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Brussels’ open-air markets are not only a place to stock up on fresh produce but also to relax, socialise and have fun. The Parvis de Saint-Gilles market is amongst the locals’ favourites and no wonder why: the food is plentiful, the architecture beautiful and the atmosphere is always lively. Yet another reason to love Brussels

Besides being one of the most popular markets to hang out, it’s one of the oldest too dating back to 1865. Incredible, right? The Parvis was remodelled some time ago, cars were banned and nowadays its cobblestone streets are home to stunning architectural monuments as well as numerous bars, restaurants and food trucks for a sweet or savoury pick-me-up (and even some live music if you’re lucky!!). There are many options and none of them disappoints! Drinks at Cafe Flora or Cipiace, delicious Middle-Eastern food at Chana, the best tacos in town from El Taco Mobil, my favourite piadini from Il Sapore della Dolce Vita and last but not least, artisanal ice cream from Nanouk

The market is open on a daily basis except for Mondays and gets busier in the afternoon. You can combine your visit with a short walk at the nearby Pierre Paulus park or the Porte de Hal.

Address: Parvis de Saint-Gilles, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Belgium

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