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Antiquing in Brussels

Vincent Colet

Photo: Ball & Albanese

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 to plunder for antiques. To go antiquing in Brussels is to bask in civility and ease—especially if you’ve ever suffered the apathy of the 2,500 dealers at Paris’s legendary Marché St.-Ouen. Read the article

Destinations: Brussels · Lille

Inspired by: Antique Shopping in Brussels — by Heather Smith MacIsaac, Published Apr. 2008

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    Hotel Amigo

    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

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    Easy Tempo

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

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    Le Pain Quotidien

    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 t

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    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 Pla

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    Vincent Colet

    Vincent Colet is a shop that appreciates the industrial, as in the Triplex Pendlar lamp, by Swedish inventor-designer Johan Petter provenance. Cole

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    Pierre Marcolini

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

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    Michel Lambrecht

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

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    Jacques Brol

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

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    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 firepla

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    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

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    Desmet

    At the Desmet antiques gallery, nearly everything is of majestic scale and almost nothing is Belgian. Sarcophagus-like stone tubs come from France,

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    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 18

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    Biscuiterie Dandoy

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

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    Dune 234

    The multitalented Muriel Bardinet (dealer, interior designer, painter, photographer) puts the chic back into shabby. Behind the striking curved-gla

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    Flamant

    If there is a Belgian "look" in today's interior design, it is captured in this flagship of the three Flamant brothers' stores. In comfortable room

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