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Southern Brussels

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This guide is about the Southern part of Brussels, not the airport in Charleroi which is sometimes misleadingly called "Brussels Sotuh"

The South district in the Belgian capital of Brussels comprises the municipalities of Saint-Gilles / Sint-Gillis, Forest / Vorst and Uccle / Ukkel.

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Map of Brussels/South



Forest (pronounced with a silent "st") is the French name of one of the municipalities surrounding Brussels (the Flemish name is Vorst), known for its historically important abbey, a collection of art deco buildings and a major concert hall. Green and tranquil as the name might suggest, Forest is nevertheless also home to a large portion of Brussels' industrial facilities, including a car factory and the depot used by Eurostar trains.

  • 1 Abbaye de Forest, Place Saint-Denis—Sint-Denijsplein. The benedictine abbey was built as a priory to women in the 12th century and expanded many times in the following century as it gained importance. The downfall came in the 18th century, when a fire ravaged the convent and later the aftermath of the French Revolution led to its suppression. The remaining building complex has been restored in the 1960s and serves now a community centre.
  • Town Hall of Forest. A major art deco monument.
  • 2 Church of Saint Augustine, Place de l'Altitude Cent—Hoogte Honderdplein. A white art deco church in the middle of a roundabout.
  • 3 Audi factory, Boulevard de la Deuxième Armée Britannique—Tweedelegerlaan. The former Volkswagen Vorst factory is, as of 2015, the sole production site for the Audi A1. It offers 2-hour guided factory tours in Dutch, English, French and German at different times of the day. Reservations are required in advance via an online applications and availability is limited.
  • 4 Wiels, Avenue Van Volxem—Van Volxemlaan 354, +32 2 340 00 53. Tu-Su 11:00—18:00. Closed on Mondays. Art exhibition center located in a former brewery. On the ground floor the industrial heritage remained well kept. There also is a view platform on the roof. €12 for a normal ticket, €10 for 60+ and €5 for students.



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  • 1 La Friterie de la Barrière, Rue du Parc-Parkstraat (just off the Barrière de St-Gilles/Bareel van Sint-Gillis). Golden and crispy frites just the way they should be. This exterior of this fritkot also serves as mini-museum with several tracts, articles and other literature on the fronts and sides of the shack on the good ol' Belgian frite.



  • 1 Brasserie De l'Union, Parvis De Saint-Gilles—Sint-Gillisvoorplein 55. This is a place with a true "atmosphere", wooden chairs and tables, big old wooden bar, a crowd that reflects the diversity of Saint-Gilles. Everybody is welcome and come as you are. This is a bar that just oozes human warmth and a comfortable ambiance. When the sunny days are coming, the terrace is one of the best in Saint-Gilles.
  • 2 Chez Moeder Lambic, Rue Savoiestraat—Savoiestraat 68 (behind Saint Gilles-Sint-Gillis city hall), +32 2 503 60 68. Su-Th 11:00—01:00, F Sa 11:00-02:00. Has a huge list of different beers, with several hundred obscure beers not likely found anywhere else. This cafe is one of the last remaining old-fashioned brown cafes in Brussels. Beer: 25cl: €4.
  • 3 Brasserie Le Verschueren, Parvis de St-Gilles—Sint-Gillisvoorplein 11-13, +32 2 539-40-68. Something of an institution in hip Saint-Gilles. Under the watchful eye of the portly, bearded deep-voiced owner, hipsters, starving artists and local poodle-brandishing ladies mingle and drink endless beers and coffees. A beautiful woodwork football tableau shows the scores of some long lost second and third division teams from yesteryear.



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