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Brussels Sights

Quartier de l'Ilôt Sacré (small sacred island neighborhood)

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Updated 10/17/2013

Fodor's Review

Flimflam artists and jewelry vendors mingle with the crowds in the narrow rue des Bouchers and even narrower petite rue des Bouchers. Many streets in central Brussels were widened as part of the preparations for the 1958 World's Fair, but these tiny routes escaped being demolished after locals complained. The area was given special protection in 1959. As long as you watch out for pickpockets, it's all good-natured fun in the liveliest area in Brussels, where restaurants

and cafés stand cheek by jowl, their tables spilling out onto the sidewalks. One local street person makes a specialty of picking up a heaped plate and emptying it into his bag. The waiters laugh and bring another plate. The restaurants make strenuous efforts to pull you in with huge displays of seafood and game, though the effort they put into the food itself's not as impressive. There have also been occasional arrests for large-scale credit-card fraud in some of the restaurants.

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Brussels, Belgium

Website: www.ilotsacre.be

Updated 10/17/2013

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By Brian

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Aug 17, 2006

Entertaining and Frustrating

The Rue des Bouchers is overflowing with interesting little restaurants and cafes. Each place has a beautiful window display and unique decor. In the sidewalk, you will find hosts trying to convince you to choose their establishment. The hosts will do just about anything to get you to stop including offering free wine, 2 for 1, etc. Hosts from different cafes argue with each other and compete for your business. This is all very entertaining at first,

but realize that there are over 20 restaurants on the rue and after the 10th heckling from a host, it becomes a draining experience to walk throught maze. I would still recommend seeing this spectacle at least once.

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