Marché aux Puces
Flea & Street Markets
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7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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guynnc
Atlanta1 contribution
I'm a frequent traveller to Brussels and have visited this market about 10 times in the past 6 months. I've found that about half of the vendors are locals - pleasant and easy to deal with. Prices are fair and quality is mixed. However there is a significant group of vendors that I avoid - they speak no English and little French. As is typical for markets in this region, items are not priced. If you ask the price of something, the vendor frequently has to make one or two calls on his cell phone and discuss the situation with an unknown party in a third language. Beware - it is a game. To the buyer it wastes a lot of time. (With all the hundreds of people walking by, you mean I'm the first person that asked the price of that item, and furthermore, you never considered what the price should be??)

All things considered, I'd say this is not one of the better markets in Europe. If you're in Brussels with nothing to do on a Saturday or Sunday morning, it's worth a visit, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go to this market.
Written May 5, 2008
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Lifesafari
Lincoln, UK6 contributions
Jan 2012 • Business
I have been going to this market for over 20yrs now and can’t wait to get back; I have had some of the best buys in 30yrs of antique dealing, and have been to markets across Europe. This is one of the best.

Go during the week as the weekend is busier and sellers less willing to have a deal. Sometimes it is hard to find the seller as usually they are having breakfast or a 'beer' in one of the many cafes that line the square. Right in the heart of the antiques district of Brussels the area is a little run down, but that is part of its charm, and hope it always stays this way!

Get up early 6.30 am and grab a bargain, don't be afraid of a haggle, rush around quickly and buy the first time around as good items shift fast, you can leave all your items without worry with the stall holder, stop for breakfast and get out for a more leisurely browse, if you go on a weekend walk along the Rue Blasé and pop into many of the antique shops and trendy cafes that link this market with the more expensive Sablon antique market.

Dress down for this market don't have a shave it helps on the price!. Haggle then haggle again and then walk away, the sellers will then give you a fantastic price.

Yes a lot of junk but don't let that put you off, dig deep and look through those bargain boxes.
Best for 60' 70's items but you never know what turns up. Good for early African Art with Belgium's link with the Congo also surprising how much Second World War items turn up both from the UK and the USA. From old books to uniforms and old love letters to sweet hearts.
I once found an unopened box full of Luftwaffe maps of the UK

Best buys for me over the years. A 14th c carved oak panel, an 18th c Russian Enamel & Silver Kovsh in a box for 5 BF, yes mock this market if you dare it’s your loss!

Get around early buy your bargains and spend a few hours over coffee and croissants watching the well healed and well-dressed walking around a few hours after you looking for bargains and bemoaning this scruffy little market…..

Open every day apart from Christmas day! one of Europe's oldest markets.. sshh don’t tell every one
Written April 25, 2012
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Petal
361 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
I went here with my husband and I loved it (could have stayed for up to an hour) and my husband hated it and couldn't get out of there fast enough. It is great to see a small community, off the beaten track of central Brussels. The vendors literally open the back of a truck and pour out their junk. In among the junk there are some hidden gems and antiques - but you have to take your time. I love picking up a small item from a place like this as a souvenir rather than getting something kitch in a souvenir store. Great for those who like to take candid, photos of unusual sites and locals. there are restaurants and cafes in the area as well as the nearby church. Note that the market is only open weekdays 7am-2pm and weekends 7:30am-3pm. They shut down on the dot.
Written November 18, 2015
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Melissa F
Sarasota, FL503 contributions
Nov 2015 • Solo
Jeu de Balle was a great place for "treasure /antique hunting " for many years; one of my favorite spots when visiting Brussels , which I do often. While rummaging through treasures this summer, I observed behavior which raised "red flags" as to safety.With sadness I personally chose to stay away from an area that was once a must visit on my list of things to do in Brussels . In light of developments around the world I suspect that my observations were correct.
Written November 17, 2015
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anne f
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
Aug 2015
Love going to markets on our holiday but this one disappointing... Old tack & second hand stuff... Don't go..
We went on a walk & came across it glad we didn't pay a taxi 2 take us der.
Written August 27, 2015
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Rosemary268
Brisbane, Australia22 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
I can clarify that getting there via the trains and asking locals directions - really you are putting your faith in people who don't really care if you get to your destination or not!

Having said that once found - the market is amazing. Yes, there is broken glass in between the cobble stones, and yes, it looks like a house full of goodies has been turned upside down on the stones, but YES there are some definite treasures to be had. The vendors are ok to bargain with, if you loiter - they bring the price down. I really had a ball there.
Written August 26, 2015
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mark s
mark s
Durham, NC175 contributions
Apr 2013 • Solo
In fact, on weekends, there are flea markets all around Brussels, and I love them. Sure there is a lot of junk and clutter, but you will sift through memorabilia from all decades and occasionally find real treasures for cheap. A great way to spend Saturdays here.
Written November 12, 2013
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VanessaD
Madison1 contribution
If you are into quirky antiques or garage sale hunting, you should definitely check out the antique market at Jeu de Balle. I lived near here for six months while studying in Brussels, and went to the flea market several times. I would suggest going early rather than when they are packing up, and don't be afraid to haggle! Most vendors will figure out that you speak english and will be able to communicate with you.

It's a little known, cooler area of Brussels and worth checking out to see the wide diversity there and find some really neat, inexpensive and unique keepsakes from your trip to Brussels.

I'm not sure about during winter, but I know all other times of year it's open every day from 7am-2pm.
Written February 22, 2008
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bfltd0
London, UK659 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a really fun bargain basement flea market. If you were starting out as a home-owner, you could outfit your whole home from here, including furniture, kitchenware, white goods, clothes.

Admittedly it may not be top quality but part of the fun is sifting through the various boxes and seeing if there is anything usable.

I eyed up a watch that seemed to be working but by the time I did a bit of internet research in a nearby bar, it had been sold. You snooze, you lose!

The early birds will enjoy this - it opens at 7am - but we got there at 11am and there was still a lot of activity.
Written January 29, 2020
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Bohus
Budapest, Hungary18 contributions
This is not a place for children, it is crowded, full of people from seemingly all around the world. You have to dig very patiently to find anything of real value, most of the stuff is worthless at best. If you do not know your stuff, I reckon you will get ripped off. And I wouldn't flash money very publicly, the place seems like a heaven for pickpockets. Although I must say, nothing of the sort happened to us.
Written March 21, 2014
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