One thing I enjoy about Brussels is its many markets. It would almost be possible to go visit one every day. They all have different vibes and crowds, but my current favorite one is the Marché des Chasseurs Ardennais, for 2 reasons: first because it is held on Fridays, which is a great day to celebrate the beginning of the weekend, and second because it’s not too crowded, not to hip, and it hosts local Schaerbeekois (like myself) and quality food stands.
You can go there to shop for your weekend roasted chicken, flowers, fruits and vegetables, excellent cheeses, and Italian products (theres even at a Canadian treats stand!) but there are also numerous foods stand recommendable for a snack.
I usually go there to hang out at “Les Alsaciens”, a welcoming bar stall in of the market’s corner, where I forget about the past week with a glass of crémant d’Alsace and a small cheese/meat plate when the weather is nice, or with a comforting hot wine during the colder months. They even made delicious Fammekueches (Alsatian kind-of pizza) during the winter, which you can cozily eat under the heated awning. If you are a big fan of hot wine like me, it’s nice to be able to drink hot wine before and after the Christmas markets, and in a less commercial atmosphere. Because that’s why I hang out at the Marché des Chasseurs Ardennais – for its atmosphere. Just a typical end of the week with my friendly neighbors.