Markets in Brussels abound with just about every kind of shopping experience you can imagine, from quaint farmers' markets to vast antiques and flea markets with tons of secondhand treasures. You can find fresh produce, prepared foods, clothing, furnishings, household goods, old books and vinyl records. If you're looking for the ideal souvenir, many of these markets can be the spot to find handmade artworks by master local craftspeople.

    Whether you're trying to fulfil your shopping bug or want to take in some local colour, these markets are the heart and soul of Brussels. Check out some of the best markets in Brussels to go shopping like a local.


    Marché du Midi

    Visit one of Europe's biggest markets

    Marché du Midi is a sprawling market that is among the largest in Europe and offers a look into the local food scene and tons of local handicrafts. The food vendors are unbelievable, featuring fresh and prepared meals representing food from Morocco to the Mediterranean to local Belgian delicacies and beyond. Whether you want crepes and tea or speciality cheeses and exotic spices, it's all here. The market is also known far and wide for its selection of handmade clothing and leatherworks.

    The scene here is lively and vibrant, and it's as popular among locals as visitors. It's next door to the train station in the city centre.

    Location: Avenue Fonsny, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

    Open: Sunday from 6 am to 2 pm (closed Monday–Saturday)


    Place du Jeu de Balle

    Explore a bargain hunter's dream market

    Place du Jeu de Balle in Marolles is a vibrant flea market and a bargain hunter's dream where you can find hidden gems from antiques and collectables to secondhand goods. The market opens at 6 am, so rise with the sun to catch all the best deals before they're gone. You can find everything from old wall art to collectable Belgian beer steins. If you're looking for that 1st-edition book, musical instrument or vintage vinyl record, you might just come across that as well.

    This vibrant market is not only a popular visitors' destination, but it's also a great spot to soak up some of the area's culture. It's just 8 minutes south of the city centre.


    Foodmet (Marché des Abattoirs)

    Shop a Belgian meat market

    Foodmet (Marché des Abattoirs) is open from early morning to early afternoon every weekend and is among the newest, trendiest food markets in Brussels. The fresh produce, meats, cheeses, fish and other products are outstanding. You'll find a wide range of ingredients to take with you so you can self-cater your own meals while on holiday, but you can also explore many vendors selling souvenirs, arts and crafts and bric-a-brac. It's worth noting that the market is called the 'Market of Abattoirs' for a good reason, as meats are on full display here.

    This market is nothing short of a delight, especially for carnivores. It's located 15 minutes west of the city centre.

    Location: Rue Ropsy Chaudron 24, 1070 Anderlecht, Belgium

    Open: Friday–Sunday from 7 am to 2.30 pm (closed Monday–Thursday)

    Phone: +32 2 521 54 19


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    Mabru Marché Matinal

    Head for a century-old historic morning market

    Mabru Marché Matinal, or the Early Morning Market, is a deeply historic wholesale market with over 100 vendors offering various products from food to consumer goods. Here you can find meats from beef, pork, poultry, fish and shellfish to game meats and fowl. You can find cheese and other dairy products, eggs, fruits and vegetables. Some vendors sell local vintages of wines and spirits, while others sell flowers and plants.

    This vibrant market has served the people of Brussels for over a century and has occupied its current location 15 minutes north of the city centre since 1973. It continues to grow.

    Location: Quai des Usines 22, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Open: Hours may vary

    Phone: +32 2 215 51 69


    Marché Flagey

    Enjoy a marketplace cafe or attend an oyster tasting

    Marché Flagey is a flea market just 11 minutes south of the Brussels city centre, offering fresh produce and meats plus arts, crafts and secondhand goods. This market is famed for the many cafes that line the edges of the market, where people gather to meet friends, enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the people walk past. Every Sunday, the market hosts a popular oyster tasting. On other days, you can shop for fruits, vegetables, flowers and even handmade or secondhand clothes and knickknacks.

    This is a fun, vibrant local market that is a trendy hotspot for locals, though the people are friendly and welcoming to visitors as well.

    Location: Pl. Eugène Flagey 18A, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 7.30 am to 2 pm (closed Monday–Friday)

    Phone: +32 476 06 89 05


    Marché de Stockel (Stokkelse Markt)

    Visit one of the city's most celebrated family markets

    Marché de Stockel (Stokkelse Markt) is held 3 times a week and is one of the city's most celebrated family markets focused on food and produce. You can quickly fill your shopping trolley with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, meats, cheeses and other high-quality products. You can also grab a wide selection of plants and flowers, both of the houseplant variety and to plant in your garden.

    Even better, this is where many locals come for their weekly shopping, so it's a good place to enjoy some local colour. It's also only about a 20-minute drive east of the city centre.

    Location: Pl. Dumon, 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium

    Open: Tuesday and Friday–Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm (closed Monday and Wednesday–Thursday)

    Phone: +32 2 772 72 45


    Marché du Parvis Saint-Gilles

    Explore a quaint market with a village vibe

    Marché du Parvis Saint-Gilles is open 6 days a week and offers a wide range of food products and local arts and crafts with a village atmosphere. Here you can find fruits and vegetables, salted meats, cheeses, spices, baked goods, candies and fresh, prepared foods primarily from Belgium but also brought in from Italy. You can also find gifts, souvenirs and a wide range of bric-a-brac and knickknacks.

    The atmosphere is like a village inside the city, and you can even head to traditional bistros and brasseries for lunches and local craft beers, including delicious Belgian ales. The market is a mere 10 minutes south-west of the city centre.

    Location: Parv. de Saint-Gilles, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Belgium

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 7.30 am to 2 pm (closed Monday–Friday)


    Marché de la Place du Châtelain

    Catch up with the young professional crowd

    Marché de la Place du Châtelain is as much an outdoor party as it is a traditional market, with street food, beer vendors and tons of arts and crafts. This market is a spot where locals come after work for an excellent beer with good friends. It's a vibrant market filled with young local professionals and Eurocrats.

    That makes this a solid place to learn about the local culture and have a great time while drinking a local brew and shopping for that perfect gift or souvenir handmade by a local artisan. It's also just an 11-minute drive south of the Brussels city centre.

    Location: 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

    Open: Wednesday from noon to 7 pm (closed Thursday–Tuesday)


    Marché Bio des Tanneurs

    Shop an organic market in a historic building

    Marché Bio des Tanneurs is an organic market offering raw food and prepared foods from local delicacies to full meals in a vibrant, traditional atmosphere. You can find fruits, vegetables, oils, grains, nuts, herbs and spices. You can also purchase local wines and craft beers. Some vendors also offer full meals from burgers to pates or other foods so you can grab a whole meal after shopping all the stands filled with delicious-looking ingredients. You may find you even want to ask for some recipes to take home.

    This market is located in a historic warehouse, so it has the feel of ages with it. It's only 8 minutes south-west of the city centre.

    Location: Rue des Tanneurs 58, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +32 2 548 70 36


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    Marché des Antiquaires du Sablon

    Find a precious antique to complete your collection

    Marché des Antiquaires du Sablon, or the Sablon Antiques Market, is among the oldest markets in Brussels and offers tons of antiques and collectables. Since the 1960s, this market has served the people of Brussels, offering up everything from jewellery to silverware, artwork to glassware, ceramics, tableware, wall art, drawings, photographs, porcelain from China, furniture and other old items found all over the world. Not only are the vendors willing to haggle, but they're also eager to tell stories about their treasures.

    This vibrant market is full of charm and is the spot to find that hidden treasure or add a touch of uniqueness to your home. It's only 10 minutes to the south of the city centre of Brussels.

    Location: Pl. du Grand Sablon, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm (closed Monday–Friday)

    Phone: +32 475 44 36 19


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