Discovering the shopping districts of the city centre

Discovering the shopping districts of the city centre

To experience Brussels' city centre intensely, you have to explore its districts, which are so many different atmospheres that make up the Brussels landscape.

Everyone has their own way of life, which can be found in exceptional places, shopping or gourmet delights. They are historical or modern, trendy or classic, but they all have charm to spare, welcoming shops and an assertive Brussels way of life.

They border the largest pedestrian street in Europe, and are all within a stone's throw from each other

Special Grand Départ

Most shops are open on Sunday, July 7, as they are on the first Sunday of each month. And to make your shopping experience even more enjoyable, late opening hours are organized on Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July until 8pm in the rue Neuve district. 

  • Dansaert

    This district, which saw the birth of Brussels in the 10th century, is the centre of design and styling. Dansaert's creators share the same ambitions: quality, originality and creativity. They make this district a reference that extends far beyond our borders. An avant-garde district that carries the torch of Brussels creativity high.

  • Saint-Géry

    Adjacent to Dansaert, the Saint-Géry district offers a wide range of restaurants and cafés around the Halles Saint-Géry. A must for a drink on the terrace, a nice little restaurant, a festive evening.   

  • Chartreux

    The rue des Chartreux is lined with independent shops, full of surprising, unusual, design, unique and qualitative treasures. It is to be discovered gently and intensely. Time seems to stand still....

  • Rue Neuve

    Bordered by squares and passageways, next to the Opera, rue Neuve is home to major international retailers and City 2, the country's largest urban shopping mall.

  • Sainte-Catherine

    The Vismet, and Place Ste-Catherine are the largest restaurants in Brussels specialising in seafood.

    The water resurfaces there, along a path between the quays and the banks of the canal and the district is punctuated by squares that provide pleasant moments of relaxation.

    The rue de Flandres and the rue Sainte-Catherine welcome renowned creators and mouth houses.

  • Grand-Place

    Internationally known for its history, architectural quality and ornamental richness, the Grand-Place with its Town Hall is considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Festive or cultural events reinforce the animation of this district rich in hotels, restaurants, cafés, belgian specialty shops, such as lace and chocolate, and souvenir shops.

    A true architectural and cultural heritage, galleries, passages and alleys invite you to stroll and discover quality shops.

  • Saint-Jacques

    A stone's throw from the Grand Place, the Saint-Jacques district has forged its history thanks to its unique heritage and original personalities, such as the famous Manneken-Pis. A meeting place for the gay community, it offers shops with character, sharp and trendy products, which make it a lively neighbourhood day and night.

  • Marolles

    It is the beating popular heart of the city, always has been. It is here that Breughel lived, whose tomb is located in the Church of the Chapel. We are therefore touching here on the authentic Brussels character: revengeful but not too much, surrealist to the very end of the ideas and full of derisory humour. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere: we chase, we brocante, we bargain and we make beautiful souvenirs, old, vintage or exotic. He lives mainly from Thursday to Sunday and everything is open all weekend... a godsend!

  • Sablon

    Very epicurean neighborhood! A meeting place for antique lovers, this district is full of shops, art galleries and great chocolate makers. On the terraces of the Place du Grand Sablon, the upscale cafés and restaurants are the ideal place to enjoy an epicurean moment. Its intimate atmosphere generates a form of nostalgia, the rhythm is different, no stress, an island of tranquility.

  • Rue de Namur & Boulevard de Waterloo

    Located between the Royal district, the Louise district, the museums, the Sablon and a stone's throw from the Central Station, Rue de Namur and its arteries are full of charm.

    A district in full revival thanks to the dynamism of its merchants, and its high-end boutiques.