From the Sablon to the Marolles
So close and yet so different, these two districts are a real gold mine for art lovers, collectors or bargain hunters.
It is also overflowing with an infectious ’joie de vivre’. The antique and modern art galleries of the Sablon constitute a chic museum in themselves, where (almost) everyone can chance on that rare and elusive pearl thanks to its eclectic mix.
The nearby Law Courts were wittily re-baptised ’the large inkpot’ by Victor Hugo. Its panoramic view on place Poelaert can be reached in thirty seconds via the bizarre lift that lands in the very heart of Rue Haute. A constant whirl of activity, the popular Rue Haute and Rue Blaes are thronged with the most unexpected bric-a-brac and decoration shops, carefully interspersed with typical and welcoming cafés and restaurants. Tempting, carefully-prepared dishes are served alongside soups and soft cheese sandwiches.
The ’zwanze’ is a must: once you’ve heard an absurd, incredible or surreal story told in the good old brusseleer accent, you’ll have reached the roots of the Marolles. All of this local tradition is further enhanced by the fantastic bric-a-brac: the flea market that’s held every morning on Place du Jeu de Balle!