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Place du Grand Sablon

Place du Grand Sablon | R. de Rollebeek, Brussels, Belgium
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Ranked #22 of 219 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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Paducah, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Some of the most famous choclate and pastry shops are located there as well as a many antique shops ans art galeries.Small narrow streets all hiding some beautiful old houses to see. Some of the restaurants used to be chep and trendy in the old days but now are chique et chere and very trendy.Bars serve exotic cocktails, many different... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is a very nice part of Brussels, seems a bit quieter then Grand-Place, but offers just as good restaurants, bars and chocolatiers / bakeries. Worth a visit.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Do visit here on your trip to Brussels. It's a 5 minute walk and the Sablon is an arty, foody area. The Place has some amazing chocolate and cake shops, and there's a coffee house/ restaurant where every world leader seems to have visited.

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