When the town hall of Saint-Gilles was built at the beginning of the 20th century, the 'Kuulkappers' (i.e. Cabbage Cutters), that's the nickname of the inhabitants, wanted to surpass the efforts made by the city of Brussels. A mission in which they succeeded. Their building took on enormous dimensions, and was characterised by beautiful ornaments and statues, and a 41 metre high belfry tower. Nowadays, Saint-Gilles is a gem, a very popular commune. A visit to Saint-Gilles is like walking through an open-air art nouveau museum with intimate parks and gardens, working-class neighbourhoods that convey a Mediterranean charm, trendy cafés and eateries, and a multicultural population.
This walk is available at the tourist reception offices of visit.brussels.
(Rue Royale 2-4 or Grand-Place – Town Hall).