The Chinatown of Brussels

Brussels is a multicultural city! And we are not just talking about the tourists from all over the world who come here, but especially about its inhabitants. There are for example Turkish, Polish, African districts in town and it’s our goal this year to explore these!

If you are into everything Asian, you simply have to go to Zwarte Lievevrouwstraat 2 – 4, 1000 Brussels.

Here you will find the biggest Asian supermarket of the Belgian capital, Kam Yuen Supermarket. Anything connected to oriental cooking can be found here: noodles, rice, curries, vegetables, drinks, frozen fish, seafood, duck, frog legs and so on. There is a separate department with everything you need to cook and serve an Asian meal.

Just a couple of words of warning. Some of the vegetables are not always fresh and it’s better to check the perishable date. Staff is efficient, but not very friendly. But don’t let this spoil your shopping experience!

In the streets in this neighborhood you will find more Asian supermarkets and stores, and restaurants as well. More about that tomorrow!



  • sharechair January 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I’ll be reading these with extra-interest. I’ll be in Brussels in June. You kindly gave me some personal advice a few months back, and I’ll be soaking this in, as well. 🙂

    • Ingrid D. January 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

      If you more questions, please do ask!

  • transplantedtatar January 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Somehow I didn’t think of that side of Brussels. I look forward to your experiences–the Afghan quarter especially!

    • Ingrid D. January 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

      It’s the side of Brussels you don’t see as a tourist, even though it’s in the center of town!

  • El Guapo January 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Wow, that’s huge!
    I doubt I’d recognize half the products on the shelves.

    • Ingrid D. January 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

      You are not the only one 🙂

  • segmation January 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I never thought there would be a Chinatown in Brussels. Amazing! Thanks for sharing and following my blog!

  • enmanscamera January 5, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    What great shots of a market. Informative as usual – Thanks.

    • Ingrid D. January 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

      You’re welcome too!

  • Cayla / All A Mix January 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    it’s amazing how much brussels and amsterdam look so much alike!

    • Ingrid D. January 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Except that Brussels doesn’t have any canals 🙂

  • SnowfoxBandit January 7, 2013 at 7:42 am

    太好了! 🙂

  • tearoomdelights January 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I love exploring Asian supermarkets, they’re so exotic and mystifying.

    • Ingrid D. January 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Exactly! All these unknown products!

  • TBM January 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Looks like a great find. We miss our Asian market in Boston. I need to find a decent one in London that’s close to where I live. Happy discovering.

    • Ingrid D. January 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I hope you’ll soon find one!

  • kathryningrid January 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Every Chinatown I’ve seen has been a delight. Here you give me yet another I can dream of visiting! Of course, I’ve yet to get to Brussels at *all* yet, so it’s high on the list of places I’d love to see one day. Thanks, as always, for sharing!

    • Ingrid D. January 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

      You’re welcome!

  • Helen Devries January 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Wondeful Brussels…has everything!
    We used to love visiting family there when we lived in France…a taste of civilisation!

    • Ingrid D. January 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm


  • Globe Runner February 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Wow, I was looking for a good Asian market near Leuven but couldnt find one, except for some small stores, I gotta check this out…thanks

    • Ingrid D. February 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      I hope you’ll like it!

  • moderndayruth May 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Ingrid, you are a godsent! I’ll be once again in Brussels in September, i’ve done most of the ‘must see’ during previous couple of stays and – guess what – i am CRAZY about all things Asian!!! Woohoo! Great!

    • Ingrid D. May 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      And there is a lot more to see in this neighborhood! Pictures and stories coming up next week! And I think it’s the first time anyone has called me “godsent’, so thank you!

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