end your day with a jazz concert.

  • 9:00 – A Brussels wake up

    The neighbourhood is full of small local taverns and Sunday mornings are the perfect time to discover the atmosphere. To enjoy the first rays of sunshine, sit on the terrace of Au Laboureur cafe or go to Mok Café to enjoy a coffee in a Scandinavian setting. Based on the Slow Coffee culture, Mok is a traditional coffee roaster that selects its coffees from all over the world.

    From 10:30 – Take in some culture at CENTRALE for Contemporary Art

    Sundays are synonymous with culture and the Dansaert - Sainte Catherine neighbourhood is the perfect place to soak it up. Located on Place Sainte-Catherine, the CENTRALE for Contemporary Art is one of the best contemporary art spots in Brussels. Discover one of its trendy and avant-garde exhibitions on the visual arts.

    12:00 – Sunday brunch at Café Velvet 

    Sunday is brunch day, so make your way to Café Velvet for a quick trip to Colombia. In addition to its delicious brunch with vegan options, this café is a roasting specialist that carefully selects its products straight from Colombia. With a pretty, sun-drenched terrace, it is the ideal spot to enjoy healthy dishes accompanied by a good coffee.

    14:00 - Sunbath with a view

    Stop just a stone's throw from the Marché aux Poissons (fish market) and discover the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage. Less well known, but nevertheless magnificent with its 17th century Baroque style, it is well worth a visit. The small bench right in front is perfect to enjoy both the sun and a beautiful view of the church.   

    15:00 – A nice walk through the neighbourhood streets 

    Leave the church by the rue du Béguinage and head towards La Tour Noire via Rue de Laeken. Take a couple of unusual selfies at one of the last remnants of the Brussels walls. Keep your eyes wide open during your walk, as there are small alleys hidden everywhere. These typical little cul-de-sacs hide between the houses and contain hidden treasures to discover.

    16:00 – A little afternoon treat

    Brunch is already a distant memory. It's time to have a nice little sweet break at Gaston, an ice cream parlour located in front of the Anspach fountain. Everything is homemade on-site and the flavours are prepared according to the seasons. Sit comfortably on the terrace to enjoy your ice cream by the water's edge.

    17:30 – Time for an aperitif

    Only a few steps away is the next terrace, at Viavia café, where you can enjoy an aperitif. This trendy bar is the perfect spot to play a board game with a Belgian beer. For lovers of good cocktails, go to Barbeton on Rue Antoine Dansaert. And for a more kids friendly corner (with a playground and a terrace), go to the Café De Markten.

    19:00 – A great spot for dinner 

    Time to enjoy some Belgian specialities in a typical restaurant in the centre of Brussels. Monk offers four types of spaghetti and a few varieties of cheese. Enjoy your meal with a Belgian beer in a musical and friendly atmosphere. If you don't fancy pasta, go to Le Pré Salé, a Brussels restaurant where you will find typical dishes such as mussels or a Flemish stew with chips. 

    21:30 – A night of jazz 

    Did you know that the saxophone was invented by a Belgian? No wonder Brussels is known for its jazz bars. Sunday evening is the perfect opportunity to drop in and soak up their atmosphere. Visit Roskam, which attracts a majority of Dutch-speaking punters. Order a small “pintje” beer and develop your foreign language skills. Open until 2am, this bar is located on Rue de Flandre.

    An added bonus in the neighbourhood: Brussels’ unmissable fish bar

    During your short walk, stop at Noordzee - Mer du Nord. It's a fish bar that is one of the best fishmongers in the capital, and one of the hottest aperitif spots on Place Sainte-Catherine. Enjoy a breath of fresh sea air around a high table, a glass of white wine and delicious homemade shrimp croquettes.