BILL-reporter and Brussels enthusiast Sara is on a mission to discover each of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region. First stop: Saint-Gilles, Belgium’s latest hipster paradise.
Over the last few years, Saint-Gilles has carved out quite the reputation for itself. The (relatively) cheap housing prices and abundance of coffee places and concept stores have transformed the place into the number one hipster hotspot of the capital. After visiting, we can confirm that the rumors about Brussels’ petit Paris are absolutely true.
Presenting: BILL’s five favorite places to visit in Saint-Gilles:
Also known as The Parvis. Expect to be amazed by scores of local markets, festivities, pubs and most of all the amazing atmosphere. Here you’ll find new bars and century-old cafés side by side.
Speaking of peculiar old pubs, Brasserie Verschueren has to be one of the finest. Knack once wrote that if Sartre were still alive, this place would be his favorite place to chill. Also known for its extremely friendly staff and its equally legendary croque monsieurs. Just go and taste for yourself, maybe on a rainy Sunday afternoon in December?
Where? Voorplein 11-13
Words like "new" and "hip" usually serve as huge mental warning signs telling us to avoid a certain place. However, we have to admit that Dillens does breathe a breath of fresh air into Brussels’ Rock-‘n-Roll scene. Go check out a gig on a Saturday night to find out what we’re talking about.
Where? Julien Dillensplein
When in Saint-Gilles, La Pompe is one of the best spots to hang out and enjoy a party or two. Known for booking relatively unknown (yet kick-ass) Dj’s. We suggest visiting on a hot Summer day, to enjoy some cocktails in the shade of a few strategically grown trees.
Where? Waterloosesteenweg 211
Saint-Gilles’ local soccer team currently competes in first division B. We recommend attending at least one game on a Sunday, if only to set foot in their magnificent stadium, located inside the beautiful Dudenpark. Because history.
Where? Marienstadion, Brusselsesteenweg 223