There is a huge variety of vegan products that you can buy in Brussels both in specialized vegan stores and in supermarkets. If the fact that it’s more befitting to buy such products only in specialized vegan stores doesn’t really matter for you, you might find that local supermarkets have something to offer too. But my advice is that you check the list of ingredients carefully first as local markest sell quite a lot of tertiary processed products with the inscription «vegetarian». Usually such products do contain eggs or milk. You can also buy different varieties of non-diary vegetable milk (not just Alpro. etc) produced by local companies that without a doubt withstand competition to well-known companies. In general, you won’t leave any Belgian supermarket hungry. As Belgium is a bilingual country the list of ingredients would be both in French and Dutch. Most of the products have ingredients translated, but if not, I’ll give you a little hint:
In French: milk – lait, milk powder – lait en poudre, egg – ouef, yolk – vitellus, white of the egg – blanc, meat – viande, chicken – poule, fish – poisson, honey – miel, gelatin – gélatine.
In Dutch: milk – melk, milk powder – melkpoeder, egg- ei, yolk – dooier, white of the egg – eiwit, meat – vlees, chicken – hoen, fish – vis, honey – honing, gelatin – gelatine.
Such of a short list of basic ingredients would be enough. If you’re allergic to anything allergenic food is always underlined or written in bold type, so no problem will arise.
There is a good few of Brussels vegan stores. One of them is «VEGASME» located at the Chaussée de Waterloo 367 street. Working days and hours are as follows: Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 to 20.00, Saturday from 10.00 to 19.00, Sunday from 12.00 to 17.00.
The shop has a huge assortment ranging from spices to vegan delicacies. There’s a great deal of choice of vegan cheese, sausages, ice cream, tea, a variety of pastas, vegetables, milk, etc. Prices are average, but if you buy food to cook at home it turns out not to be too expensive.
They also have cheese in another fridge (of which I unfortunately did not take pictures).
Assortment of goods is so rich that’s completely up to you to choose and buy what you want.
Below I’m gonna introduce the products that I bought in stores and what I made of them.
I bought biscuits and pasta in a «Delhaize» supermarket a long time ago. Since then I fell in love with those products, so I’m absolutely sure that they are 100% vegan. Cutlets bought in the same supermarket have VEGAN icon on the pack, therefore, you there’s no need to expend some effort in the identification of any prohibited ingredients. The rest of the products is from the «Vegasme» store. Here’s what I made with the use of the abovementioneds stuff:
- Rice and cutlets with spinach;
- I used cheese and salami for the purpose specified – I made a vegan sandwich;
- I simply drank milk, but you can eat it with cereals; tortellini can be boiled;
- For breakfast you can cook oat porridge;
- And for lunch I cooked couscous with soy meat (couscous is a type of porridge that’s rather cheap, affordable and easy to find, I had soy meat with me) that I took with me for my promenade.