Marche de la Batte
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,258 contributions
Jul 2020
Oh, we went there during Corona (July 2020) and it was quite strange. A huge line of people waiting to be let in but it seemed as there was no control, once you get inside the market (I mean, it is open air but there was some kind of metal fence around it) everyone is side by side anyway so I did not really understand. The market was divided into two sides (direction of going) so to go to the other side there was also a huge line. I really did not understand. Lots of food being sold, cheese, italian stuff, spanish stuff. Really cool if you live there but for us as we are travelling it would not be worth it to buy anything perishable.
Written July 9, 2020
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium28,381 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
As we happened to be in Liege on a sunny Sunday, we decided to take a look at the famous “Marché de la Batte, said to be the oldest street market in Belgium. It was quite a walk from the railway station Liège Guillemins but, once we reached the River Meuse via Rue du Paradis, it was always straight ahead along the waterfront. An interesting walk offering nice views on both sides of the Meuse! The market lasts from 8 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. and stretches for kilometres along the West bank of the Meuse (quays Van Hoegaerden, Roosevelt, sur Meuse, de la Ribuée, de la Goffe, de la Batte, de Maestricht and Saint-Léonard and Rue de la Cité). It is clearly not a high-end gourmet market or even a market where local farmers sell high-quality fresh produce. We saw many vendors selling cheap clothes and stalls trading in food (fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, spices, olives …), plants and flowers, kitchen tools, gadgets, music and even small live animals. It just went on and on. On the whole, the offer seemed very similar to that of the well-known “Marché du Midi” in Brussels. But La Batte has a much nicer setting! Towards the end of the market there were some appealing Italian specialty shops. People shopping for food probably start at this end of the market. The streets are closed to traffic during the market but bus 1 will bring you very close.

Although the whole area was very crowded, we found the atmosphere on the Meuse banks to be pleasant and almost festive. Apart from local customers, the market also attracts a lot of Dutch and German tourists or bargain-hunters from across the borders, only a few miles away. On a sunny day, visiting La Batte really feels like being on holiday.
Written July 27, 2016
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Julian C
Koh Chang, Thailand291 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
All the tourist literature tells us to visit this market if you're there on a Sunday, but to be honest, we were a little disappointed. Maybe because it was raining, so it lacked some of the "vibe" that I'm sure would be there usually.

There were of course some great food stalls and those selling Belgian delicacies. But there were also loads of cheap items that downgraded the experience for us.

It does serve as a focal point though from which to see some of the lovely old buildings of the old town, so all was not wasted, just don't expect too much.
Written June 27, 2013
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Aννα Ξ
Greater London, UK73 contributions
Sep 2018
Every suday an oen market having all kinds of clothes,vegetables and alot of street food for all tastes.
Written September 23, 2018
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dgem2
Rustington, United Kingdom8 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
If by any chance you happen to find yourself in the Belgian city of Liege in the French speaking region of Wallonia on a Sunday morning with nothing much to do and you have no problem with an early start there is an easy answer to your boredom. You must visit the exciting La Batte Sunday morning market on the banks of the mighty River Meuse. Liege is an ancient city which up to fairly recently was an industrial and mining area close to the Netherlands and German borders and to the cities of Maastricht and Aachen. It is now undergoing a significant and progressive rebranding from that industrial background to one of tourism and is making good progress. There are still remnants of engineering and coal mining activities in the landscape and I can remember back to the nineteen fifties when at night there were dramatic areas of the 'sky on fire' denoting the industrial and mining locations which could be seen for many miles around. These included the adjoining Limburg mining area in the Netherlands and the similar area to the north of Aachen in Germany. These scenes no longer exist and the current architectural highlight of the rebranding is the graceful railway station of Gare Luik Guillemins the main station of Liege the third city of Belgium designed by Santiago Calatrava. The market which you are to visit is the oldest and largest in Belgium along the left bank of La Meuse and is open from 8 am to 2 pm but you must arrive as early as possible even on a Sunday morning because the crowds increase as the hours progress and the most popular items quickly sell out. It stretches for a mile and more along the river bank from Quai Van-Hoegaerden via Quai Roosevelt - Quai Sur Meuse - Quai de la Ribuee - Quai de la Goffe - Quai de la Batte - Quai de Maestricht - to Quai Saint-Leonard and includes some adjoining shops and side streets. It offers numerous items - clothes crockery books antiques - fruit vegetables fish and meat - pastries cheese salami pasta waffles (inevitably) - live small animals chicken ducks birds snakes. Many varieties of food are available for consumption from local pastries waffles and chocolate to eastern delicacies. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants open close by for the gathering crowds. If you arrive early enough you can park close by in the direction of the city centre or over the bridges in Outremeuse an area well described by Georges Simenon to remember his origins in Liege. There is so much to see and do and so many people of all nationalities to meet plus so many metres to walk that by midday you may well be weary. However after a rest with good food and Belgian beer and as a finale to the day you should climb the nearby 374 steps of the Montagne de Bueren up to the Monument du '14e de Ligne 'and then on to the Citadel. On the night of the first Saturday in October these steps are romantically floodlit - the Nocturne des Coteaux - Night of the Citadel Slopes. Once there from the lofty Citadel you can look down upon the 'Shining City of the Meuse'.
Written July 18, 2016
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,789 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
The Sunday market used to be very attractive, a flea and antique market with live musinc in the bars around.
Nowadays it's just a maket, where you can buy lots of (cheaper) clothes, vegetables, fruit, fish, meat etc.
The market is along the river Maas, starts from the Pont des Arches and runs up all the Quai Saint-Léonard.
The nicest part of the market is near the Pont des Arches.
Beyond the Pont Maghin, the market gets rather uninteresting.
One further advise, if you visit the market, look well after your belongings and be aware of pickpockets.
Written November 7, 2017
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Meghan M
209 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
We came to the market to show our family who were here visiting. Love walking around this market, especially on a nice sunny day. Cheap clothes (bought two beautiful dresses for 5€ each). The fruits and veggies are also great prices.
It's beautiful right along the water.
Very nice area to go to get out of the house and walk around.
Recommend to bring a buggy or bag if you want to buy something and it can be a long walk back to your car carrying something heavy.
Written July 29, 2016
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Yannis P
Athens213 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
Visiting the La Batte open market Me and my wife were disappointed because it finally was not what we expected. We were told that it is a traditional market with local merchants selling almost everything from pets and horses to local products. Nevertheless what we really saw was a common (albeit huge...) open market with many foreigners selling clothes from Asia and only a few local products such as cheese and cooked meat.
Written August 20, 2014
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Catherine B
Salzburg, Austria30 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
According to our map it is the largest market in Europe at 3.5 kilometers. It is well worth a visit when you can find anything and everything. You just have to bare in mind it is super busy and can be very difficult walking around. The market is every Sunday.
Written June 20, 2014
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,983 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a very large and active market with much going on. It's not nearly as amazing as the flea markets in Paris or the Salamanca in Hobart but still, a nice way to spend part of a beautiful summer day in Liege partly due to its lovely location along the river. There is a nice selection of food, excellent produce at reasonable prices and, of course, many stalls selling underpriced clothing items, sunglasses etc. I was a bit disappointed that there were no stalls for "Flea market items or antiques" but still had a good time.
Written June 24, 2019
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