“How Sablon Became My Favorite Neighborhood”

Discover the charm of living in Sablon

As a Canadian expatriate living in Brussels, I can confidently say that the Sablon neighborhood is one of my favorite places to hang out. It’s a bustling area filled with delicious restaurants, charming antique shops, and some of the best chocolatiers in the world. Here are the reasons why I love Sablon and why you should visit too.

Firstly, Sablon is an antique lover’s paradise. On weekends, the Sablon Square transforms into a flea market where antique dealers offer a range of objects, small furniture, and artworks. High-end antique dealers, such as Tollemans and Maison Costermans, are also established here. Mixing antique furniture with contemporary decor can add originality to modern interiors.

Secondly, the food in Sablon is amazing. Whether you’re craving authentic Belgian cuisine or Michelin-starred Italian food, Sablon has it all. Lola and Le Vieux Saint Martin are go-to spots for authentic Belgian cuisine, while San Sablon and Senzanome offer fine dining experiences. For a quick bite, grab a fricandelle from Richard or try the Lebanese cuisine at Beli. Le Perroquet is a great place to enjoy a delicious and generously filled pita. And finally, the heavenly pasta at Genco…

Thirdly, Sablon is chocoholic heaven. You’ll find all the top names in chocolate here, including Neuhaus, Leonidas, Cote d’Or, and Godiva. But the Belgian artisan chocolatiers, such as Pierre Marcolini and Maison Dandoy, are the real gems. Be sure to visit the tea room of Maison Wittamer and order a slice of Black Forest cake, a specialty of the house.

Fourthly, Sablon is known for its jewelry shops, boasting high-end brands like Messika, Frey Wille, and Dinh Van. But the area also offers antique jewelry at shops like Collectors Gallery and Ciel Mes Bijoux. Belgian-owned shops, such as Leysen and Maison Holemans, have a wealth of craftsmanship and tradition in their pieces.

Fifthly, most shops in Sablon are open on Sundays, making it a great place to spend the day. From fashion and jewelry to chocolates and antiques, almost everything is open after 11 am !

Lastly, Sablon is a great place to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Brussels. The neighborhood is home to the Jewish Museum, and the nearby museum district includes the Magritte Museum, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, and the Bellevue Museum. The Musical Instruments Museum offers mini-concerts and themed tours several times a week, and in June, you can attend the public evaluations of the Conservatory’s students.

Sablon is a vibrant neighborhood that has something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or just want to indulge in delicious food and chocolate, Sablon is a must-visit destination in Brussels. I highly recommend strolling around its streets, admiring its architecture, and immersing yourself in its rich culture. Not to mention the Marolles, with the Rue Haute, and then Rue Blaes.

Tenants who will be staying at [rezidentz] Sablon are in for a real treat! The grand opening of the new building, complete with three charming studios, is scheduled for April 10th, 2023. And if you’re interested in renting a fully furnished studio for a few months, we still have a spot available for you (drop us an email: hello@rezidentz.com). Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of our growing community!

By Lisa (31), a Canadian expatriate currently living in Brussels.

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