In Brussels, there are many places around town worth a look if you love antiques & vintage or if you regularly follow antiques roadshow: the Place du Jeu de Balle flea market for instance, is a daily antiques market which is held in a concrete plaza, in the Marolles District, and where you might find everything from refrigerators and wheelchairs to vintage clothing, antique bottles and cut glass.
And if you walk up adjacent Rue Blaes, you will eventually end up in a scruffy, shop-lined street where a number of antiques dealers showcase the very best of their finds.
A world of antiques
But there is nothing, to my opinion and experience, like the antiques shop, Stef Antiek. Starting with the storefront; it says it all. Period. I mean, have a look at it, and tell me if that does not raise your curiosity to go and have a look inside just to make sure that it is just as crazy as outside. And you might really be surprised.
Actually, I did not expect an antiques shop, which is located at the Kapellemarkt (Napoleon’s old stables, by the way…), like not too far from the very center of the city, to be this huge: you can browse through 950m² of antiques, vintage, original lightning, art-deco items, old building materials and so much more!
And when I say “browse”, I rather mean “excavate”: the items inside the shop are just piled-up to the roof or literally hang from the roof! A paradise for antiques lovers.
Do you need to furnish a house from the ground with vintage or antique items? Not a problem, Stef Antiek have you covered: the shop sells old antique building materials like doors & windows, cast iron & fences, antique bathroom equipment, vintage radiators, flooring, vintage garden decoration, old staircases, mantelpieces, blue stone, antique furniture, vintage lighting and other retro decorative items.
I mean, if it’s not there, I don’t where you could find it (or if it even exists). It is just like the cave of Alibaba of my childhood, or since we’re in Belgium, the homeland of Hergé, the cave of Moulinsart castle, stuffed with antique armors, painting and chests…