After Spain and many Latin American countries (even Rotterdam has the Markthallen, check the Markthal article), Belgium also got its own ‘Mercado’ food market in 2016. During the summer of 2017 they held a ‘summer break’ but now they are back! Jump in during the winter cold, for a hot chocolate, warm wine and delicious food.
Mercado is situated in the city center, at the Groenplaats square, close to the Cathedral. It is located in the old Post office. For a couple of years, the city of Antwerp invested in preventing house-vacancy. This effort gives new ideas, services, products, events, etc. the opportunity to find their place in a special building.
This market doesn’t only have a functional purpose like buying food. No, come here, taste the creations of the shop owners, get inspired to buy and try new ingredients, taste some fresh fish, get lost in all the smells and spices that surround you.
At some small corners, you will find pop-up stores with non-food goods.
Check the Facebook page for the upcoming events, as art exhibitions, music, bands, DJs…, almost daily event + every Thursday After work! Join the local community as a tourist, why not!
Be fast, Mercado will close at the end of April 2018.