Before leaving to discover the Parvis de Saint-Gilles, we invite you to discover one of the most beautiful buildings of the capital, the town hall of Saint-Gilles. Built in the French neo-renaissance style, it is overhung by a belfry of 41 meters high! Push the door, the entrance hall is also worth a visit.
Further south, not far from the Forest Park and the Albert Avenue, stands a building resembling a castle. It is the prison of Saint-Gilles. If you are interested in the neo-medieval style, visit the Porte de Hal, further north, on the border between Saint-Gilles and Les Marolles. Climb to the top and enjoy an impressive panorama of the city of Brussels.
The Avenue du Parc and the Barrière de Saint-Gilles delimit the districts. To the west is the Parvis Saint-Gilles, to the east, the Hauts de Saint-Gilles. In the Parvis, bars are legion and terraces are popular!
To start your tour, go to the Parvis, a few steps from the church of Saint-Gilles, and enter the Brasserie Verschueren, an authentic Art Deco style place. A little further on, the Maison du Peuple café organizes DJ sets. But that’s not all! Lovers of original beers can meet at the Ermitage. At aperitif time, it’s at the Flora café that you should go to taste fabulous cocktails. Finally, the locals meet at the brasserie de l’Union, the café Dillens or the Belladone, a café that is worth a visit, if only for its imposing copper bar.
Saint-Gilles is a district renowned for its art galleries. The location of the neighborhood and the Place du Jeu de Balle, a 10-minute walk from the Porte de la Hal, the proximity of the Marolles and the concentration of public transportation attract gallery owners. One of the best known art galleries is the Déborah Bowmann Gallery, specializing in design and contemporary art. Another Mecca for culture and emerging artists that you will enjoy is the Forest Divonne Gallery, on rue de l’Hôtel des Monnaies. You will find it in the Art Nouveau Wissinger Hotel, a sumptuous building signed by Victor Horta.
Another asset of the Parvis de Saint-Gilles district is its ecological and social orientation. Sustainable development, participative economy and exchanges are present. To get an idea of this, go to the Tricoterie, a 1,200 m² space located on a former industrial site on rue Théodore Verhaegen. The place defines itself as a link factory and hosts citizen initiatives, but also an important offer of activities: repair café, creators’ market, concerts, yoga (and laughter yoga!), siesta with the gongs, writing workshops (to name but a few)… Every Sunday, the brunch is sold out! You’ll have to be there early to reserve a table and enjoy a moment with family or friends around healthy and organic food. There is even a daycare for the little ones to have fun.
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