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Visiting outdoor food markets is one of my favourite things to do whether I’m home or travelling abroad. I just love the whole process of picking up local produce and fresh flowers, chatting with the sellers and – why not? – having a quick bite on the way too. When in Brussels I usually go to the Chatelain market or the Marche de Tanneurs, which happens to be one of the best bio markets in town, but not so long ago I started to frequent more often the Gourmet Market in the Sablon.

This market is not a new one by any means. It opened back in late 2013 and is open every Thursday from 15:00 – 21:00. The location is beautiful, right by the imposing church, not too far from the Petit Sablon garden and surrounded by the chic cafes and prestigious chocolate boutiques. It’s not too big or too crowded but this is part of its charm. There are around 20 stalls or so with lovely food sold by very friendly vendors who will help you choose and deliver your order with a smile.

Charcuterie, French artisanal cheese and bread, bio meat, fresh pasta, seafood, honey and raki from Greece, Portuguese sandwiches, homemade cookies – it’s all there for you to choose and if you’re lucky enough you may also enjoy live music as there are several events happening every once in a while. A nice spot to have after-work drinks and snacks with friends in one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Brussels. Check it out and don’t forget to send me a picture on Instagram with the #seemybrussels hashtag!

Address: Parvis de l’Eglise du Sablon, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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