This morning I went to the Foodmet in Anderlecht, also known as the Abattoir. I went there before, more than 10 years ago, when it wasn’t called Foodmet yet. Back than, I remember being amazed by the big amount of foreign products and the multicultural crowd. Living in Brussels for several years now, I’m used to this multicultural side of the city, and yet this morning I was still amazed!
The Abattoir used to be a group of slaughterhouses and a market where restaurant owners bought their meat in big quantities. Because the hygiene laws became more and more severe, the slaughterhouses weren’t profitable any more and it became a market, specialised in vegetables, fruit, fish and especially meat. The Abattoir was well known in the Maghreb community and later also in the Sub-Saharan community. Today it’s the main intersection of all the different communities in Brussels and even in Belgium. In 2015 they changed the concept a bit and opened a new food hall, called the Foodmet. In the old Abattoir they sell clothes and all kinds of stuff that you would also find in other markets, like the one at Brussel-Zuid/Gare du Midi.
Palm oil, spicy little peppers and okra.
More peppers. I never saw these ones before. You?
And the little yellow ones, also really spicy.
There are only a few fish stands, the market is still specialised in meat because of its history.
Prawns and squid.
It’s possible to let them fillet your fish so you don’t have to do it yourself.
This is the old Abattoir where they sell clothes and household products.
What I liked:
- If you want to cook an international dish, you will find rare ingredients here!
- Prices are rather low because of the big quantities.
- There is a multicultural vibe that is very interesting.
- It’s a nice activity for a sunday morning.
What I didn’t like:
- It’s crowded so the atmosphere can be a little bit tense.
- If you walk a bit more on the outside of the market, you will notice that not everything they sell is completely legal.
- Although you can buy all kinds of food from every continent, there aren’t many typical belgian products, like dairy products, bread or charcuterie.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the plantains I bought 😉 ! I just fried them in peanut oil and added a little bit of salt. Mmm, bon appétit!
The Foodmet is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 07:00 am until 14:00 pm. The best way to get there is by taking the metro to Clemenceau.