Explore Flagey

Place Eugene Flagey came into being in the 1860s, when the land it stands on was reclaimed from the Ixelles Ponds, which still lie adjacent to the square, home to flocks of ducks and swans. Once little more than a car park in the middle of a busy crossroads, it underwent extensive renovations in the Noughties, finally reopening in 2008. Now the wide paved area plays host to a thriving fruit and veg market at the weekend, a great place to grab something to eat before heading to the ponds for a stroll. In the summer hidden water jets are turned on, transforming the square into an aquatic play area for the local kids. On a hot day, head to Bar Magnum to try an ice-cream lolly dipped in Belgian chocolate. Or if you fancy more hearty fare, stop by at de Valera's Irish pub for the steak and Guinness pie. One whole side of the square is given over to the hulking Art Deco Flagey building. A must for audiophiles, it's a concert hall and the HQ of the Brussels Philharmonic, and it also houses a state of the art recording studio responsible for the soundtracks to movies such as “High Rise” and the Academy Award-winning “The Artist”.