The city of Brussels is over 1,000 years old (founded in 979 AD) and is Belgium’s capital city as well as the capital city of the European Union (EU) and serves as the economic and political administrative center for the European continent. However, it is most renowned from a tourism aspect for the arts, cuisine, culture, and history. In recent decades, there has been another tourist gem that Belgium has revealed and is a now a favorite of many international travelers as wells as the local residents.
For many visitors to the city, the heartbeat of Belgium is the numerous street markets that you can explore. There is no end to the antiques, artwork, clothing, horticulture, and other household items well worth the price. The city wrote the book on flea markets and street markets. It’s just that simple. But if you’re a shopoholic, this is a must-see attraction in Belgium.
We have listed several of these markets below so that you have an idea of the markets that prior visitors to the city have oftentimes recommended because of the pricing and inventory that they carry:
One of the best markets for flowers and plants, Grand Place is open 12 hours a day from 8 am to 8 pm.
Gare du Midi
Considered the busiest and most famous street market in the entire city. You can find everything here from clothes and flowers to some great household items. The only drawback is that it is only open on Sunday mornings so expect it to be crowded.
Place du Grand Sablon
A hot spot for antique shopping and a huge assortment of books make this street market a must-see while venturing out in Brussels.
Alimentation (nourishment/nutrition) and floral products are what this market is best known for. It is a biological market, meaning that it is controlled by biological agriculture).
Place du Jeu de Belle
A true flea market in the finest sense of the word, Place du Jeu de Belle is open 7 days a week – Mon. – Fri. 7 am to 2 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 7:30 am to 3 pm. This is an antique venue with a garage sale format.
Boulevard du Midi
If you’re looking for second hand two-wheelers (bicycles and motor bikes) this is the street market for you.
Place du Châtelain
Only open on Wednesdays, this street market is still ranked the best of the best where cheese, wine, and other specialties are concerned. But the locals and other tourists to the area will tell you that it is the atmosphere that makes Place du Châtelain that makes this visiting this market a priority.
Accommodation in Brussels
- Self-catering apartments ApartmentsApart Brussels
- 2-star hotel Prestige Brussels
- 3-star hotel Agenda Louise in Brussels Louise-Stéphanie area
Photo of a street market in Brussels by John Dean.