The lovely squares and terraces of Saint-Gilles

01 March 2022
Man reading on the sunny terrace of café La Pompe in Saint-Gilles

Brussels has many "hearts" and Saint-Gilles is definitely one of them! This commune just south of the city centre, always has a southern vibe. Whether you want to brunch, lunch, aperitif or dine, our suggestions will soon have you exactly where you need to be: sitting on a terrace on a lovely square, ready to order!  

Parvis de Saint-Gilles

Fancy relaxing on a terrace? Then make your way to Parvis de Saint-Gilles. This square is overflowing with them! On sunny days, the square looks like one big terrace. You should start with two classics: Brasserie Verschueren and Brasserie De l’Union. These two authentic cafés have become a permanent fixtures in the capital, not to mention on this square. Brasserie Verschueren has been there since 1880!

Maybe it's a bit early for the atmosphere of a typical brasserie? In the mood for something fresh, fruity, colourful... then how about Café Flora? Their yellow chairs are great for aperitifs and brunches. Opposite there's Maison du Peuple, the perfect place for a drink or a bite. Looking for something a bit more chic? Then Cipiace is an absolute must. Their menu offers refined Italian specialities, fine wines and cocktails! In need of something a little more substantial? Then the hamburgers at Green Mango or the artisanal pizzas at L'Ermitage Saint-Gilles around the corner in rue de Moscou are just the ticket. The latter is also an absolute must for craft beer lovers.

Sunny terraces of Parvis de Saint-Gilles including that of Café Flora

Place Julien Dillens

Maybe Parvis Saint-Gilles is a bit too busy for your liking? Then make your way along rue de Jourdan to place Julien Dillens. This little square feels so cosy, thanks to the presence of two large trees. You can sit in their shade on the terrace of Le Dillens, a restaurant with a surprising menu and have lunch, brunch, dinner or just enjoy a glass of wine on a balmy summer's evening. Speaking of brunch, this square may be small, but it has no shortage of brunch options! Oma helps you start the day in the most nutritious of ways! 

Two women with a buggy drinking on the sunny terrace of café Le Dillens under a parasol

Place Maurice Van Meenen and the surrounding streets

It doesn't matter when you go, a visit to place Maurice Van Meenen is always a good plan. For an extensive beer list and a decent bite to eat, Café La Biche is the place to go. This place might be far from the sea, but it’s bursting with its flavours! It’s home to Fernand Obb Delicatessen. Year after year their shrimp croquettes are voted the best in Brussels, and with good reason! Need a drink after too many crispy flavour bombs? You'll find Café La Pompe just around the corner, which has a sunny terrace and a great menu. Next is The Modern Alchemist on Avenue Adolph Demeur. Nowadays you can, once again, enjoy their luxurious cocktails on their terrace. The perfect place for an aperitif before going for dinner at Liesse or Le Damoiselle! So, as you can see, there's plenty of choice. One thing's for certain: it doesn't matter when you go, a visit to place Van Meenen is always a good plan.

Café La Biche summer terrace on place Van Meenen