On the Doorstep of Morton Place Chatelain: Our Favorite Neighborhood Spots
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!
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.
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!