The most eclectic – the WOLF
Pioneer in food court in the capital, the WOLF was established at the end of 2019 in the heart of the former Caisse d’Epargne et de Retraite building, a few steps from the Grand-Place. Where the financial wolves were hiding then, today a pack of foodies is rushing. In total, no less than 3000m2 dedicated to cuisine from here and elsewhere: restaurants, bars but also a artisanal chocolate factory and an micro-brewery where organic beers are made. An exceptional place, both on the plate and beyond, since the space has been decorated by the artist Lionel Jadot (to whom we owe the interior of the Cafe Flora) which retyped elements of the original building for an industrial look as possible.
We find in this culinary temple Brussels addresses already well established in their neighborhoods and handpicked: the ultra generous burgers of Super Tram Girlsthe Vietnamese Bò Bún ofHa Noi Stationthe Syrian-Lebanese breads with crispy falafels (our favourites) from My Tannourthe emblematic pizzas of LaPiola… In short, something to make your taste buds travel.
Wolf Sharing Food Market, Rue du Fossé aux Loups 50, 1000 Brussels. Open every day from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The most starred – the Gare Maritime
The latest addition to the friendly and innovative places to live in Brussels, the Ferry Terminal of the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels recently saw its huge enclosure invaded by a upscale food court – one of the biggest in Europe, just that! In this dynamic and varied covered market, ten iconic chefs carry ten concepts of street food with circular and local flavors. Indeed, 70% of the ingredients used in the kitchen come from the short circuit, seasonal and based on an organic and zero waste philosophy, while all the materials used are returnable, compostable or biodegradable. A nice longer lasting that whets the appetite!
Among the big names present, Sang-Hoon Degeimbre (The Air of Time**) and his ‘Broth‘ inspired by childhood memories. Another reunion, those of top chefs Mallory Gabsi and Adrien Cachot with their concept 140! who caused a stir during their time on the iconic show. We also stop at Meat to get a starred burger from the three-starred chef Mauro Colagreco (Le Mirazur***) or at Cerial Killer to taste the traditional pasta – or a little less – of John Bruno (Senzanome*).
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Gare Maritime – Food Market, Rue Picard 7, 1000 Brussels. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The sunniest – the Great Market
Both a supermarket and a food court, the Great Market specialized in Mediterranean flavors. We stroll among the fruits and vegetables lovingly selected by the owner of the House, we walk along the aisles of the delicatessen and we salivate in front of the well-stocked counters of the oriental bakery/pastry shop and the Halal butcher’s shop. At the heart of this 2200m2 space, a food court well laid out behind which two chefs concoct Syrian-Lebanese and Spanish-Moroccan preparationswhile a third twirls real Neapolitan pizzas. We sit down there for a totally exotic lunch.
It’s hard to choose between Lebanese moujadara (rice with lentils and caramelized onions), spinach puff pastries, honey-sesame chicken wings, cauliflower with sesame cream, caramelized onions and pomegranate, kebbe stuffed with meat, hummus and moutabal ( eggplant caviar) ultra creamy… Since it is impossible to taste everything, we take to take away to have a feast at home!
Great Market, Chaussée de Louvain 650, 1030 Brussels. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Wednesday.
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