Sainte Catherine is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Brussels. Specialist dealers, charming bars, fancy restaurants and colourful stalls are concentrated in this small corner of Brussels which invites gourmet travellers to celebrate the art of fine cuisine.
THE CHURCH OF SAINTE CATHERINE
The first written texts on Sainte-Catherine chapel dateback from 1200. The chapel was then attached to the city wall, whose remains are still preserved. The present church was redesigned in 1854-59 by Joseph Polaert in a variety of styles, mixing the Romanesque, the Gothic and the Renaissance styles. The Place Ste-Catherine was only laid in front of this large church after the basin once here was filled in.
The church is being restored and it impresses more than ever. Remember to visit the church and its neighbourhood during your visit to Brussels.
THE OLD PORT OF BRUSSELS
They call it the stomach of Brussels and, at first sight, we would never say that we are in what was the ancient city port. The central square was once the city’s main fish market, and this is still the best place to indulge in a dish or two of Brussels’ famous seafood.
During weekends, more and more people come to this place for an aperitif.
You can also visit the small Chinatown, with numerous shops and restaurants from that country.
ODDITIES ABOUT SAINTE CATHERINE
Attached to the walls of the church is one of the historic city urinals.
THE CHRISTMAS MARKET IN SAINTE CATHERINE
Every year there is a famous Christmas market in Sainte Catherine. It’s one of the most beautiful ones in Europe.
You will find many craft stalls and local products as beer, waffles, sausages, gin.
There is also a big wheel and a skating rink.
You cannot miss it if you visit Brussels at Christmas.
SHOPPING IN SAINTE CATHERINE
If you feel like spending some extra money, the best thing to do is to nose about rue Antoine Dansaert, where you will find the most modern shops in Brussels. Antwerp has a boutique in this street.
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Place Sainte-Catherine, Brussels.
HOW TO GET TO SAINTE CATHERINE
METRO: Lines 1 and 5. Stop Sainte Catherine.
SOME PLACES NEAR SAINTE CATHERINE
- Grand Place: 900 meters
- Saint Gery: 200 meters
- Sablon: 1.3 km