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Gare Maritime is a great food market for families to enjoy on the weekend. Here are photos and lots of practical tips to plan your visit

Gare Maritime: a historic building

Gare Maritime used to be Europe’s largest railway station for goods at Tour et Taxis. The building has been transformed with 12 wooden pavilions into ‘a city where it never rains’. with a food market. There is a lot of space for kids to run and play – and every Saturday and Sunday there is a jumping castle too!

You can wonder around boulevards and streets, parks and squares

You can read more on the 20th century building and its transformation by Neutelings Riedijk Architects here

Food market

The food market is covered, so this is a great option even when the weather is not helping

There are 10 different street market food options, so everyone should be able to find something they like

There is also a pretty cool bar. As you can see, this is primarily a place for adults to enjoy but…

Family friendly

Every Saturday and Sunday there is a family twist: a jumping castle set for kids (maybe adults too!)

There are also a few other toys as well to enjoy at Gare Maritime with your family

Practical stuff

*There are several events organized. You can find details here
*Wheelchair friendly, stroller friendly
*Parking: the easiest option is the private underground parking at Tour et Taxis
Parking Esplanade – Tour & Taxis
Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Bruxelles
https://goo.gl/maps/8ZvT8Z2tbiuMWW7c9

How to get there

Important: The 10-minute walk from the metro station might not be safe. For anyone interested in reaching this safely by public transport:
*Bus 86, you can take it from Comte de Flandre metro station, stop at Havenlaan and then you walk 250 meters to Gare Maritime
*Bus 20, you can take it from Gare du Nord, stop at Havenlaan and then again you get to walk 250 meters from Havenlaan to Gare Maritime

Address

About 15 minutes drive from Schuman, Brussels (or half an hour by public transport)

Gare Maritime
https://www.garemaritime-foodmarket.be/
Rue Picard 7, 1000 Bruxelles
https://goo.gl/maps/kDxpQ8gvaQ7wcSRz5

Parking: see here for details on more parking places. The easiest option is the private underground parking at Tour et Taxis
Parking Esplanade – Tour & Taxis
Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Bruxelles
https://goo.gl/maps/8ZvT8Z2tbiuMWW7c9

Map

If you are looking for more kids friendly cafés/restaurants, this and many many more kids friendly cafés/restaurants are gathered under a separate layer on the map! They are also categorized by color: blue is for indoor playgrounds, red is for outdoor ones. There are indoor and outdoor activities, hotels and more, all gathered under separate layers

Nearby

Illusion Brussels

Illusion Brussels is a fun and interactive museum right next to Grand Place – about 10 minutes away from Gare Maritime by car or 25 minutes by public transport

Pixel Museum

Pixel Museum is at Tour et Taxis site, just 2 minutes walk from Gare Maritime

Pixel Museum

The Pixel Museum in Brussels just opened in a new building! This is great fun for young and old, especially if they are into gaming. Brings back a lot of childhood memories, if you were playing videogames as a kid!

Ferme Maximilien

Ferme Maximilien, a little farm in the center of Brussels that is perfect for younger kids; there are donkeys, ponies, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits… Even lamas!

Ferme Maximilien

A little farm in the center of Brussels that is perfect for younger kids; there are donkeys, ponies, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits… Even lamas!

Arkose

Arkose offers primarily indoor wall climbing facilities for children and adults. There is also a restaurant and a store. There is also a sauna, a small rooftop and a studio with yoga and pilates classes

Arkose Canal

Arkose offers primarily indoor wall climbing facilities for children and adults. There is also a restaurant and a store. There is also a sauna, a small rooftop and a studio with yoga and pilates classes

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Thanks for beeing a real “childhood memories” builder!

Cristina O.

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