Musique Chienne’s Brussels

Sarah-Louise Barbett is the name behind Brussels-based producer Musique Chienne. The 25-year old student, avid dog-walker and occasional footballer – to name just a few of the faces to her multifaceted persona- doesn’t skip a chance to bargain for music equipment or discover architectural gems on her casual urban explorations. Here she shares with us a few of her preferred spots in Brussels for smart shopping and tasty eateries.

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Photo by Baptiste Aumaître

I am from France, but have been living in Brussels for fours years. I am finishing my Masters at Saint-Luc – Erg. I am studying art, and my specialty is drawing. I have no special bars I go to, I prefer to drink something out in the park, or to take my bike and just go somewhere. I come here [Supra Bailli] with friends after school, its cheap and in the neighborhood, and maybe also to Café Central for the music. There is also the Student Bar, which is good for concerts. It’s a little place close to Saint Lukas, very close to the school a little bar where you can see a show – I’ve seen a lot of shows at this a bar. It’s cool to go there for music and not only for the drinks. I also played my first show in that bar. It’s cool. The bartender is funny; he is very tolerant of all different types of music they play there. For lunch, I don’t have a favorite place, but I like Monsieur Falafel, you get all the salad and hummus you want in a little box, and you can make your own sandwich. Also St Annie Food, a little Chinese bakery close to St. Catherine. It’s a good place to eat something to take away. I was just there today. It’s good and it is very cheap, only 1.30€ for a small bun. Another place to eat is Pizza da Momo, close to Horta. It’s a good little place to eat pizza, and unlike a chain like Mama Roma, it’s cool and typical. For dinner with my parents, there is a place with Belgian specialties called La Regence, it’s open all day, every day. But, it’s not a habit of mine to go out for dinner because I am a student. For food shopping I like to go a super market near where I live, it’s called Alvo. The people there are really nice. I like to go there because they always smile. I also like to go the Chinese shop in the center, close to St Annie [Kam Yuen]. I like the spring rolls there. Also for food, I like Barriere Frit close to Gare du Midi, it’s the best place to buy fries, but the place is not that nice and there is no room to sit. For a day out, I like to go to the suburbs to see the different houses, anywhere in the suburbs. I like to go out where not many people go, far away from the center. The architecture of the houses and the gardens is interesting. My favorite area is near park Forest close to Wiels. For art, I like to go to Wiels; I like the view from the top. I also like Komplot because it’s close and I also played in this place last summer. I like to go to galleries. There used to be a place called Abilene, but it is closed now. It was near Janson and it was a place for young people, started by French students.  There is also Rosa Brux, and Composite, Rossicontemporary Gallery, Almine Rech,  (and every little gallery in The Walk agenda ) and on Rue de la Régence (Mon Cheri, Catherine Bastide, Jan Mot, etc…. )As for music, like I said, The Student is a good place, and Atelier Claus which is in Saint Gilles, close to Barriere and it´s a new place. There is also Rumsteek, a good place close to the south station. It’s an apartment owned by people from a film school in Brussels. The people who live there use the space for projections, concerts, and performances. To buy music, I either go on the internet, or to Les Petit Riens, you can also sometimes find good things there. For instruments I go to Key Music in the center, which is a good place to buy anything related to music. I also know of a little place close to Jeu de Balle a little place that has everything, from cassette players, to toasters, hair dryers, and other things he fixes. Sometimes I also go to Cash Converters to buy instruments or microphones, or some key boards. I go to the one in Chausee Waterloo or Chausee de Ixelles. A good place for books nearby is Peinture Fraîche. There is, on Moris Street and Chausee de Waterloo a small place for comics called Skull.  I also like listening to Radio Campus and Radio Panik. On a Sunday I like to go to the market at Brussels Midi to eat a crepe at this special Moroccan stand where you can eat a crepe with honey, olives and feta cheese. It’s very good and there is always a line of people waiting. Or I also go park Foret, and since I like football, I take my ball to shoot or juggle. Foret is a very good place for football, there is a large green field and sometimes you can find someone to play with, but I prefer to go with my friends. I also like to go there to walk the dogs, as part of a side job I have. As for Institutions, there is the Serres Royales, the royal private garden in the North of Brussels. You can only go there one week out of the year because it’s private.  I also like the Palace of Justice for the view, and walking along the canal.

 
All photos courtesy of Sarah-Louise Barbett
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Abilene
Rue de la Victoire 163
abilenegallery.com
 
Almine Rech Gallery
Rue de l’Abbaye 20
alminerech.com
 
Alvo
alvo.be 
 
Atelier Clausles
Crickxstraat 15
ateliersclaus.com
 
 
Cash Converters
Chaussée de Waterloo 81
Chaussée d’Ixelles 114/A
cashconverters.be
 
Café Central
Borgval 14
lecafecentral.com
 
Friterie de la Barrière de Saint Gilles
Parklaan 5
 
Gallerie Catherine Bastide
Rue de la Régence 67
catherinebastide.com
 
Jan Mot
Rue de la Régence 67
janmot.com
 
Kam Yuen
Rue de la Vierge Noire 2-4
kamyuen.be
 
Komplot
Avenue Van Volxem 295
kmplt.be
 
La Regence
Fernand Cocqplein 12
laregence.be
 
Les Petits Riens
Rue Américaine 101
petitsriens.be
 
Mr Falafel
Boulevard Maurice Lemonnier 53
 
Mon Cheri
67 Rue de la Regence
moncheri.co
 
Peinture Fraiche
peinture-fraiche.be
Notarisstraat 10  
 
Pizzeria Posto Al Sole (Da Momo)
Chaussée de Forest 122 
 
Rue Sainte-Catherine 1
The Student
Rue des Palais 76
   
Radio Campus
radiocampus.be
 
Radio Panik
Rue Saint-Josse 49
radiopanik.org
 
Rosa Brux  
Rue de l’Autonomie 9
rosabrux.org
 
Rossicontemporary
Waterloosesteenweg 690
rossicontemporary.be
 
Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
Koninklijke Parklaan
 
Rumsteek
rumsteek.tumblr.com
 
Supra Bailly
Rue du Bailli 77
 
St Anny food
Rue Sainte-Catherine 1       
 
Technoland
technoland.be
 
The Skull
Chaussée de Waterloo 336
skullbd.com
 
The Walk
thewalk.be
 
Wiels
Avenue Van Volxem 354
wiels.org