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Place du Grand Sablon

Place du Grand Sablon | R. de Rollebeek, Brussels, Belgium
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Ranked #24 of 220 Attractions in Brussels
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping, Running, City walk sightseeing
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Begin the weekend strolling the weekly antique markets on the Place du Grand Sablon.
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Patras, Greece
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We had such a great time at Place du Grand Sablon looking at all the antiquities on sale there in a fantastic environment! Make sure you don't miss it!

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I don't get all the fuss about this place. It is not ugly or anything but it is just the same as any other part of the center, nothing special about it. If you are in the neighbourhood don't bother.

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Warsash, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Good hotel, very friendly and helpful people, couldn't do enough for you. Hotel room was really nice and comfortable.

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Paducah, Kentucky
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It was neat to be here on a Saturday when they market was set up. Don't try to drive down to the square as the roads are blocked off. there are several neat shops in the immediate neighborhood.

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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I think this is the real local Brussels? Random boutique shops, restaurants, and chocolatiers, but without the masses of tourists in Grand Place. The center is mainly used as a parking lot, which spoils the ambience. A park should be put in its place.

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

A good place to people watch and wander. Don't forget to take in the Petit Sablon further up - a small park surrounded by small statues each depicting a different guild. If walking continue on towards Place Jeu do balle before heading 'up' again towards the wonderfully huge and ugly Palais de Justice.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

Our colleague gave us directions to the chocolate shop, and we really enjoyed both the shop and Cafe Leffe across the street. It's a nice break from the Grand-Place.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I actually visited here for drinks one evening and the weather in September permitted us to sit outside. With the square being used for the market in the day time, it loses the hustle and bustle of the day and becomes rather quiet at night. But if you're wanting somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of Central Brussels, I... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Wittamer Chocolate is located here and there's another famous shop directly across the street but I only shopped at Wittamer. Place du Grand Sablon is touristy but definitely less packed than Grand Place. Full of shops and cafes. Worth stopping to have a coffee and have chocolates. About a 10 minute walk from Grand Place.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We were there at a weekend and loved this area. The antique market was going on, with cafes and bars and other antique shops. Great to browse, take a seat at a bar/cafe and take in the ambience. There is a great natural food cafe at the top of the square. We went there twice for coffee and cake. The... More

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