The Place du Grand Sablon in the heart of the old market district is surrounded by houses from the 16th to the 19th century, ... More
Grand Sablon Square
The Place du Grand Sablon in the heart of the old market district is surrounded by houses from the 16th to the 19th century, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and antique shops. The square is distinguished by a statue of Minerva, and the Gothic Nôtre-Dame au Sablon church. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is an antiques market with over 100 stalls.
This is where you can find most Chocolatiers together in one place. Wittamer (famous for pink chocolate filled with raspberry ganache), Pierre Marcolini (the Chocolate Designer), Godiva... Galler is unfortunately closed since mid of 2003, but its next shop is 5 minutes to walk towards Grand Place.
The Petite Sablon (Kleine Zavel) is one of the most interesting little squares I've seen. Each sculpture is of an old profession, each carved pillar, and each section of iron fence is unigue! On the other side of the Sablon church (beautiful rose windows) is the Grand Sablon. A great place to eat breakfast and watch the wealthy and overdressed stroll about. I bought some old prints, which happen to be of the Petite Sablon fence, at the Antique Market on Sunday, after a great coffee at Le Pain Quotidien.