This year, when it comes to shopping, it’s Brussels-made or nothing. The capital is bursting with independent businesses where you can find THE unique gift that is guaranteed to please.
Brussels' shops once again pull out all the stops and decorate themselves for the holiday season as shop windows twinkle and the streets smell of hot chocolate. The capital is full of independent boutiques where you can find THE unique gift for that special someone this Christmas.
We start with a tour of the upper and lower parts of the city in search of the ideal fashion accessory. We recommend, among others: Bel'Arte, Belge once, Ernest, Manneke and Belgikië. Then a short stroll through the Sablon or Royal Saint-Hubert galleries to buy quality chocolate and speculoos biscuits. There is no shortage of great places: Pierre Marcolini, Laurent Gerbaud, Mary, Frédéric Blondeel, Maison Dandoy or Wittamer. For those who want to bring back some Belgian beers as gifts, head to one of Brussels’ many specialised shops like Biertempel, Beer Mania and Malt Attacks. For a lasting, ethical gift, make your way down to Yuman not far from Avenue Louise.
To round of your day, visit one of the capital's many comic strip bookshops like Brüsel, Multi BD, La Maison de la Bande Dessinée and Le Dépôt BD.