The Sablon and the Marolles seem to be each other's opposites: one neighbourhood chic and distinguished, the other folksy, authentic and somewhat dingy. In the past, the Sablon was a quarter for the nobility. The Marolles is a district known for its popular authenticity, a place for jokes and 'zwans', which houses a typical Brussels mix of French, Dutch, Spanish, and Arab-speaking residents. It has a fascinating social history. These two districts imperceptibly merge into one another. Their mutual influence is distinctively ‘Brussels’.
This walk is available at the tourist reception offices of visit.brussels.
(Rue Royale 2-4 or Grand-Place – Town Hall).