You may have already read that we loved Brussels and had a great time there. The atmosphere, the people and the beer are three reasons off the bat that I can recommend you add Brussels to your no-doubt already inflated European itinerary.
On our last trip there we were headed out for a final afternoon in Brussels and stopped in at the Brussels Flea Markets which is bang in the middle of funky streets exploding with vintage & antique shopping delights.
The flea markets on Vossplein in Brussels.
The best area for a spot of flea market bargain hunting and antiquish eye candy is around the area of Marolles. Originally it was the area for the “working class citizen” so now it is sprouting with charm and character. Cafes sprinkle the area between the vintage clothes shops and the little warehouses of antique goodness.
The markets are located in the Vossplein square, head towards Place du Jeu de Balle and Vossenplein and you won’t miss it.
If you walk up from the Vossplein square where the markets are and along the road Blaesstraat you will run into numerous antique stores. Around here is the area of Marolles and there are a bunch of fun shops to explore.
Welcome to bric-a-brac heaven!
Trudy tries on what appears to be a star wars mask?
Old cameras, clocks, purses…
Perfect for potions class with Snape.
That Ken in the middle looks like he’s having a good time.
I love pictures of old merchant ships, as most of you already know!
You never know, it could be a lost Monet.
It’s antiques & vintage time!
The guys and gals at Stefantiek have one stellar antiques store.
What’s that bicycle doing there?
Creepy greenish glows are always welcome.
“arts”, doll heads and typewriters. Makes perfect sense.
Give meeee old stuff.
TinTin and The Magic Mushroom?
If you find yourself strolling Brussels, do explore Marolles and the flea markets – it’s a lovely way to while away an afternoon. Although it’s hard to stock up on bits & bobs when you’re supposed to be backpacking!