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Marche Aux Puces de Bruxelles
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Ranked #82 of 394 things to do in Brussels
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Brussels, Belgium
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Interesting!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012 via mobile

This flea market is worth a visit especially if you are looking for one shoe or a stuffed bird or animal with the stuffing bursting out! Ther are some interesting pieces but you have to look hard for them. If you tire of rummaging through the delights on offer there are a number of cafes around the square where you can relax and view your purchases.

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London, United Kingdom
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“You really need to work hard”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

Based on reputation, I've been really keen to get to this flea market in Brussels. Plans to spend a few hours there on Sunday were scuppered by torrential rain fall, so I was thrilled to get a 90 minute break in my work schedule for a flying visit on Monday.

Frankly, I was a bit disappointed. The market is sizeable, but really trashy. Mostly immigrant sellers display their wares on the large ground sheets on the ground. Many just pile cardboard boxes with bric a brac and second hand clothing making no effort to display pieces. So you really have to work hard to find anything of interest. And with a flying visit such as I had (45 minutes) you just don't have the time. Even then, glances into the boxes showed rather plain crockery, broken toys, cutlery and clothes.

I'm good at this game though and did walk away with a few nice items. I scored a beautifully glazed Fat Lava vase (W. Germany 1960s) and two terracotta serving dishes in a vibrant turquoise glaze... all for 10 Euro total. And I did note some furniture and light fixtures I'd have taken more time to consider if I had the time. But as it stood they were exception to fairly poor stuff.

So... go for the atmosphere. There appeared to be some nice bars and cafes around the market square. And the surrounding streets had some wonderful second hand furniture stores I'd like to explore further. But unless you are a ardent flea marketer, don't expect much.

Visited June 2012
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

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

Visited January 2012
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Weehawken, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Don't waste your time”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

Having been to this flea market on 4/15/2012 our opinion is if you are a traveler to Brussels do not bother-the items are mostly junk, and you would be better off seeing a major attraction or museum instead. If I lived in Brussels, maybe i would go to the flea market, only if it was about a 10 or 15 minute walk away.

Visited April 2012
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Barcelona, Spain
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“Don't go if you don't want to waste your time”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

Dirty, neglected, not even a good stuff for sale, and it seemed to us a dangerous neighborhood.

Visited January 2012
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