Vintage stuff: Belgium’s biggest flea market

Tongeren, Belgium’s oldest town founded in the first century AD, is also home to a vast and fascinating flea market. Perfect for a weekend treasure hunt

I wake on Sunday morning in Tongeren like a kid on Christmas morning, wondering what goodies are waiting for me. This is the oldest town in Belgium, just 90 minutes from Brussels, and happily also hosts the biggest weekly antiques market in the Benelux region.

Wandering out of Hotel Eburon – a modern design showcase fashioned from an old convent – the first thing I see is a woman in traditional Flemish costume, helping attract browsers to the vintage farmhouse paraphernalia she has spread out around her. In a nearby square, cafes offer coffee and pastries – plus morning beer (hey, this is Belgium) – to shoppers pausing from treasure hunting.

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