I've lived in Brussels for a year, just a little over a mile away, and knew nothing about Les Marolles district. We discovered it by walking around on car-free Sunday and were happily surprised by Rue Haute and Rue Blaes. There are so many wonderful antique and design furniture shops with a great mix of pricey and affordable. We also...
This used to be the area where the poor people of Brussels lived. Today, it is a popular and trendy multicultural area, with nice antiques shops (expensive though) and African art shops. The easiest way to get here is to take the elevator on the square in front of the palace of justice. Then follow indications to the vossenplein.
It's nice flea market with many second hand stuff. At first sight you may think there's nothing interesting, but after some searching you can buy great glasses and plates and vinyls from 60's only for 2,5euro! Don't expect there any antiques.
It was really interesting to see this part of Brussels, as it feels like stepping into another, more diverse world (as opposed to the central parts further up). However, I did not find the Quartier as charming as expected. There were interesting second-hand shops but they were far between and although some parts were nice the overall impression was that...
We have visit this square several times and always found something "new" to buy. It is especially nice to be there on a Sunday. There are several cafe's next to it where to can rest and have coffee or something to eat.