This week is all about organic food, since the bio week just started (until 14/06). Brussels has a lot of shops where you can buy organic food, but I have one absolute favorite: les Ateliers des Tanneurs!
It’s a big covered market 10 minutes walking from the Central Station, very close to Recyclart and the Marolles. Since I’m always looking for gluten free products, I often go to organic shops. Sometimes the fruit & vegetables can be quite expensive, so I buy them in a regular supermarket to make sure I don’t spend too much money. The great thing about this market is that it’s rather cheep, especially when you buy basic products like grains, fruit & vegetables.
All sorts of fruit, according the season.
The market is becoming more and more popular, which is a very good thing. If you want the best bread, come early, because it can be crowded. The picture is taken on Saturday an hour before closing time. It’s calmer then, but you don’t have so much choice left. I would recommend coming earlier.
All kinds of vegetables, according the season.
The bread has a really authentic taste and there is a lot of choice. Unfortunately they don’t have gluten free bread. Maybe in the future.
There is a wide choice of all kinds of nuts, grains and dried fruit. You pay a lot less then in any kind of supermarket and on top of that, it’s organic!
High quality olive oil from Greece. You can come fill your bottle when it’s empty.
I especially love going there on Sundays, when the weather is good. Lots of families come here to do their groceries and they often sell pancakes in the entrance gate. I love the atmosphere!
More organic shopping
Another great shop is Färm! There is one at Place Saint-Cathérine (in the city center) and one very close to Merode.
It’s a bit more expensive, but you have a larger choice of gluten free products.
And if you prefer to buy your products directly from the farmer, try a Ruche in your neighborhood. You can select all the products you want on the website, and pick them up on Saturday morning at a meeting point. There you can meet the farmers and see the products they offer. It’s great because it’s local, often organic and very fresh!
See you next time!