Hidden Belgium: Brocante de Saint-Pholien

Hidden Belgium: Brocante de Saint-Pholien

The Sunday market in Liège attracts huge crowds who flock to the city from neighbouring Germany and the Netherlands. But there is another, more authentic, local flea market that fills the neighbourhood around the Saint-Pholien church every Friday from 6am to 1pm.

Held along the tree-lined Boulevard de la Constitution, this is the perfect place to hunt for old Ella Fitzgerald records, ceramic ornaments and used Belgian army boots.

The Saint-Pholien church lies in the heart of the Outremeuse quarter where the writer Georges Simenon spent his youth. His 1931 thriller Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien is set in this authentic Liège quarter.

Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.

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