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Brussels Antiquing

Find your treasure in this millennium-old city.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day

Overview :  Brussels, the 1,000-year-old city of a million-plus, can be more radical in fashion, more adventuresome in cuisine, and much more fun ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Biscuiterie Dandoy

Treat yourself to a package of speculoos (traditional Belgian spice cookies) to snack on as you descend back toward the Grand Place.

Address:
50 Rue de Rollebeek
Brussels
Belgium

Phone:
32-2-503-1949

2. Congo Gallery

These dealers in African art and relics as well as the adjacent Congo Basin Art History Research Center can be found on a charming lane off the Place du Grand Sablon.

Address:
2 Impasse St.-Jacques
Brussels
Belgium

Phone:
32-2-511-4767

3. Costermans

Established in 1839, this antiques store is one of the few still holding on to its spot on the Place du Grand Sablon. Its salons are filled with 18th-century furniture and objets—and sometimes with audiences for Baroque concerts—but the courtyard is what sets Costermans apart. There, dozens of cast-iron fire backs lean three-deep on the... More

4. Desmet

At the Desmet antiques gallery, nearly everything is of majestic scale and almost nothing is Belgian. Sarcophagus-like stone tubs come from France, boldly framed mirrors from the Netherlands and Italy, a pair of Georgian gateleg tables from Britain.

Address:
16 Rue Watteaustraat
Brussels
Belgium

Phone:
32-2-378-2563

5. Dune 234

The multitalented Muriel Bardinet (dealer, interior designer, painter, photographer) puts the chic back into shabby. Behind the striking curved-glass façade of a former tailor shop, armoires both refined and worn rise above terra-cotta vessels of all shapes and sizes, Thai spirit houses, Bardinet’s own still lifes, tubular chrome stools at ... More

Check out the old tiled mural of bakers at work at this former bakery while enjoying the antipasti, pizzas, and pasta.

Address:
146 Rue Haute
Brussels
Belgium

Phone:
32-2-513-5440

7. Galerie Pierre Mahaux

An ormolu-mounted fruit-wood desk and a bench of thick rubber molded to resemble giant blocks of chocolate front a huge painting of African dancers. Artifacts from the Congo turn up often in Belgian interiors, reminders of a former colony 46 times the size of its conqueror that lived under its often crushing thumb until 1960

Address:
14 Rue... More

8. Haute Antiques

Haute Antiques houses 40 dealers whose wares span the full range of styles and periods, from a fanciful iron birdcage and a mod trapezoidal fireplace, to a flat-bottomed skiff suspended from the ceiling in the basement.

Address:
207 Rue Haute
Brussels
Belgium

Phone:
32-2-548-9480

The Hotel Amigo is situated just a half-mile walk from the best antiques dealers in the and around the Place du Grand Sablon, a cobbled and gabled square. The 174-room converted 16th-century prison was designed by Olga Polizzi, in her traditional yet contemporary style. Here that means Flemish tapestries and embroidered velvets juxtaposed with... More

10. Jacques Brol

Though they aim to emulate Axel Vervoordt, this design store is a more affordable and polite version of eclectic Belgian style.

Address:
202 Rue Haute
Brussels
Belgium

Phone:
32-476-250-253

Though there’s a formidable weekend lunch crowd, the communal tables and long hours (7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) of this Belgian prototype are a boon to travelers.

Address:
11 Rue des Sablons
Brussels
Belgium

Phone:
32-2-513-5154

12. Michel Lambrecht

American decorators haunt this place for Michel Lambrecht’s clever furnishings.

Address:
18 Rue Watteau
Brussels
Belgium

Phone:
32-2-502-2729

Do yourself a favor and stop by the boutique chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini, in Place du Grand Sablon.

Address:
1 Rue des Minimes
Brussels
Belgium

Phone:
32-2-514-1206

14. Vincent Colet

Vincent Colet is a shop that appreciates the industrial, as in the Triplex Pendlar lamp, by Swedish inventor-designer Johan Petter provenance. Colet has long specialized in designs by architects of the 20th century, and alongside a chair by Wormley and a stool by Perriand can be found remarkable pieces by mostly Belgian designers with refreshingly... More