Anita from The Brusselsprouts, a blog about amazing things to do in Brussels, gives us her guide to finding some of the best shops in her favorite city.
Brussels is a great city for shopping and it fits every style and budget. Some shopping streets are widely known, such as rue Neuve (more wallet-friendly) or the Louise area (upscale and pricier). But the true gems can be found elsewhere – shops that offer designer clothes for the ones who prefer to wear quality pieces rather than the mass prêt-à-porter you come across at every corner. Here is a selection of 10 shops that deserve a visit if you are looking to complete your capsule wardrobe.
Kure is a must for the effortlessly elegant. There are two concept stores in Dansaert and Louise, both with a beautiful selection of monochromatic pieces from luxury brands such as the super blogger Sincerely Jules’ clothing range and the Belgian duo from Can Pep Rey. Kure is a perfect spot for top quality basics; from Iro tee-shirts to Can Pep Rey cotton dresses. Anine Bing’s collection is a highlight with incredible shoes, delicate, lacy underwear and beautiful fabrics. If you are into simple lines, clean design and luxurious fabrics with a Scandinavian feel, we have the Kure for you.
Rue Antoine Dansaert 48 & Avenue Louise 78
Mellow Concept Store
Rue Bailli is a great shopping street and a must visit when in Brussels. I recommend brunch in one of the Chatelain cafés followed by a shopping spree on Bailli- a perfect way to spend a Saturday. MellowMellow is a concept store in and offers clothes, accessories and some small furniture pieces. This is a shop for the daring urban gal where she can spruce up her shoes with Aurélie Chadaine’s colorful fringes and get one of the chameleonesque Versa Versa bags. If you’re looking for an easy-going and fresh look, take a tour to Mellow.
Rue du Bailli 100 & Rue de Doyenné 79B
Chouke is all about the Romantic French touch and just 100m further down Bailli street. Here you will find super cute pieces in floral prints and lace tops, from French brands like Andy & Lucy, La Petite Française, FRNCH or See u soon. They also have some pretty cool summer shoes by Kanna, graphic jewellery from Judith Benita, classic pants from Lab Dip, and all the beach accessories you could want. The romantic among you should definitely give Chouke a try.
Rue du Bailli 25
La crème (de la crème of Reservoir shop)
If you’re in the Flagey neighborhood there are definitely some worthy addresses to check out. Belga is a great place for a drink or you can grab a ramen bowl at Umamido. La crème, on rue Lesbroussart is also definitely worth checking out. La crème is the classier sister of Reservoir shop, which is just steps away. Where the Reservoir shop is better known for its street style clothes and huge sneaker selection, La crème is perfect for the dandy chic and has a great selection of trench coats. Brands stocked include Libertine, Hope, Won Hundred and Uniform for the Dedicated.
Rue Lesbroussart 41b
Bonnie & Jane
The Brugmann area has many great restaurants and neo-cantines like ICI and Chez Franz and also has a selection of real gems on the fashion front too. Bonnie & Jane is a lovely concept shop on rue Darwin just next door to ICI. Bonnie & Jane is for the bohemian chic kind of shopper; it’s full of beautiful pieces from designers like Spanish duo Masscob, rustic-chic Italian brand Momoni, and high-end cotton pieces by Fine Collection. While you’re there, pay a visit to its neighbor M32 to check out Mathilde Danglade’s gorgeous jewellery and then pop in for a healthy lunch at ICI.
Rue Darwin 34
A suivre is another concept store selling a wide range of brands from Belgium and abroad. Love at first sight is guaranteed. You will love the super rad creations by the O’Ren boys known for their epic ‘Petit Belge’ and ‘Belgique Belchique’ statement sweaters and you might fall for Virginie Morobe’s latest “Renaissance Anarchy” footwear collection, inspired by the Tudor Dynasty. In winter, they sell Wehve’s woollen creations and in warmer times, trendy accessories with exotic prints, like the ones from Maison Baluchon. Be prepared to spend between anywhere between 100 and 400€.
Rue Dansaert 101
Icon is an emblem of the Brussels fashion scene. Conservative souls should keep out as the pieces in this shop are audacious and avant-garde. You can shop sequin-rock looks and subversive statements of the Belgian Filles à Papa; timeless garments by ACNE; and Isabel Marant’s French elegance and beautiful knitwear. Prices are a tad higher here than in other stores but considering the uniqueness of the clothes, it may be worth breaking the piggy bank.
Place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains 5
Hunting and Collecting
Hunting and Collecting falls somewhere between a concept store and an art gallery, where happenings and gatherings are commonplace. This is a shop for the bold fashionistas who are not afraid to wear provocative and extravagant pieces that will turn heads. Brands like Kenzo, Stine Goya, Carven and Kokoon can be found here but they don’t come cheap!
Rue des Chartreux 17
Belge une fois
Arthur and Natacha are two graphic and production designers who put together their crazy imaginations to create clothes and accessories with humoristic statements of all things Belgian. You will find t-shirts, badges, pins, sweats and more, all adorned with phrases like “Je suis Belge, don’t be jealous” or “Baraki”. This is a great place if you’re looking for an original souvenir to bring back from Belgium or just a fun bold piece to brighten up your wardrobe.
Rue Haute 89
A secret address for the Scandinavian lovers. Caroline is a veteran of the Danish fashion industry and knows the country like the back of her hand. She roams the streets of Copenhagen to choose pieces from various Danish brands and curates her secluded shop beautifully. Nordikk is a personalised experience and the shopping is done on appointment to suit the client’s schedule or during the shop’s open days. Caroline likes to create a personal relationship with her clients and helps them choose the right cut, texture and colour. There are garments for every wallet, ranging from 50 to 500€. Expect an easy-chic allure with special attention to quality, sustainability and comfort.
Rue Berkendael 104
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