Has the weather made you want to eat something fresh and try new recipes? So why not head for a new restaurant or grocery store in Brussels where you can try products and dishes that respect nature bought from local producers.
It's not long until lunch and you are looking for a good restaurant where you can eat something seasonal. Head for Le Relais du Triporteur in Watermael-Boisfort! It's a restaurant and a grocery store. The kitchen serves different dishes every day that use seasonal ingredients. They pay particular attention creating well-balanced meals, with genuine flavours and original dishes. Are you in a hurry? Don't worry, the dishes can be taken away. In the grocery store 90% of the products are certified organic and there are frequent tastings with producers who want to share their passion. If you are in the west of Brussels you could explore Bel Mundo, a sustainable restaurant with a catering service inside Atelier Groot Eiland. The restaurant gets a lot of its ingredients from its 1,500 m² vegetable garden. It also gets ingredients as a result of an agreement with Delhaize supermarkets which share their unsold produce with the Bel Mundo kitchen.
Several supply points in Brussels
And if you prefer to do you cooking yourself, or to get some supplies for next few days, the places and events promoting sustainable eating are multiplying in Brussels. The Ruche qui dit Oui is a good way in to this. The result of a French ideal which wanted to "develop short-circuits that will let people rediscover local tastes, fight against global warming and reconnect consumers and producers", the Ruche qui dit Oui has about 100 shops all over Belgium, of which around 10 are in Brussels. They also organise some market sales. You can also stock up at Park Farm, which every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. offers products purchased direct from small producers via a mutual purchase group (GASAP).
There are also quite a lot of organic shops in the Brussels region - we recently spoke about The Barn, which has just opened at Etterbeek. BelgoMarkt, the 100% Belgian supermarket in Ixells opened 2 years ago, Färm is constantly expanding across Brussels and we are impatiently waiting for the opening of its new shop on the Chaussée d'Ixelles. Sequoïa is also a reference for organic grocery shops in Brussels.