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Marollen, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Brussels, is a lively district known for its working-class roots, antique shops, large weekend flea market, and a diverse food scene. It provides an authentic and colorful experience of Brussels beyond the classic tourist routes.

History

Marollen has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages. Once a working-class district that sheltered the city’s underprivileged, the neighborhood has transformed over time while still retaining its distinctive character and unique “Brusseleir” dialect.

How to Get There

The area is within walking distance from the city center of Brussels. The Brussels-South railway station is nearby, and multiple trams and buses also serve the area.

List of Attractions

  1. Flea Market at Place du Jeu de Balle: Scour through vintage treasures at Brussels’ iconic daily flea market.
  2. Rue Haute and Rue Blaes: Browse the myriad of antique shops and art galleries lining these streets.
  3. Cafes and Restaurants: Taste the flavors of Brussels in the various eateries dotting the neighborhood.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Visit Early: For the flea market, remember the early bird gets the worm. Dealers start setting up before dawn.
  2. Shop Antiques: If you’re a fan of antiques and second-hand goods, this is your paradise.
  3. Enjoy Local Delicacies: Don’t miss the chance to try some local food in the many bistros and cafés throughout Marollen.

Visiting both the Palace of Justice and Marollen offers contrasting experiences – while the former echoes with the grandeur and formality of law, the latter resounds with the hustle and bustle of daily life in Brussels, providing a colorful, local slice of the city.

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