As my local farmer’s market Marta is in hibernation mode til next year, I was eager to visit Les Ecuries Van de Tram in Schaerbeek in Brussels.  This small market is worth a visit just to see the  amazing building that used to house the stables for the horses pulling the trams, but also has an interesting mix of vendors.

We picked up coffee beans from Mok (a Belgian roaster I had never heard of but apparently his coffee is served at the Jane) at Apex coffee and tried some raw milk.  I really wanted a quinoa empanada (but we were on our way to that amazing lunch at ICI…), there are fruit and veg stands, spices, tea and wine as well as a little café at the side where you can sit next to the stove.

 

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Ever since reading about ICI on the Brussels Kitchen and S Marks the Spot blogs, I’ve been curious to go there for lunch.  And yes, of course the food is amazing, the Assiette Mixte a very generous portion of  seasonal vegetables freshly prepared that morning (think tasty roast pumpkin and quinoa salad) and can be ordered vegeterian (with goat’s cheese) or with meat or chicken.  There is also a lunch menu that includes soup, salads and a freshly baked cake. But what is hard to describe is how cosy this place is, the benches full of cushions, the waiters so friendly and helpful. Definitely worth a detour but keep in mind it is best to book as from what we could see, this little place gets busy over the lunch hour.

PS If – like me – you’re too full after lunch to taste their amazing desserts, take a chocolate moelleux to go!

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