Upper Town

From the Place Royale you pass through the rue de Namur/Naamsestraat on the Avenue de la Toison d’Or/de gulden Vlieslaan, in the upper city of Brussels.


Graffiti artists have decorated various facades in the Naamsestraat.

  • For shopping lovers, the Avenue de la Toision d’Or/Gulden Vlieslaan + galleries and the Avenue Louise/Louisalaan are the place to be. These avenues with covered galleries are the most exclusive places to go shopping in Brussels.
  •  The Egmont Palace – This palace was built in the 16th century and thoroughly rebuilt in the 17th century by the family of the Princes of Arenberg. It was home to many famous people such as Queen Christina of Sweden, Louis XV, Jean-Baptiste Rousseau and Voltaire. Now the building is owned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is a prestigious setting for important conferences. The park is open to the public. You can dream away, read, picnic or let the children play there.
  •  The Mantongé district – The Matongewijk, enclosed between the Waversesteenweg/Chaussée de Wavre and the Chaussée d’Ixelles/Elsenesesteenweg, can be considered the African heart of Brussels. The name Matongé dates from the seventies and means shrub, small bush in a dialect from Kinshasa. The centre of this district is located around the Saint Boniface Church. There are many local shops, from jewellery to hairdressing salons to exotic fruit and vegetable shops. In the long-lived street and the St-Boniface street you will also find cozy restaurants.

Naar Further from the centre