The Sablon District is a neighborhood in Brussels that was once home to the city's elite. In the 15th century, the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon was rebuilt, and it later became the site of royal baptisms. The district began to expand during this time, and more nobles began to call it their home. Soon it was the richest part of the city. In the 19th century, the area was transformed when Rue de la Régence split the Sablon District into two sections. At the beginning of the 20th century, the district began to decline, but in recent years it has become hip again.
Today you can stroll through the cobbled streets of the Sablon District and soak up a little history. Antique and art lovers can enjoy the galleries during the week and find treasures at antique markets on the weekends. The district has also become the perfect place to find Belgian chocolates from names like Godiva, Wittamer, Pierre Marcolini and more. Treat yourself to a nice meal at one of many restaurants in the area, have drinks with friends in the evening, or enjoy a night of dancing.
To explore the Sablon District, go south and west from the Brussels Palace. Notre-Dame du Sablon is located on the corner of Rue de la Régence (Regentschapsstraat) and Rue des Sablons (Grand Sablon). The Petit Sablon tram stop can be reached from lines 92 and 93.