- “From the front door to your morning espresso bar, never more than 100 m” – Joris B., entrepreneur and friend. So in honor of Joris, herewith our tips on where to get coffee in one of the best Saint Gilles café.
- Brasserie de l’Union: this café has withstood the “hipster” invasion of Saint Gilles and remains true to it’s working class roots. Named after the local football team l’Union Saint Gilloise, life long customers are greeted by name by the no nonsense staff. Drinks your espresso straight up at the bar with a buttery croissant, while reading the local papers at this Saint Gilles café.
- Le Dillens: overlooking a small tree filled square, this is a happy hangout from early morning to late at night serving whatever you fancy throughout the day. Fresh organic juices, homemade dish of the day served in generous portions and local independent brews on tap, all served in a casual, plant filled space. Excellent wifi should you need to check-in while hanging out.
- Au Pays des Merveilles: APDM is the go-to for fresh bagels in Brussels. Satisfy your bagel fix or indulge in a full brunch of eggs or pancakes. Try and snag a seat outside at this Saint Gilles café to enjoy the view of the gorgeous rue Jean Volders, one of the prettiest Art Deco streets in Brussels.
- “From the front door to your morning espresso bar, never more than 100 m” – Joris B., entrepreneur and friend. So in honor of Joris, herewith our tips on where to get coffee in the Chatelain Area in Brussels.
- Hinterland: our neighbors on the corner, were just starting out when we were renovating MP Chatelain. We spent many a meeting huddled around their tables while sipping the smoothie of the day. Three years later and they have hit their stride attracting a young, fashionable crowd hungry for Hinterland’s healthy fare. With the tram stop just outside their door this is a very good option for those who grab breakfast on the go in the Chatelain area in Brussels. http://hntrlnd.be/en
- Forcado: Our neighborhood has a significant Portuguese population, which you can definitely appreciate during Euro or World cup football season. The rest of the time, you can enjoy traditional pasteis and strong coffee at Forcado. A family run Pasteileria they only serve sweet Portuguese specialties in their beautifully renovated interior. http://forcado.be/en
- Parlor Coffee Roasters: is nirvana for coffee connoisseurs, as well as the rest of us who love a great coffee shop as well as a decent sandwich to pick up for lunch. They roast their own beans, have heaps of knowledge about what you’re drinking… but it’s the lovely coffee smell and charming staff which will keep you coming back in the Chatelain Area in Brussels. https://www.parlorcoffee.eu/
MP Louise is our most challenging project to date: a dramatic house with loads of personality, we wanted to respect the space while meeting the needs of our residents for convenience, community and, when needed, some privacy.
What were the design elements you wanted to accentuate when doing the interiors for the house?
This is a very traditional bourgeois home from the turn of the century with marble fireplaces, 5 meter high ceilings and lovely period details. We really wanted to accentuate the original architecture and atmosphere of the house while keeping it modern and light. The wallpapers are a humorous nod to the house’s bourgeois past while the eclectic furniture makes it feel like a true home where you could put your feet up and stay a while.
How did you incorporate the needs of a demanding co-living community?
Rule number one: invest in the wifi. We learned this the hard way so now we have the best provider in Brussels. Feedback from our other houses is that residents want to be able to get out of their rooms without having to face their housemates’ dinner party in the common space. So we have created different areas to curl up with a book or do some work from home. Storage is also big concern, as is keeping your stuff separate in the kitchen because there is always that one person…
How did you manage to make each room individual?
Isabelle sourced most of our furniture from vintage markets here in Belgium and in Scandinavia, so there isn’t one look but a happy mix. We wanted it to feel like the house had been in the same family for generations, relaxed and lived in. No two rooms are alike, just like our residents!
What are some of the surprises residents will find about the house?
Afternoon sunlight in the upstairs reading nook, the piano in the living room… just some of the surprises that await.