Place du Grand Sablon

This central square is the place to eat, drink and be seen in Brussels. It’s packed with restaurants, antique dealers and chocolate shops.

Brussels’ entertainment precinct centers itself around this elegant square. Place du Grand Sablon maintains the historic charm of the surrounding neighborhoods. The restaurants, cafés and eateries that line its edges offer contemporary Belgian cuisine; some of the city’s best restaurants can be found here. The square is also home to a number of antique dealers and is a great place to shop for a special gift. Visit the square on the weekend to experience the atmosphere of the city’s biggest antique and book market. 

Place du Grand Sablon is the insider destination for locals wanting a night out on the town. The charm and vitality of the Place du Grand Sablon restaurant strip is unequaled anywhere else in the city. Restaurants have a cosmopolitan flair while still retaining traditional Belgian values. Sample a range of wild game on a charcuterie board or try local cheese on house-baked bread. Accompany these treats with a glass of Duvel, one of the most famous beers in Belgium. Belgian chocolate is known around the world; at Place du Grand Sablon you can taste the best in the city. Stop for samples or gifts as you walk past the decadent chocolate displays in shop windows.

Wander to the square on a weekend to spend the afternoon browsing among antique stalls. Along with its permanent stores, Place du Grand Sablon hosts a weekly antique and book market on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. While this isn’t the place to find bargains, you’ll still have plenty to look at as you meander through the market.

Place du Grand Sablon is located in central Brussels and can be reached by metro or car. There is some street parking in the area. Visit Place du Grand Sablon any day.  There is no admission fee.

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