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Brussels on Sunday

In many cities there’s not a great deal happening on Sundays. That’s definitely not the case with Brussels. On Sundays there’s always something to keep you busy, whether its culture or shopping you’re after. You can start your lazy Sunday with a brunch or round off your weekend with a visit to a restaurant. Some of our favourite destinations are mentioned below.

Sunday culture

Mont des Arts (FR/NL)External link in the city centre houses many museums. Most museums are open on Sunday, which is an ideal day for a visit. The museums' opening times are published at Brusselsmuseums.beExternal link.
There is free entry to selected museums in Brussels the first Sunday of every month. (FR)External link

If you prefer to rest your legs, get along to the cinema or the theatre. There is always a lot going on in Brussels. To find out just what, see the various cultural calendars.

Sunday markets

There are several Sunday markets in Brussels:

  • Rummage through the second-hand ornaments and accessories at Brussels’ biggest flea market on Place du Jeu de Balle (FR) in the Marolles between 7 am and 2 pm.
  • The market at Brussels-Midi station is one of Brussels’ main multicultural markets. You can find food, clothes and plants between 8 am and 1 pm.
  • Fruit and vegetables, meats, textiles, second-hand goods are sold between 7 am and 2 pm at the indoor market at Abattoirs d'Anderlecht.
  • Explore the collections of antiques and old books in the Sablon between 9 amd and 13 pm.
  • At the MicroMarché (Quai à la Houille 9) you can meet artists and craftspeople and buy their wares between 1.30 pm and 6.30 pm.

To find a market or a second-hand market in Brussels, visit the website of visit.brusselsExternal link

Sunday shopping

Various neighbourhoods and shops are open on Sundays:

  • You can browse the furniture and interior design shops on Rue Haute and Rue Blaes in the Marolles, Brussels’ main working class neighbourhood.
  • If souvenirs and trends are what you’re after, head for the neighbourhood around Grand-Place and Manneken Pis (Rue du Marché aux Herbes, Rue du Lombard, Rue du Marché au Charbon).
  • Delve into the Moroccan shops on Rue de Brabant, close to Brussels-Nord station.
  • The charming Brugmann neighbourhood is home to vintage boutiques and trendy cafés.

Looking for books?

A lot of bookshopsExternal link are open on Sundays.

Go green

If you prefer to get back to nature at the weekend, Brussels has a large number of parks to choose from. Bois de la Cambre is partly closed to motorised traffic at weekends. Ideal for a short stroll, a bike ride or a spot of rollerblading.

Start your Sunday with brunch

Sunday is your chance for a lie in. When you do get up you’re just in time for brunch. Lots of café-restaurants have a brunch menu. Some are well worth a detour. Find them on the website