Walking tour

Bananas, cocoa and cassava: the African food trade in Brussels (fully booked)

© Alfred de Ville de Goyet

In the early 20th century, African produce was sold in and around Place Sainte-Catherine/Sint-Katelijneplein and Nouveau Marché aux Grains/Nieuwe Graanmarkt, with bananas, cocoa, cassava and coffee imported – then as now – from the Congo and other African countries. From Van Damme bananas and Jacques cocoa to the chocolate brand Congobar (as Côte d’Or was known for a while), embark on a journey to discover how the colonial-era agri-food trade has left its mark on the architecture of the Quartier des Quais/Kaaienwijk and on Belgium’s culinary traditions.

In cooperation with Brussels Chatterguides.

Practical information

Sun. at 13:30 (EN), Sat. at 10:30, 13:30 and 16:00 and Sun. at 10:30 (FR) and Sun. at 16:00 (NL) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes)

Starting point: in front of Sainte-Catherine/Sint-Katelijne Church, Place Sainte-Catherine/Sint-Katelijneplein, Brussels

Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.