Neighbourhood Walk: the Sablon and the Marolles

17 February 2022
Rue de Rollebeek - été - terrasse - Vertigo

The Sablon and the Marolles seem to be each other's opposites: one neighbourhood chic and distinguished, the other folksy and authentic.

In the past, the Sablon was the neighbourhood of the nobility. The Marolles is a district known for its popular authenticity, a place for jokes or 'zwans' in the local dialect, which houses a typical Brussels mix of French, Dutch, Spanish, and Arab-speaking residents. It has a fascinating social history. The two districts imperceptibly blend into one another and their influence over each other is typical of Brussels.

This walk takes in the many places that mark the landscape of these two districts. Admire Chapel Church and the church of Our Lady of the Sablon, take a walk in Egmont Park and the Petit Sablon Square, pass by the Jewish Museum of Belgium and discover the former warehouses of the Waucquez stores, which today house the archives of the City of Brussels.

You can visit the Place Poelaert, home to the imposing Palace of Justice and the giant Ferris Wheel, which offers a breathtaking view of the capital. The route is also a gourmet stroll that takes you to pastry shops and chocolate makers like Wittamer and Pierre Marcolini.

Discover the route in detail on the map below!

Duration of walk: 2h30
Starting point: tram 92 and 93, Petit Sablon/Kleine Zavel stop 

The map for this walk is available in French, Dutch and English. 

In collaboration with Brukselbinnenstebuiten