Marolles (French) or Marollen (Dutch) is a charming ancient district located to the south side of Brussels city centre. In the middle ages Marolles was a former leper colony. In more recent times it has become a working class area in Brussels. Away for busy tourist traps, it is worth taking the time to explore this area of Brussels.
In the centre of Marolles stands Église de la Chapelle (French) or Kapellekerk (Dutch), a Roman Catholic Church. The other main highlight is Place du Jeu de balle (French) or (Vossenplein). This is the main square in Marolles.
Shopping in Marolles
This historic area is ideal for those with a passion for antiques and interior shops, collectors and art lovers, or those who enjoy browsing second-hand shops. There are many bargains to be had. Also take time to soak up the atmosphere at the local cafes, bars and restaurants.
The bohemian feel to this part of the city is confirmed by Marolles Market. This daily market is located on Place du Jeu de Balle and is open from 7am-1pm. Like Gare du Midi Market
, it is recommended to get there early for the best buys.
Marolles is a far cry from the main attractions in Brussels, such as Grand Place, but this corner of Brussels gives you a unique insight to local life in the city and is worth exploring. Marolles is easily accessible from the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi Hotel
. After a busy day of sightseeing return to this modern Brussels accommodation and take advantage of the premier facilities on offer, including the RBG Bar & Grill and a fully-equipped fitness room.