Looking to do some shopping in Brussels? You'll find everything you could wish for!
The city has many neighbourhoods, each with their own vibe. We start downtown, where exclusive designers and boutiques await you. For luxury, both of a local and more exotic flavour, head up to the capital's heights. Don't forget to take a little detour through the districts filled with big franchise stores (rue Neuve, chaussée d’Ixelles, chaussée de Gand, etc.). There really is something for all tastes and budgets!
Your day's shopping would not be complete without a visit to the many covered galleries and shopping centres (very convenient, especially with autumn just getting under way): from Europe's oldest covered gallery to the brand new shopping district that has dropped anchor at the canal.
The more inquiring among you can also expand your adventure to include the "nugget boutiques" waiting to be explored in the outskirts of the city, in poetically-named districts. Ready? Set? …. Shop till you drop!
The city centre and its legendary districts
Paris has its Champs Elysées, New York has its Fifth Avenue, and Brussels has its Avenue Louise and Boulevard de Waterloo. International brands are widely represented alongside Belgium's top-tier establishments.
Too good to miss: Delvaux, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Prada, Tod’s, Vuitton, Wolfers, Tiffany’s, Diane Von Furstenberg, Max Mara, Serneels, Crossword, Hall of Time, Natan, Degand, Cachemire Coton et Soie, Kenzo, Lancel, Sandro, Maje, Senteurs d'ailleurs, Guerlain...
The chic Dansaert district hosts original contemporary fashion projects at a number of bold venues. Multi-brand boutiques provide the most sought-after labels, from Dries Van Noten to Comme des Garçons. Meanwhile, a host of young designers' boutiques-cum-studios offer their own personal and surprising styles. www.downtowndansaert.be
Too good to miss: Valérie Berckmans, Café Costume, Stijl, Gabriele Vintage, Hoet Optiek, Zadig et Voltaire, Niyona, Hunting & Collecting, Els Vansteelandt, Isabelle Bajart, Think Twice, Ernest, Essentiel Antwerp, Bel'Arte, Komono, Icon...
A stone’s throw from the Grand-Place, the Saint-Jacques district is a dynamic area where more and more designer boutiques are making waves. Here, you can find vintage items, cutting-edge fashion, made-to-measure, accessories and more.
Too good to miss: Conni Kaminski, Ramon & Valy, Sessùn, Effet Mérité, Moirés, PriveJoke, Lady Paname...
Sablon and the Marolles
The Sablon and the Marolles are known as much for their antique and vintage shops as for their gourmet chocolate makers.
Every day, you can negotiate the prices of your ‘treasures' from 6:00 until 14:00 (until 15:00 at weekends), at the flea market on Place du Jeu de Balle/Vossenplein. It's a unique experience In Brussels! This area also welcomes more and more young designer boutiques where you can shop at affordable prices.
Too good to miss: Wittamer, Dinh Van, Leysen, Costermans, Flamant Home Interior, Baobab, Au Bon Repos, Marcolini, CoCo Donuts, Lunetier Ludovic, Melting Pot, Foxhole vintage, Belge une fois, Crevette Records, Balades Sonores, Urban Therapy, Les Savons de Lyna, L'Atelier en Ville...
Small unique boutiques, restaurants and cafes, the Bailli-Châtelain neighbourhood offers you a shopping trip far from the more commercial avenues.
Too good to miss: Hopono, Chouke, Lilù, Mook's, AXL store, Coucou Shop...
Brussels covered galleries and shopping centres
Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries
These prestigious landmarks are the oldest market galleries in Europe and have a variety of high-end shops. A stunning setting where fine taste is guaranteed.
Is the weather forecast to rain on your parade? Come to City 2, the major shopping mall in the heart of the city, or to the Toison d'Or Galleries, Galerie Anspach, Basilix Shopping Center, Woluwé Shopping Centre, or its cousin, Westland Shopping Centre. Docks Bruxsel is another alternative. This brand new shopping centre combines leisure, commerce, food, culture and fun. Its eco-friendly architecture offers pleasant moments and conviviality at the canal's edge.
The city's main shopping streets dedicated to the major ready-to-wear brands
Uniqlo, Weekday, Cos, & Other Stories, Arket, Zara, H&M, Pimkie, Berschka, Promod, Primark, Mango, Naf-Naf, Esprit, Jennyfer, Kiabi... you’ll find these big names in every major city. Brussels is no exception, with shopping streets like Rue Neuve and Chaussée d’Ixelles housing a huge concentration of international chains.
Exclusive venues at the city limits
Fort Jaco and its original boutiques, nestled in the periphery of the majestic Sonian Forest (Bus : 43, 123, 136, 137).
La Place Brugmann with its Parisian atmosphere and its exclusive boutiques where that little gem you fall in love with is never far away (Tram : 92, Bus : 60).
Le Vert Chasseur, at the exit of the Bois de la Cambre, offers you the chance to find unique articles (Bus: 41, 123, 136, 137).