The Ixelles Cemetery district, "Village in the city"

Avenue Franklin Rooselvelt

The Cimetière d’Ixelles district of Brussels is located to the south of Ixelles and has an ideal location. Bordering the municipality of Watermael-Boistfort, this essentially residential district is surrounded by the Ixelles Cemetery, the ULB and the Boondael district.

le Pain Quotidien au Cimetière d'Ixelles

walk through the Ixelles Cemetery district

Welcome to the Ixelles Cemetery district, a district located between the city and the forest in the south of Ixelles, close to Place Brugmann and Flagey. Put down your bags in a neighbourhood with a university spirit and a family atmosphere. This area of Brussels is known as one of the coolest places in Europe.

Cimetière d'Ixelles
ULB

A multi-generational neighbourhood

The Cimetière d’Ixelles district is mainly residential, and owes its success to its privileged location between the city and the forest. The presence of the Université Libre de Bruxelles is a major development and employment centre in Ixelles. Thus, the large supply of public transport, the existence of shops, restaurants, bars and estaminets will lead you to come across as many families, students and retired people.

 

ULB
La Bécasse

Stroll through the Ixelles cemetery

This is no ordinary cemetery. The Ixelles cemetery is one of the most important cemeteries in Belgium. With its exceptional funerary heritage, take the time to stroll through the long tree-lined alleys of this place, with its straight perspectives. Visit the Ixelles cemetery like a miniature city with its roundabouts and islands. And there is nothing to stop you from visiting the graves of Victor Horta, Ernest Solvay, Eugène Ysaye or the sculptor Constantin Meunier.

Le cimetière d'Ixelles

Diversions to the Villa Empain

After our stroll through the Ixelles cemetery, we head for the south-west of Ixelles. We cross the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt and stop for a moment at the Villa Empain. This veritable temple of Art Deco, now an art centre, will fascinate you with the wealth of conferences held there and the diversity of concerts on offer.

Villa Empain
Villa Empain

And if you feel like going for a stroll or a run, head for the Bois de la Cambre located a few steps from the Villa Empain.

le bois de la cambre
le bois de la cambre

Living near the Ixelles Cemetery

Fresh Corner
Kings of Comedy
La fleur du Pain
Carrefour Market
L'orchidée Blanche
restaurant Bavet
Café Waff
restaurant La Mirabelle
Fresh Corner
Kings of Comedy

10 things to do or places to see in the Ixelles Cemetery district

  • Have a drink with friends at the Waff on the Boondael road near the cemetery;
  • Taste the fine Vietnamese cuisine of the « Orchidée Blanche » or the unmissable « Mirabelle », just a stone’s throw from the Waff;
  • Shopping at the Boondael market, especially on Thursday afternoons and evenings;
  • Discover the Art Deco at the Villa Empain on the Franklin Roosevelt Avenue;
  • Attend a classical music concert at the Villa Empain;
  • Walk in the tree-lined alleys of the Ixelles cemetery;
  • Follow a conference at the Université Libre de Bruxelles;
  • Playing tennis at the Tennis-Club du Bois de la Cambre;
  • Attend a stand-up show at the Kings of Comedy Club opposite the Ixelles cemetery;
  • Spend an evening with the family in a local bar.
Cimetière d'Ixelles
Tennis du Bois de la Cambre
Square du Vieux Tilleul
Eglise Saint Adrien
le bois de la cambre
L'auberge de Boendael
Cimetière d'Ixelles
Tennis du Bois de la Cambre

Are you attracted by this half-urban, half-campaign place? The Cimetière d’Ixelles district of Brussels is full of luxury houses and flats that will not leave you indifferent.

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