BRUSSELS, Belgium — Nestled among independent bars, one-of-kind shops and a remarkable range of boutique restaurants from Indian to Greek cuisine lies the most popular place to be in Brussels on a Wednesday afternoon: The market at Place du Châtelain in Ixelles. The market area is located between several architectural Art Nouveau homes that date back to the beginning of the 20th century.
(Note: Musee Horta, the residence of Victor Horta more commonly referred to as the “Pope of Art Nouveau” is located only two blocks away from the market.)
During late June and the first two weeks in July the Châtelain market turns into the city’s biggest block party. After the market closes folks of all ages including lots of families flood the markets tail end of the street, block traffic, sing, dance, laugh and drink Belgium’s favorite export, beer.