How to decorate your flat with your roommate in Brussels
A good roommate match is extremely important. But matching well with your roommate isn’t the only thing that matters.
Don’t overlook the importance of a nice and cosy interior to make you feel at home. If you’re two (or more) new roommates moving in together, chances are you’ll still need to buy some furniture or home accessories.
Roommates who moved to Brussels from another city or country might not know where to look for nice furniture. Much depends on your budget, your style and your mood.
We’re happy to give you a list of the best flea markets, concept stores and interior shops in Brussels as well as a list of interior blogs you should follow for inspiration on how to decorate your flat with your roommate in Brussels!
For the vintage, antiques and brocante lover: 5 flea markets in Brussels you can’t miss
Place du Jeu de Balle
On and around the ‘Place du Jeu de Balle’ or ‘Vossenplein’ in Dutch, there’s always something to do. This cosy square is well known for its famous flea markets.
Many years ago, it was used as a court for playing Fives, hence the French name ‘Place du Jeu de Balle (litterally translated: ball game square). Since 1873, every single morning this is the place to be for antique lovers and tourists.
There are significantly more tourists during the weekend, so unless you don’t mind the square is packed with tourists, it is recommended to discover the flea market during the week. Prices are slightly lower on weekdays as well!
Address: Vossenplein, 1000 Brussels
Opening hours: weekdays 06h00 – 14h00, weekends 06h00 – 15h00
Marchée des Antiquaires du Sablon (Zavelmarkt)
The ‘Marchée des Antiquaires du Sablon’ is one of the oldest antiques and flea markets in Europe. It’s without a doubt the place to be for the antiques lover who’s willing to spend a bit more for a unique piece of furniture or charming home accessories.
Address: Grote Zavel, 1000 Brussels
Opening hours: Saturdays, 09h00 – 17h00. Sundays 09h00 – 14h00
With more than 10000 visitors each Sunday, ‘Westland Flea Market’ or ‘Brocante Westland Anderlecht’ is one of the most famous flea markets in Brussels. It’s situated in front of the Westland shopping centre in Anderlecht.
Address: Boulevard Sylvain Dupuis 433, 1070 Anderlecht (Brussels)
Opening hours: Sundays, 07h00 – 13h00
Place Saint Denis – Forest
The fact that the flea market on the Place Saint Denis is rather small, doesn’t make the market any less interesting. One sentence: ‘Something for everyone at very reasonable prices’!
Address: Place Saint Denis, 1190 Brussels (Forest)
Opening hours: Sundays, 06h00 – 12h00
Brussels Vintage Market
This is not a typical flea market, but absolutely perfect for roommates who like vintage design.
Brussels Vintage Market attracts nearly 2500 vintage lovers every first Sunday of the month.
Enjoy a lovely afternoon with your roommates at the Brussels Vintage Market where you can have a drink, a delicious lunch and of course… shop till you drop!
Address: Halles Saint-Géry, Place Saint-Géry 1, 1000 Brussels
Opening hours: Every first Sunday of the month, 12h00 – 19h00
For roommates with a slightly higher budget: 5 must-visit decoshops in Brussels
Homepage Furniture & More and Homepage 2
In 2011, deco shop ‘Homepage Furniture & More’ or just ‘Homepage’ opened in the vibrant Châtelain neighborhood. Four years later, Homepage opened a second shop (Homepage 2 More Furniture) right across the street.
Furniture and home accessories from famous brands like Kartell, Hay, Design House Stockholm and Normann Copenhagen are waiting for a new home.
If you like Scandinavian design, you should definitely visit Homepage & Homepage 2!
Address Homepage: Schildknaapstraat 109, 1050 Brussel
Address Homepage 2: Schildknaapstraat 102, 1050 Brussel
Opening hours Homepage: Tuesday to Saturday, 11h00 – 13h30 & 14h00 – 18h30
Opening hours Homepage 2: Tuesday to Saturday, 11h – 18h30
Le Show Room
Le Show Room isn’t a real showroom and not a real shop either. It’s a 1860 renovated apartment owned by Céline Blanc, who lives in the apartment/shop. All the furniture and home accessories are for sale.
In Le Show Room you can shop a selection of mid-century furniture, objects and lighting with your roommate.
The fact that the shop is actually a real apartment isn’t the only thing that makes Le Show Room special. It’s also known for its lovely exhibitions of several contemporary artists.
Address: Avenue Van Volxem 311, Forest (Brussels)
Opening hours: by appointment only
Tel.: 0474 36 06 29
Little Vintage Lovers
Little Vintage Lovers is a website that offers furniture, toys and other vintage things (furniture from the 50’s until the 80’s).
Some are still in their original state, while others have been restored and repainted. Little Vintage Lovers also offers original creations made with great care and imagination.
The shop is in Genval, 50 minutes outside Brussels, but it’s definitely worth a visit!
Address: Rue des Ateliers 35, 1332 Genval
Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday from 11h00 till 18h30 or by appointment
Tel.: 0477 18 23 21
Scènes de Menage
This interior design store combines old and ‘less old’. Perfect for roommates who appreciate an authentic and somewhat romantic interior.
If birds on the wall, pastel colored dressoirs and blankets and throw pillows with unique prints appeal to you, you should take your roommate to Scènes de Menage.
Address: Place Georges Brugmann 4, 1050 Brussels
Opening hours: Monday, 14h00 – 18h30, Tuesday to Saturday, 11h00 – 18h30
4000 square meters of affordable design, that’s what Depot Design stands for. Owner Olivier Depoorter brilliantly managed to make design furniture accessible to everyone.
Depot Design has a webshop, depot-design.eu, and a shop in Brussels.
Address: Henegouwenkaai 19, 1080 Brussels
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10h30 – 18h30
For roommates who want to get inspired: 3 deco blogs to follow
In case you could use a little inspiration for your interior, here’s three interior blogs that will definitely give you the inspiration you need to turn your house or apartment into a home.
If you don’t understand Dutch (some of the blogs are written in Dutch): the pictures alone will awaken your creativity!
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