Deep in the heart of the commune of Ixelles, a stone’s throw from the much-posher bars and restaurants of Rue St Boniface, is a bustling ethnic quarter.
Nicknamed Matonge, after a part of Kinshasa, this bit of Brussels is a must-visit (although it can get a bit dodgy late at night).
Specifically, the pedestrian section of the street Rue Longue Vie features bar after bar and, while none of them stand out individually, the cumulative effect of lots of outdoor tables, brightly coloured national costumes, music and general chit-chat in a multitude of languages and dialects makes for a cracking evening out. Especially on those (rare) hot summer’s nights. Not to be missed.