Do you like antiquing and strolling among antiques? Are the markets your favorite playground? The Sablon will quickly become your favorite district.
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The Grand Sablon
Sablon chocolate maker
If you are mapping out your chocolate journey in Brussels, don't forget the stop at Place du Grand Sablon.
Marcolini, Wittamer, Godiva, the most famous chocolate artisans are installed there and will make you taste their pralines, truffles and other delicacies.
The Grand Sablon, which extends to the rue de Rollebeek and the remains of the ramparts, also has many restaurants and a few terraces which are always full in summer.
The Little Sablon
Warm atmosphere at the Sablon
The statues of the Petit Sablon will amaze you. 48 professions are represented in these bronze sculptures.
The Petit Sablon garden is located at the top of the district which owes its name to the sandy plain on which it was built.
You can also contemplate the surrounding 17th century houses and refresh yourself near the Fountain of the Counts of Egmont and Horne.
The antique market
Are you an art lover, collector or simply looking for the right deal? You will not leave the Sablon district empty-handed.
Your first destination will be the Antiques market, located at the foot of the Notre-Dame des Victoires church in Grand Sablon.
Since 1960, antique dealers have exhibited and sold their marvels under red and green striped tents.
Please note that it is only open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 18 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 14 p.m.
The neighborhood's Modern Art and Antiquities galleries give it the air of a museum which is not without the warm atmosphere of the many flea markets and shops.
You can continue your treasure hunt by heading towards the Marolles. Rue Haute and Rue Blaes are famous addresses for antiques.
The Church of Our Lady of Sablon
In the 15th century, the district was already very fashionable. All the aristocracy frequents the chapel which has just been rebuilt.
Today, you will no longer meet people there, but you can always stop there to admire the 11 stained glass windows 15 meters high, and the Gothic style of the architecture.
Wallonia-Brussels Tourist Office website