The antiques and vintage hotspot of Rue Haute and Rue Blaes is situated in the Marolles district of old Brussels. The area was originally named after the nuns that lived there centuries ago – and locals today are still known as ‘Marolliens’. It’s a perfect place to browse, and maybe visit the famous Place du Jeu de Balle flea market.
Today the streets of Rue Haute and Rue Blaes are lined with an eclectic selection of quirky shops, both new and antique. ‘Haute Antiques’ on Rue Haute is one of the largest, with 25 dealers spread across 2500 m² of space. They sell a range of wares; furniture, paintings, lighting and collectibles. And in case you’re tempted to buy something large – they also ship worldwide. Also on Rue Haute, ‘Melting Pot Kilo’ is a vintage clothing store with a twist – they sell clothing by the kilo! Sort through the wide selection of clothing and you can really grab yourself a bargain.
Over on Rue Blaes, ‘Via Antica’ boasts 2000 m² of stalls, with over 30 exhibitors spread across three floors. Dealers sell beautiful furniture, lighting and mirrors, as well as paintings and sculptures. ‘Marie-Cecile François’ specialises in Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The ‘ABAC’ bookshop is the place for rare second-hand books. Not to be forgotten, just off Rue Blaes is the famous Place du Jeu de Balle daily flea market. This is a true flea market, so don’t expect wall to wall antiques – but get there early for the best finds.