Tempted by a Brussels shopping adventure? All your wishes will come true!
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 mythical district
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, Francis Ferent, Natan, Degand, Cachemire Coton et Soie, Kenzo, Lancel, Sandro, Maje, and more.
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: Maison Margiela, Valérie Berckmans, Stijl, Gabriele Vintage, Hoet Optiek, Zadig et Voltaire, Niyona, Conni Kaminski, Hunting & Collecting, Isabelle Bajart, Think Twice, Komono, Icon and more.
A stone’s throw from the Grand-Place, the Saint-Jacques district is a dynamic location where more and more designer boutiques are making waves. Here, you can find vintage items, cutting-edge fashion, made-to-measure, accessories and more.
Sablon et Marolles
Le Sablon et les Marolles are known as much for their antique and vintage shops as for their chocolate makers, some of whom have a more gourmet offering than others.
Negotiate every day the prices of your ‘treasures' from 6 am. till 2pm. (weekend till 3pm.), at the flea market on Place du Jeu de Balle/Vossenplein. 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, Charlotte aux Pommes, Patrick Roger, Leysen, Costermans, Flamant Home Interior, Baobab, Au Bon Repos, Marcolini, Espace 161, Lunetier Ludovic, Melting Pot, Frederik Blondeel, Foxhole vintage, Belge une fois and more.
Small unique boutiques, restaurants and cafés, the Bailli/Châtelain neighbourhood offers you a shopping trip far from the more commercial avenues.
Brussels covered galleries and shopping centres
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
These prestigious landmarks are the oldest market galleries in Europe and have a variety of cutting-edge shops. A stunning setting where good taste is assured.
Weather forecast to rain on your parade? Come to City 2, the major shopping mall in the heart of the city, or to the Galeries de la Toison d'Or, Galerie Anspach, 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. A cruise liner with eco-friendly architecture that offers moments of enjoyment and conviviality at the canal's edge.
The city’s main shopping streets dedicated to fast fashion
Zara, H&M, Pimkie, Berschka, Benetton, Promod, Primark, Mango, Celio, Naf-Naf, Esprit, etc. 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 Soignes Forest. (Bus : 43, 123, 136, 137)
La Place Brugmann with its Parisian atmosphere and its exclusive boutiques where the impulse purchase is never far away. (Tram : 92, Bus : 60)
Le Vert Chasseur, at the exit from the Bois de la Cambre, offering the pleasure of finding unique articles. (Bus : 41, 123, 136, 137)