Waterloo Flea Market

The Waterloo flea market offers a little bit of everything from antiques and retro items to junk and just the plain bizarre

The Waterloo flea market is a weekly flea market located near the eponymous battlefield where French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte met its fate in 1815. Even though this flea market is no Tongeren, its is close to Brussels and well worth a look-see.

Once a week, around 120 flea market vendors and antique dealers gather on the parking of the Carrefour supermarket in Waterloo, where they meet thousands of buyers, some of which drive as far as from the Netherlands to attend this event. The Waterloo flea market offers a little bit of everything from antiques and retro items to junk and just the plain bizarre. It is usually much fun to wander and poke around since you never know what you will find. As it’s the case with any other flea market, it is highly recommended to get there early if you are serious about flea market shopping, as this market is very well attended.

Many people have been complaining lately about the fact that the Waterloo flea market has been taken over by professional antique dealers, some of which have shops in les Sablons district in Brussels – near the Place du Jeu de Balle flea market. The main consequences of this flea market “gentrification” are the ever increasing prices of antiques, and the unwillingness of many merchants to haggle even for a few euros.

Buyers should though keep in mind that there’s a ton of authentic articles; however, there are less reliable dealers there trying to sell some fakes. If you’re looking for authentic items, you should know what you’re doing or at least bring a friend who does.

3 reviews

  1. Now this is no Tongeren, but close to Brussels and well worth a look-see. Easy parking and isles are wide to accommodate late-morning crowds. Would have liked to have seen more furniture but we bought a great deco lighting fixture at a very reasonable price.

  2. This flea market is ALWAYS there, rain or shine – but with less activity in the bad weather. You can buy just about anything here; they have quasi-professional sellers to those who seem to have just cleaned out their basements and attics and want to make a bit of money. Because of this, there are often very good deals to be made, so don’t be afraid to haggle a bit.

    It starts up early in the morning, I think around 7am, and starts breaking down just after noon to 1pm. I usually spend a couple of hours looking around and after a half hour stop for a burger and a coffee at one of the two wagons that sell burgers, hot dogs, coffee, hot chocolate and even some breakfast stuff like croissants and pain au chocolat.

    All in all, this is a great Sunday morning activity and you may even find a little treasure!

  3. Haven’t been to Tongeren yet which I hear is awesome. Nevertheless, this Brocante at the Carrefour near the battlefield mound is wonderfully and happens every Sunday. Recommend getting there early if you are serious about your flea market, antique, estate sale, furniture hunting etc, as this market is very well attended. Buyer beware though, there are a ton of authentic articles; however, there are less reliable dealers there trying to sell some fakes. Highly recommend this Brocante, but if looking for authentic, know what you are doing or bring a friend who does. Fun, nonetheless.

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