There are many flea markets in Brussels, but one of my favorites is the one on Place du Jeu de Balle, located very close from the Palais de Justice. It is open all year round, but it feels like a especially good option to me going there on a sunny Sunday morning as the atmosphere, a mixture of tourists and locals, is especially nice.
The first impression may be that everything here is a big mess, and certainly it is, but that is part of the charm, and actually each seller has a good control over its items. Here you can find all kinds of antiques and art objects, furniture, clothes, books, pictures, and mainly anything you can imagine; so who knows, maybe you will find the object you’ve spent years looking for!
The best of all is the charm of the square itself, surrounded by bars where you can get a drink or eat something after the arduous search! My recommendation is to try the delicious hot dog from “Chez Charlotte”, a deli where also several types of sandwiches and snacks are sold. For around 5 euros you will get a generous hot dog, stuffed with fried onion, sauerkraut or apple compote at your choice! Simply irresistible! You will recognize it easily by the long line that people forms in the door.
The market opening hours are 6am to 2pm on weekdays and from 6am to 3pm on weekends.
So DO NOT GO THERE if you are a tidiness freak!
Posted by Nacho