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These two areas of Brussels may be joined at the hip but they each have a distinct look and feel. The Sablon is more high end with its posh chocolate, antiques and interior design shops. Petit Sablon is a park surrounded by 48 statues of time-honoured professions. On the other side of the church is Grand Sablon, a square with an antiques market on Saturday and Sunday. At the opposite end, it leads to the Marolles, a working-class area that traditionally sniffed at authority, thus the Palais de Justice being built right in its face. The smart antiques give way to vintage, to earthy bars and to the famed daily flea market on Place du Jeu de Balle.
A cool café-bar-restaurant that won't break the bank
A flea market for all tastes, from junk to antiques
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