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