Brussels loves to shop
The glitzy arcades of Grand Place and around harbour exquisite jewellery (Antwerp being a European diamond-selling centre), chocolatiers and smart fashions. Here too, are the huge malls and Fnac (123 Rue Neuve) Brussels biggest department store. Fashion boutiques abound in hip St Gery & Ste-Catherine – young graduates of the Antwerp Academy set up the astoundingly successful Stijl label here.
The Brussels Vintage Fair is set in the Halles St Gery on the first Sunday of the month. It’s fun to browse the retro gift stores, flea markets and ethnic boutiques along the higgledy-piggledy streets of the Marolles, while antiques hunters (and chocolate lovers) should head to the grand streets of the Upper Town. In short, you’ll get your fix of great shops – and some – in Brussels.
Striking modern Belgian fashions.
36 Rue Long Vie
Le Boutique Tintin
Everything Hergé is here. Want more? Visit Musée Hergé (Rue du Labrador 26).
Rue de la Colline
Exquisite waffles, cakes and biscuits.
31 Rue au Beurre
One of the finest Belgian Chocolate houses.
Place du Grand Sablon
Single-handedly brought Belgian fashion to the world’s attention.
74 Rue Antoine Dansaert
Haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion.
114 Rue de Flandre
Beautiful vintage clothes and accessories.
25 Rue des Chartreux
More vintage fashion – with the dial turned to ‘kooky’.
57 Rue du vieux Marché aux Grains
Books, comics, postcards and prints.
Rue des Eperonniers 50
Funky chocolate shop-come-teahouse.
24 Rue du Lombard