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.