Brussels

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.

 

Belgikie

Striking modern Belgian fashions.

36 Rue Long Vie

www.belgikie.be

@belgikie

Wooden Shelving Unit with Products in Belgikie shop, Brussels

 

Le Boutique Tintin

Everything Hergé is here. Want more? Visit Musée Hergé (Rue du Labrador 26).

Rue de la Colline

www.boutique.tintin.com

 

Tintin Model in the Tintin Shop, Brussels

 

Dandoy

Exquisite waffles, cakes and biscuits.

31 Rue au Beurre

www.maisondandoy.com

@maisondandoy

Outside image of the Dandoy, Brussels

 

Wittamer

One of the finest Belgian Chocolate houses.

Place du Grand Sablon

www.wittamer.com

Outside image of Wittamer, Brussels Inside image of Wittamer, Brussels

 

Stijl

Single-handedly brought Belgian fashion to the world’s attention.

74 Rue Antoine Dansaert

www.stijl.be

Stijl shop window, Brussels Inside image of Stijl, Brussels

 

Maison Margiela

Haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion.

114 Rue de Flandre

www.maisonmargiela.com

@maisonmargiela

Inside image of Martin Margiela, Brussels Outside image of Martin Margiela Shop, BrusselsMartin Margiela, Brussels

 

Isabelle Bajart

Beautiful vintage clothes and accessories.

25 Rue des Chartreux 

www.isabellebajart.be

Isabelle Bajart mannequin's in windowIsabelle Bajart inside shop

Think Twice

More vintage fashion – with the dial turned to ‘kooky’.

57 Rue du vieux Marché aux Grains

www.thinktwice-secondhand.be

Think Twice Brussels, clothing railsThink Twice Brussels, outside image of shop

Avec Plaizier

Books, comics, postcards and prints.

Rue des Eperonniers 50

www.avecplaizier.be

@avecplaizier

 

Planete Chocolat

Funky chocolate shop-come-teahouse.

24 Rue du Lombard

www.planetechocolat.com/en



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