Ixelles has a heady mix of major shopping streets with high-end retailers and lush green wooded spaces
Ixelles is a commune of great contrasts, loaded with history. Busy and full of bustle, yet studded with parks among its housing blocks, Ixelles is also home to the prestigious Université Libre de Bruxelles.


Located in the south-east of Brussels in the inner suburbs, Ixelles covers an area of 6.34 square kilometres and is bordered by the City of Brussels, Etterbeek, Forest, Auderghem, Uccle, Saint-Gilles and Watermael-Boitsfort. Ixelles has something for everyone, from the main shopping streets around Porte de Namur to the greenery of the Abbaye de la Cambre.

Ixelles is a commune with very distinct neighbourhoods. The many theatres and cinemas mean Ixelles is the centre of culture and nightlife in the upper town. The area around Porte de Namur and Toison d'or, a hub of high-end stores and big brands, could be described as Brussels’ second centre. Ixelles is a bustling commune, especially the famous African "Matongé" neighbourhood and around the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), but still has opportunities to get away from the hustle and bustle of the great boulevards: Square de Meeûs, Parc ten Bosh, Parc Abbé Froidure and Bois des Commères, where you can stroll around the ponds while admiring the magnificent art nouveau and art deco architecture of the surroundings.

Ixelles is the only commune in the Region that is not in one piece. Avenue Louise, which is in the City of Brussels, divides it in two.

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Statistical overview of the commune of Ixelles (FR/NL)

(Source: Institut Bruxellois de Statistique et d'Analyse - IBSA)

General contact details of the communal administration

Chaussée d'Ixelles 168, 1050 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 515 61 11
Email: secretariat@ixelles.brussels
Online: www.ixelles.be (FR/NL)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/communeixelles
Twitter: twitter.com/Ixelles_Elsene

Police zone 5339 (Brussels-Capital Ixelles)

Ixelles is part of police zone Brussels-Capital Ixelles which covers the City of Brussels and Ixelles.


Rue Jean Paquot 63 B, 1050 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 641 54 59
Online: www.cpasixelles.irisnet.be (FR/NL)

Informations updated on 6 January 2021

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