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Brussels: A Tour of Marolles and Sablon

This charming area has it all, vibrant markets, fascinating historic sites, a city square with a view-and chocolate too
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Marolles and Sablon are actually two fantastic areas in their own right, as the residents would be sure to tell you! However, as they ... more »

Tips:  While Brussels is generally an extremely safe city, Marolles can be a bit rough at night and caution should be exercised when visiting... more »

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Points of Interest

The market is just a 15 minute walk southwest of Brussels' Grand Place. Or use the public transportation Journey Planner to plot your own specific route from any destination.

Among locals and tourists alike, this flea market is a popular destination to shop for a great deal on just about anything. Whether you're looking for antiques, art,... More

Head northeast on Rue Blaes/Blaesstraat. Turn right onto Rue Saint-Ghislain/Sint-Gisleinsstraat and walk for about 100 meters. Turn left onto Rue Haute/Hoogstraat and right on Rue de l'Epée/Zwaardstraat. At the end of the road there is a wonderful (if seemingly out of place) glass elevator (Ascenseur des Marolles) that will take you up to... More

Head northeast along Rue de la Régence/Regentschapsstraat for 350 meters. Church will be on your left.

This lovely, late-Gothic Catholic church was built over a period during the 15th to 16th century. After a long period of decay followed by a decade of renovations (which were begun in 1999), the church has been painstaking restored to its... More

Sablon Square is a few seconds north of the church ( Rue Bodenbroek becomes Place de Grand Sablon).

Place de Grand Sablon, ringed by grand boulevards, lovely-to-look-at mansions, and exclusive shops, cafes and antique stores, has a palpably different vibe and character than Marolles--but it's as equally an interesting (if more expensive) area to... More