Favorite Coffee Shops Around Saint-Gilles 

We’ve updated our list to include our favorite newcomers to the neighborhood! 

Whether it’s a quick cappuccino to start the day or a powerful pour-over to get you through the afternoon, here’s a list of some of our favorite coffee shops within walking distance of Morton Place.

Enjoy discovering our favorite haunts!


Organic & vegetal coffee bar that offers a fun menu of coffees, teas, fresh juices and other homemade drinks, plus all-day breakfast, vegan lunches, and tons of tasty treats. According to the must-read Brussels Kitchen’s sweet review, Alchimist cafe — with its huge brick wall, overflowing bookshelf, warm-vibes and vintage decor — feels like you’ve stepped into a cozy apartment. You get the picture. And you’ll love the coffee. 

Rue de Savoie 59, 1060 Saint-Gilles
Mon-Fri 7:30 to 15:00 // Sat & Sun 10:00 to 15:00


Coffee at l'Alchimiste Brussels

Image courtesy of l’Alchimiste

Belga & Co

This small-but-mighty speciality coffee shop on bustling rue du Bailli is perfect for grabbing a coffee-to-go. Or plant yourself for a while within the deep cacao-colored space for a ‘cuppa’ made with beans roasted weekly at their Antwerp-based roastery. Check out the small menu of savory and sweet bites and if you’re lucky enough for a sunny day, grab a seat on the adorable terrace in front or out back in the garden. 

Rue du Bailli 7A, 1000 Brussels
Mon-Fri 8:00 to 18:00 // Sat & Sun 9:00 to 18:00

Image courtesy of Belga & Co

Buddy Buddy

What do you get when two buddies from France and New Zealand team up in Brussels? One fabulous nut butter & coffee community that’s not to be missed! Buddy Buddy is fully plant-based and creates coffee concoctions that celebrate the organic, speciality nut-butters created in-house. From the keto-friendly “Bulletproof” to the decadent “Le Buddy” & “Praline Mocha,” Buddy Buddy also showcases a variety of iced, batch-brew, plus non-coffee options, making it a must-visit favorite among locals, celebrities, and visiting dignitaries. Run, don’t walk to one of the hottest spots in town! (Hint: it’s just up the street from the Apple Store).

 Rue des Drapiers 10, 1050 Ixelles 
Open everyday 9:00 to 18:00 (closed on Christmas Day)


Image courtesy of Buddy Buddy


While the name conjures up remote spaces, this Hinterland is anything but. Buzzy and hip, Hinterland is an independent specialty coffee bar that serves brunch, breakfast and lunch all day. Vintage tile, light wood accents, exposed brick, and good lighting combine to make this corner spot an instant neighborhood fav. Add in the delectable menu featuring bowls, pancakes, eggs, savory toasts… the list goes on and you might never leave!

Chaussée de Charleroi 179, 1060 Saint-Gilles
Mon-Fri 8:00 to 16:00 // Sat & Sun 9:00-17:00 // closed Wed


Image courtesy of Hinterland


Enjoy a range of your favorite specialty and filtered coffees paired with a seasonal, locally-sourced menu. You’ll taste the difference in all of Kami’s quality offerings — with their organic beans roasted at Kolonel Coffee in Antwerp — and feel at home in the brightly decorated space. You could say it’s zen all around. 

Chaussée de Waterloo, 355, 1060 Saint-Gilles
Tue-Fri 8:30 to 16:00 // Sat 10:00 to 17:00 // closed Sun & Mon

Image courtesy of Kami

Welcome to the neighborhood of Morton Place Chatelain

You’ll be spoiled for culinary choice living at Morton Place Chatelain — take a quick walk in any direction and you’ll find foodie gems ranging from brunch to burritos to baked goodies. Our St. Gilles neighborhood retains its local and eclectic character, which is why so many of the hottest spots in Brussels also choose to call it home. Here’s our quick guide for exploring some of the city’s best bites, right on your doorstep!

Coffe shop hinterland MP chatelain

Our Local Favorite Coffee & Brunch Spot – Hinterland

While the name conjures up remote spaces, this Hinterland is anything but. Cozy and warm, buzzy and hip, Hinterland is an independent specialty coffee bar that serves brunch, breakfast and lunch all day. Swing by for a coffee to go, or get comfortable with an organic meal in one of the lovely nooks. Vintage tile, light wood accents, exposed brick, and good lighting combine to make this corner spot an instant neighborhood fav. Add in the delectable menu featuring bowls, pancakes, eggs, savory toasts… the list goes on and you might never leave! Chaussée de Charleroi 179, 1060 | Open weekdays 8:00-16:00; Sa/Su 9;00-17:00; closed Wednesdays.


Best Bread & Bakery – Blond


Blond is the quintessential neighborhood boulangerie. Its name references the color of wheat and also the golden hue of freshly baked bread. Here you’ll find gorgeous baguettes, high quality bread loaves in a variety of flavors, freshly baked pastries and a range of tartes, tartines and sandwiches depending on the day. The line out front just means the goodies are worth waiting for! 

Chaussée de Charleroi 142, 1060 | Open T-F 7:00 – 19:00; Sa 7:00 – 16:00; Su 7:00 – 14:00; closed Mondays

Organic Everything With a Mission – The Barn Bio Market


The Barn Bio Market in St. Gilles has everything you need to stock up at home when you don’t feel like eating out. You’ll find a huge selection of bulk items and a rainbow of seasonal produce, curated cheeses & meats, serve-yourself olive oils, juices, spreads, beverages, cereals, pasta and so much more. The Barn Bio Market puts into practice what it preaches – providing sustainable, organic, seasonal, varied products that empower local and regional suppliers. So when you shop at The Barn, you’ll feel good about eating well! 

Chaussée de Charleroi 92, 1060 | Open M 13:00 – 19:30; T-Sa 10:00 – 19:30; Su 8:00 – 11:45

Fresh, Fast, Mexican Food – Donki

Have a craving for comfort food? Want to transport your tastebuds to a sunnier spot? Don’t miss the tacos, burritos, salads, bowls and nachos at Donki, your local casita for delicious Mexican food. You’ll find menu offerings for everyone – vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike!

Guacamole, salsa and queso shine on this menu too. Dine in, takeaway or have this local taste of Mexico delivered right to your door. 

Chaussée de Charleroi 66A, 1060 | Open M-Sa 12:00 – 14:30 and 17:30 – 22:00.

Treats For Your Sweet Tooth – Coco Donuts


If you think you’ve tried donuts, think again! Coco Donuts are works of art, full of fun and based on a classic brioche recipe. Founded in 2016, Coco is the first handmade gourmet donut shop in Belgium, with small batches made fresh daily. As delicious to eat as they are beautiful to look at, flavors run the gamut from more than ten types of chocolate combinations to fruity fantasies to cereal and candy topped confections. You’ll also find cookies, cronuts (yes, a mix between a croissant and a donut!), cakes, coffee, and a variety of customized dessert options. 

Chaussée de Charleroi 168, 1060 | Open M-Sa 9:00 – 18:00; Su 10:00 – 18:00.


Best Gym on the Block – Basic Fit


It’s a good thing there’s a gym nearby with all of this eating! Basic Fit St. Gilles is a full service gym complete with cardio machines, spinning programs, weights, classes, and personal trainers available. While this location is super convenient — just up the street from Morton Place — one benefit of Basic Fit is that you can use any of their gyms in town. Visit Basic Fit online or stop by in person to learn more about their different subscriptions and programs. Chaussée de Charleroi 146/15, 1060 | Open M-F 8:00 – 22:30; Sa/Su 9:00 – 16:00.

Jeune Femmes souriantes avec un verre a la main en soirée organisée a Bruxelles

Shared experiences in Brussels’ coliving for international professionals

Can You See Yourself at Morton Place?


We hope you’ll join our Morton Place community! As a resident in one of our homes it’s our mission to help you settle into Brussels while delivering you the unique benefits of a chic, all-inclusive, coliving environment. Feel free to reach out anytime!


Coliving is becoming a more popular choice for adults looking for easy and sociable living arrangements. Nostalgic for their student days, but needing a more grown up approach, coliving offers the social advantages of communal living without some of its drawbacks. If you’re thinking about the best way to find somewhere to live that offers you all that you need from a private and a social point of view, coliving might be right for you.

What is Coliving?

Coliving is a growing housing trend focused on shared living. Depending on the residence, shared spaces can range from cinema rooms, gyms or offices or as intimate as shared bathrooms and dorm style bedrooms. The range is broad so it’s important to figure out which coliving version is best for you. But it’s not just a type of living arrangement; it’s also a lifestyle with residents choosing coliving for its social aspects. Most residents could just as easily afford independent accommodation, but they choose coliving for it’s social and service aspects. Coliving can offer you a range of benefits, from fun spaces for spending time with others to community events, to housekeeping and maintenance services.

New to town?

Most of the residents at Morton Place are new to Brussels; without friends or a social network, life can be quite lonely outside of work. Coliving means you come home to a friendly face in the common areas, most often someone who just a few months before was new to town, just like you.

Everything provided for

One of the benefits of Coliving is that everything is in place for you when you move in. Everything that you could need is there, including furniture, a fully stocked kitchen and the all important Wifi. There’s no need to furnish anything, although you can personalise your space. All of your amenities and utilities will be included too, so you don’t have to spend time sorting out your electricity provider or getting your WiFi hooked up. It’s all ready for you to move in when you’re ready so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Help with maintenance and cleaning

In coliving arrangements like those found in Morton Place houses, you don’t even need to worry about maintaining your living space. Regular cleaning services help to keep common areas clean, so the most important thing you have to take care of is your own room and en-suite shower. Even light maintenance is taken care of, because lots of things can be expected to happen, from bust light bulbs to small amounts of wear and tear. You get a beautifully designed living space, and it will stay looking smart for however long you decide you want to stay. Things will get fixed during the day while residents are at work. Houses have guest rooms so residents can benefit from having friends and family come and stay.

Best neighborhoods

Morton Place homes are in the more desirable areas of Brussels. Residents staying at Morton Place Chatelain can enjoy the Wednesday night food trucks on the Place du Chatelain, summer evenings on the rooftop of the Jam Hotelor  brunch with our neighbours, Hinterland. At our Louise and Parvis houses, residents enjoy drinks on the terrace at Brasserie Verschueren, Italian food at CiPiaCeor brunch at Le Café Dillens, as well as late-night DJs at Café Maison du Peuple. The small, boutique restaurants and shops are the key to making neighborhoods feel like home, and we have chosen some of the best Brussels has to offer.

Outside sitting area of a café in the Parvis Saint Gilles Neighborhood in Brussels

Be part of a community

As well as providing spaces for socialising, Coliving can help you to become part of a community. Coliving spaces can provide events, social groups, activities and other ways to get involved with a community both within your building and out in the wider community too. Some coliving spaces have community programs on offer, while others can even provide benefits such as childcare. At Morton Place, we recognise that your home is also a refuge, not another office, so we don’t organise events in the house unless it’s a welcome drink. We let our residents organise their lives spontaneously and find the events they organise themselves are the most successful. With the growth of the coliving world, we expect it to increasingly cater to different demographics both in terms of family sizes and ages.

Coliving can be an excellent option for people looking for sociable living with lots of perks. If you want to be part of a community and live somewhere that’s full of life, coliving could work for you. Morton Place offers three beautiful houses in Brussels that provide a welcoming community and well-appointed spaces for both long and short-term rentals.