The Saint-Géry Walk – Fish and Art

Brussels is a bilingual city; one of the consequences is that all the street names have a French and a Dutch variant. The funny thing is that the two names are not always the same. So in French we talk about the Marché aux Poissons (Fish Market), whereas in Dutch we refer to the same square as the Sint-Katelijneplein. To be more precise: it’s the square between the Baksteenkaai and the Brandhoutkaai (zoom in on the map to see the street names):

This is actually the square where you have the metro station Sainte-Catherine/Sint-Katelijne. According to Wikipedia,

The station is unique in Brussels for being located in the reclaimed and covered space of an old harbor dock. Because of this, the metro tunnel runs very shallow at this point, making the station one of the few in Brussels that lack an underground mezzanine. Entrances and exits from the station lead up into the middle of the Sainte Catherine square.

This neighborhood is known for its art galleries, seafood shops and restaurants. Not the cheapest ones! The most famous fish shop is called De Noordzee, and although they are not cheap, they do offer a huge variety of fish and seafood at a very high quality. And maybe the square looks a bit familiar; a part of the Christmas market takes place here every year.


  • janalinesmalman May 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Brussels looks like a stunning place to explore! Would love to visit it someday!

    • Ingrid D. May 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Please do! Mail us when you come! We could show you around!

  • Jane Doe May 24, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I really enjoyed my stay in Belgium last year, but I didn’t know I’d miss it so much. Thanks for these pictures to remind me of my “heart home” 😉

    • Ingrid D. May 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

      You’re welcome! 🙂


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