Our bus dropped us off at a picturesque square situated on the slope that divides Brussels between the Upper City and the Lower City – Place de Sablon. The square is surrounded by chic boutiques, designer homeware outlets, chocolate shops (NB: Wittamers and it’s coffee shop!), fashionable restaurants and lively bars. Not to mention a large statute of Tinton and the Comic Cafe – a temple to comics and the art of animation.


The Comic Cafe. We did not go in, but it looks like a place where you can while away a morning quite effortlessly.


The Grand Sablon is most famous for its open air antiques market held on a Saturday and Sunday. As it was a Sunday, we strolled through the market but being January the size did not live up to the hype.

Just above the Grand Sablon is a further jewel – Place du Petit Sablon. Ringed by statues depicting a medieval trade or craft that has brought prosperity to Brussels, the Place has grandiose fountains, little garden walkways and more statues dotted about. A perfect place to pause a while, nibble on a chocolate and enjoy the view over the city.

Imposing statues on the inside of the Petit Sablon






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