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Best Markets in Brussels

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Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, visitors to Anderlecht can find Belgium's biggest markets, situated on the grounds of the Abattoirs D'Anderlecht. Over 100,000 visitors come weekly to peruse the best of local produce, from fresh bread to locally crafted artisan products. A special feature of the market is the Freshmarket, where discerning seafood connoisseurs can find the freshest fish; top chefs from around the city have been known to make their purchases here. The markets are a perfect way to spend a relaxed, but lively weekend morning.

The antique market on Place Du Grand Sablon takes place every Saturday and Sunday under the tower of the Notre Dame du Sablon church. An array of items can be found here - books, watches, glasses, candlesticks, jewelry, paintings, clocks and many more. On the historic square itself you will find a great deal of antique shops as well as cafes and chocolatiers, ideal for souvenir shopping.

The Marché du Midi is a large, attractive market near Gare du Midi (Station Zuid). All nationalities are represented here and they also have products you will not find at an ordinary market. Find baskets full of fresh olives, dried fish, Greek pastries and all kinds of herbs. Even the vegetables look bigger and fresher than they do elsewhere. The stalls are colorful and the local dishes are incredibly tasty. A local's scene of Brussels, the market is usually packed full of shoppers and encouraging vendors.

Fishermen sailed (and later steamed) into the heart of Brussels, selling their fresh fish in this charming square. Many of the fishmongers who peddled here decided to stay, and now this whole neighborhood is teeming with seafood spots. During the day this is a teeming fish market, and it's one of the oldest in the city. You can find luxurious restaurants as well as stalls where you can barter for the freshest catch.

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