Set aside some serious time for shopping in Brussels and be sure to wear some sensible shoes on those cobbled streets!
Shopping in Brussels
Belgium is at the forefront of international fashion and design, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Brussels has become somewhat of a paradise for the serious shopper. There are plenty of shopping streets and galleries, both in the upper and lower parts of town. In any case, the words to look for are soldes or solden – which mean ‘sales’! (twice a year, in January and July).
Take a walk along Rue Antoine Dansaert Straat and the surrounding area to discover the heart of the Brussels’ fashion and design world with the largest concentration of avant-garde designers and fashion boutiques.
The Avenue Louise is one long chic catwalk of famous fashion brands, including big international names like Chanel, Vuitton, Hermes, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and Christian Dior. The first section is one of the most attractive shopping districts in the city, with prestigious as well as more affordable shops clustered around the large department store Innovation.
If you are looking for bargains, head to the lower city around Rue Neuve/Nieuwstraat in the city center. It is one of the most bustling of Brussels’ shopping areas that stretches all the way up to Rue des Fripiers.
Built in 1847, Gallerie St. Hubert is a gorgeous, glass roofed arcade in the center of town, lined with cafes, theaters and luxury stores. It’s brimming with luxurious shops like the Neuhaus chocolaterie and beautiful antique shops.
Antique lovers should visit the Sablon for an amazing choice of antique shops and galleries but bargain hunters may prefer a visit to the weekend antique market. Equally popular is the daily flea market on the Place de Jeu de Balle in the Marolles district. Be prepared to bargain hard and then rest your feet in one of the many cafés nearby.