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- Nice place, and a pretty building. When we were there there was not much going on inside - a coffe shop or 2 and some exhibition...Written May 22, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great experience, took many photos. Belgians are nice, happy people and help you with everything. Hope to visit that central location again this time with my wife and kidsWritten July 15, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is definitely upscale. Close to the center, yet away from the tourist crowds. Lovely shopping, good eating, served by public transit. This is a classic European shopping street.Written May 9, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We (early 20s couple) visited this market as well as the market in flageyplein and midi station. By far, the best. The area was lovely, really nice shops in the area with variety of things, plenty of restaurants nearby. I noticed other comments suggesting that this was an area for pickpocketing but we didn't notice or feel this way at all! Definitely sells a lot of old, weird and wonderful things -vintage camera selection was very cool. Lots of clothing and furniture too. Having the language (french or flemish) definitely helps haggle or price items at this market i would say, as my English-speaking partner was quoted a different price to me!Written July 31, 2023
- While the nineteen municipalities of Brussels have different cultures and characteristics, Saint-Gilles is a better one. In contrast to the somehow sketchy downtown, this is a pleasant area to explore with many cafes and restaurants. It is also well known for architecture with some of the city's handsome buildings scattered around the neighborhood. Do spend some time here.Written June 13, 2023
- I visited the Marolles Flea Market in the Place Jeu de Balle at the end of August 2019. The market is easily accessible in a square midway between the Brussels Midi Station and the Palais de Justice (do use Google maps to orient yourself as there are several roads leading up to it.) It was a Friday morning and the place was fairly busy with vendors spread all over the square. In many respects this is an average flea market with just a few quirks thrown in: piles of clothes laid on the pavement, a bunch of broken up dolls all stacked together, a few mannequins creatively displayed. It is no different from many other flea markets you will find in Europe, from London to Palermo. In one respect, however, it was very different: the dozens of photo albums and hundreds of personal photos laid out on the pavement for sale.
It was very unnerving to see all these images from individual lives packed in cardboard boxes, or in some cases just strewn on cobblestones, being sold to strangers. What became of these people's lives? It was very obvious that many of the items being sold, including these photos, came from house clearances following someone's death. It made you think how alone these people must have been when they passed away not to have anyone in their lives to collect their photos before their belongings were given away. What made it even more heartbreaking was that some of the photo albums on sale were lovingly hand-decorated and annotated with personal memories: now they were being skimmed and passed over quickly by strangers looking for something valuable to buy for a bargain. I felt like buying all these photos to rescue them from the trashbin where a lot of them were likely destined to end up.
I understand that sights like these are common to flea markets all over the world, but the sheer numbers of the albums and photos for sale made Marolles a very sad, memorable experience for me. If you ever visit this market, do me a favor: buy just a few photos to honor the lives of the people whose memories are lost there. But for the grace of God, that could happen to any of us.Written February 24, 2020
- The Upoer Town of Brussels is one of the best area's of the city to visit,historically the seat of power of the ruling class of Brabant ,you can tell this by the great architecture here such as the Royal Palace,Parliament and lots of other great looking building,Neo Classical architecture proliferates this district ,in my opinion it's the most beautiful district of Brussels ,even better than the architecture of Grand Place and surrounding streets ,one of my favourite area's of Brussels is the area around Grand Sablon with it's amazing winding streets and great pubs,bars and restaurants ,if you're planning a trip to Brussels it's a district of Brussels I highly recommend you check out .Written June 22, 2022
- The street name reveal what sorts of shops used to stand here - butchers, herbs, chickens, and cheese. During meal times, this dirty, narrow street is absolutely crawling with tourists browsing through wall-to-wall, low-quality restaurants. Don't count on getting a good value here - better restaurants are just a few steps away. Many diners here are day-trippers from other European countries. In general, the restaurants on this street are a tourist trap.Written September 25, 2023
- The Commune Libre De L'IIot Sacre is an area of about four or five narrow streets lined with restaurants that although looks pretty and inviting is really best avoided as the restaurants here are pure tourist traps ,it's a pity really as streets such as Rue Du Bouchers should be must go destinations in this area but unfortunately they're not ,best to swerve this area if you're planning on visiting Brussels .Written June 21, 2022
- Although I've been to the Anderlecht district of Brussels quite a few times ,mostly to visit the amazing Cantillon Brewery ( great beer ,great brewery tour ) and Brasserie de L'Ermitage ( great micro brewery ) ,I've never encountered any hostility or seen anything untoward crime wise ,not sure what's it's like of a night but I've only mostly positive experiences of this district but that said it's definitely run down ,too much left in disrepair ,there's lots of very unappealing retail outlets here ,I suppose cheap sums up the appearance ,if you've no real interest in great beers it's not a must go destination in my opinion .Written June 10, 2022
- Located just off the manic and bustling Grand Place is the eclectic Quartier Saint Jacques ( Saint Jacques District ) one of the most ancient area's of Brussels.
Walk down Rue Du Lombard and Rue Du Marche and you're in the heart of Quartier Saint Jacques ,the streets around here are some of the oldest in Brussels with many dating back to the 14th century ,the streets are lines with great pubs,bars and restaurants and if you're into your shopping some boutique shopping outlets ,architecture is amazing ,most beautiful building here is Eglise Notra Dame Du Bon Secours De Bruxelles ,a stunning looking church that dominates the immediate area ,love nothing better than sitting outside one of the taverns here such as Au Soleil or Cafe Charbon and enjoying a classic Belgium beer and taking in the great architecture and soaking up the special vibe of this district ,if you're planning on visiting Brussels I highly recommend you visit Quartier Saint Jacques.Written May 30, 2022
- I visited tho tiny little church once despite I've got there during early afternoon I found out that the doors were close so I could only admire the beautiful baroque style facade from outside. This church is nice and it's located relatively nearby other important attractions a bit distant from the main city centre. Anyway a quick visit is due.Written January 13, 2016
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