If you live in Brussels one of the first things you hear about, and then visit, is the Sunday Midi market.
Located around the Gare du Midi, it is a mix of people, products and music. When it doesn’t rain it seems as if all of Brussels – expats and locals – are at the market, haggling, eating and buying fresh products.
I think visiting the Marché du Midi is already an experience in itself. If you decide however to buy food as well, everything and anything can happen.
When home, I try to go there as often as I can. And I did end up on the odd occasion with a box full of avocadoes (what can you possibly do with 18 avocadoes?), over 2kg of cherry tomatoes, and very odd looking fish. But the fact that quality comes once a week at a very low price does give you every incentive to try out new recipes. Last cooked after the Sunday market, a lemon sole with fresh green beans and roasted potatoes.
Best buys at the Marché du Midi, besides the obvious, are olives (there is an incredible choice, with the spicy and the anchovies green olives my top favorites), meat and fish, and fresh, potted herbs.