This autumn a new food market will open its doors in Brussels at the Gare Maritime, the bustling commercial heart of Tour & Taxis. It’s planned to be the largest one in Europe and will excel in qualitative details. Brewery AB InBev and project developer Extensa conceptualized the project as an innovative culinary meeting place where everyone with a heart for good and healthy food can come and taste the wealth of Belgian gastronomy.
Sustainability and positive impact are paramount. The project will offer space for 10 restaurants, cozy covered terraces and trendy food shops. The Victoria Flagship Bar will provide the necessary beverages.
The Gare Maritime Food Market is the result of a partnership between real estate player Extensa, which is transforming Tour & Taxis into a progressive urban district, and AB Inbev, internationally renowned for its wide range of top beers such as Stella Artois, Jupiler and Victoria. The two parties find common ground in their progressive vision of sustainability and their passion for Belgian gastronomy.
We embrace contemporary challenges and obstacles. And we expect the same from our allies. Together we are connected by the passion to pioneer, accelerate and activate. Not to let things run as they always do. But to encourage initiatives that have an impact.Kris Verhellen, CEO of Extensa
Extensa was previously responsible for the award-winning renovation of Gare Maritime. Once the largest goods station in Europe, today it is the epitome of circular architecture. This vibrant covered city aims to be a home for young and established brands and companies. It is now joined by talented chefs. The innovative Food Market will be operated by AB InBev, a first in the brewery’s rich history.
1. Experience Belgian gastronomy
The Food Market at Gare Maritime aims to give guests a taste of all the flavors that Belgian cuisine has to offer. The project offers space for 10 different concepts that together provide a culinary view of the diverse food scene in our country. AB InBev attracts both young talents and renowned chefs. The focus is always on the product: local, seasonal and always of top quality. Chef Bart De Pooter will be running the “Steak and burgers” concept.
I’m delighted to take on this challenge. Chefs among themselves, in a unique location with enthusiastic people, this will be a nice experience for every foodie.Chef Bart De Pooter
2. Central Victoria Bar
In the middle of the Food Market will be a large bar with the central beer brand Victoria. With its “Dare to be good”, referring to its 100% natural ingredients, it fits perfectly into the Food Market. The slogan also honors the victory of the archangel Saint Michael, who defended Brussels against evil as a patron saint in 1695.
3. Food with a positive impact
There will also be collaborations with food start-ups and farms in the area.” With sustainable and healthy offerings, the Gare Maritime Food Market aims to inspire its visitors to consume differently. In addition to locally produced seasonal products, Zero Waste will also be a focal point. These efforts will be regularly highlighted during the gastronomic events that will take visitors on an innovative culinary journey of discovery.
We pay attention to our social impact and want to connect with Belgians, Brussels residents and the area around Tour & Taxis. The Victoria Bar and the restaurants will do their shopping mainly locally.Pieter Anciaux, Director of Hospitality at AB InBev Belgium
4. A place to come together
Tasting what the Gare Maritime Food Market has to offer is not something you do alone. Now that the post-Covid era has arrived, people can finally meet each other again. Everyone will be able to enjoy in accordance with the applicable health measures. From delicious, high-quality and sustainable food in an innovative architectural setting.