I've a friend traveling with kids, passing through Brussels. He will need to feed a baby and was wondering if there was any facility to warm up his food at Zaventem.

@chx answer is very helpful, but I would also appreciate some first hand experience.

These type of website claims, sometimes, don't translate into usable equipment. And I don't mean it's not true, but simply - there used to be microwaves but got broken, became unusable, stores redesigned etc.

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    I can't imagine that a restaurant or cafe whose capability to heat food breaks down would not get it fixed within hours or days, out of economic self-interest. Do you seriously imagine a major international airport would be filled with restaurants all boarded up with "CLOSED, our microwave is broken" signs? May 14, 2019 at 12:11
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    @Henning Even in airports, which are not generally known for their Michelin-rate cuisine, I would not expect a restaurant’s ability to heat food to rely solely on a microwave. May 14, 2019 at 16:22
  • Yes, people who care about food don't consider microwaves as a primary heating devce. I don't use them for food at all; I use them to disinfect sponges. Least, hotspots are a huge risk when feeding a person of reduced capacity. May 14, 2019 at 18:15
  • @HenningMakholm you're assuming it's the microwave in the kitchen restaurant. I read it as public microwaves in the client service area. It's ambiguous.
    – nsn
    May 15, 2019 at 7:48

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Babies and small children at the airport

Did you bring your own baby food to the airport? You can have it heated in all restaurants at the airport. Our staff are happy to be of assistance. Microwave ovens are available in most of the airport restaurants.

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    I don't remember seeing any such thing in Brussels, but I remember a sign stating "WE HAVE MICROWAVES" at a food court in Seville, Spain — and, indeed, the food court had public-access microwaves. I know that's quite some ways away, but it is the EU. So at least maybe we can agree that it's a possibility?
    – mattdm
    May 14, 2019 at 19:25
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    – Willeke
    May 15, 2019 at 17:19

Not Brussels airport specific - but in general, when travelling or eating out, some places won't heat up baby milk/food in a microwave (the usual excuse is legal liability about "preparing food"). An alternative is to ask for a large cup of boiled water instead, and place the baby food in there to warm up. Every eatery can provide hot water, it's the same as providing a cup of tea.

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