You know how sometimes you love a place so much that you find it difficult to leave (or put down your camera if you’re like me!)? Cafe Flora in Saint-Gilles is exactly that spot for me and I’ve been so excited to share it with you!
If you pass by the Parvis de Saint-Gilles, you can’t really miss it. Just make sure to look for the terrace with the bright yellow chairs – one of the best spots to soak up the sun in Brussels. The tangy colours are a hint of what is waiting for you once you step in: eclectic decor by Lionel Jadot, loads of light coming in from the windows, a laid back vibe and spacious seating. There are so many details that stand out, from the graphic frescoes on the ceilings and the mismatched chairs to the antique moldings, velvet touches and funky columns. An ode to design with different styles coming together in the best way.
The Aegidium, the building housing the original Cafe Flora, was abandoned since the late ’80s. Known as the Diamant Place, it’s a stunning space, where Art Nouveau and Art Deco blend seamlessly, that was converted into a cinema in 1933. Through time, it changed names and functions, only to close its doors and remain closed to the public until nowadays. The revamped Cafe Flora serves coffee (not the best I’ve had in Brussels though), cocktails, beers and snacks in case you’re hungry.
A great spot in Saint-Gilles whether you’re looking for a place to catch up with a friend in the day, have drinks with friends in the evening, people watch at the terrace on warm days or take some great pictures for your Instagram. And if you do, send me a picture on Instagram with the #seemybrussels hashtag and let me know what you think!
|Address: Parvis de Saint-Gilles 16, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Belgium
|Telephone: +32 2 5149469