In the 19th century Cureghem, a rural annex of the centre of Anderlecht, became the centre of the meat processing industry, the textile sector and car assembly. People from all over the world came here to try their luck over the decades. If you walk through the district today, you'll immediately notice its multiculturality. Lebanese restaurants and garages, Moroccan and Turkish teahouses, Nigerian or Cameroonian fixers who are eager to buy and export your car to West Africa, Polish and Romanian delicatessens, Italian pizzerias and Greek grocery stores: you'll find it all. The Abattoir aims to become the 'belly of Brussels': numerous initiatives relating to food production and distribution are taking place in and around this covered market.
This walk is available at the tourist reception offices of visit.brussels.
(Rue Royale 2-4 or Grand-Place – Town Hall).