Neighbourhood Walk: Saint-Gilles

16 February 2022
Parvis Saint-Gilles - Brasserie Verschueren - terrasse - printemps

A visit to Saint-Gilles is like walking through an open-air Art Nouveau museum with intimate parks and gardens, working-class neighbourhoods that convey a Mediterranean charm, trendy cafés and eateries, and a multicultural population. Nowadays, Saint-Gilles is a gem and a hugely popular commune.

When the town hall of Saint-Gilles was built at the beginning of the 20th century, the 'Kuulkappers' (literally Cabbage Cutters), a the local inhabitants were known, wanted to surpass the efforts made by the City of Brussels. Their building took on enormous dimensions, and was characterised by beautiful ornaments and statues, and a 41 metre high belfry tower.

In addition to the neoclassical town hall, there are numerous buildings around the commune that were designed in the Art Nouveau style by the architects Victor Horta and Ernest Blerot. This architectural walk really is a feast for the eyes.

The Parvis de Saint-Gilles is the liveliest place in the commune, with its beautiful café terraces and authentic brasseries. On one side you'll find the beautiful church of Saint-Gilles. The area is also known for its many shops selling organic and fair trade products.

Discover all that awaits you during this discovery of the neighbourhood on the map below!

Duration of walk: 2h30 
Starting point: Hôtel des Monnaies-Munthof (metro lines 2 and 6)

The map for this walk is available in French, Dutch and English. 

In collaboration with Brukselbinnenstebuiten