Top 5 Cafés in Saint Gilles – Updated in 2023!

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