Must-see shopping in Brussels

  • Top Choice
    Gabriele

    For amazing vintage finds, try eccentric, elegant Gabriele. There’s a gorgeous jumble of cocktail dresses, hats, Chinese shawls and accessories; only…

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    Passa Porta

    This stylish bookshop located down an alley has a small but classy English-language section. Check the website for forthcoming literary events, many of…

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    Place du Jeu-de-Balle Flea Market

    The quintessential Marolles experience is haggling at this chaotic flea market, established in 1919. Weekends see it at its liveliest, but for the best…

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    Place du Châtelain Market

    Fabulous food stalls cluster around an elongated, leafy square at this market. It's a true foodie heaven, featuring cheese, charcuterie, fresh fruit and…

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    Pierre Marcolini

    Rare chocolate beans, experimental flavours (eg tea) and designer black-box packaging make Marcolini’s pralines Belgium’s hippest and most expensive.

  • Stijl

    A top address, Stijl is well stocked with Antwerp Six classic designer ware (Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten) but also features up-to-the-minute…

  • Martin Margiela

    Margiela is often tagged the unofficial seventh member of a group of designers known as the Antwerp Six (he graduated from Antwerp’s fashion academy in…

  • Belge une fois

    Belge une fois is a concept store selling creations by the eponymous designers’ collective. It also sells artefacts, accessories and light fixtures by…

  • Kure

    A temple of affordable fashion, Kure sells cute jumpsuits by Can Pep Rey and Second Female, soft cardigans by Designers Remix and second-skin leather…

  • Jinzu

    Selling handmade Spanish textiles crafted from recycled cotton, Jinzu has rugs, cushions and poufs as well as rattan furniture, rocking chairs and cots…

  • ICON

    A Dansaert landmark, ICON stocks high-class prét-à-porter, with an avant-garde selection of Belgian designers, including Valentine Witmeur Lab, the…

  • Brüsel

    Chic comic-book shop named after a book by one of Belgium's best-known contemporary comic artists, François Schuiten. Comics with English translations…

  • Sterling Books

    English-language bookshop with comfy sofas and a kids’ play area.

  • YAS

    Behind the motto 'You are Superb', YAS concept store boasts mainly French and Scandinavian brands under the impeccable curating eye of image consultant…

  • Gare du Midi Market

    Said to be the biggest market in Europe, this sprawl of colourful stalls next to the railway lines has an international flavour, with North African and…

  • Tropismes

    With its gold-wreath-encircled columns and ornate gilded ceiling, this is about the prettiest bookshop you could imagine. The literary connections are hot…

  • De Biertempel

    As its name states, this shop is a temple to beer, stocking upwards of 700 brews along with matching glasses and other booze-related merchandise. For more…

  • Catherine

    A traditional and welcoming grocery in the heart of town, specialising in artisanal cheeses, several of them organic. You'll also find cured meats and…

  • Planète Chocolat

    Both moulds and chocolates are made on-site. At 4pm on Saturday and Sunday there are praline-making demonstrations explaining chocolate’s development,…

  • Just In Case

    Poetic and feminine garments inspired by the past, with vintage-style shapes in dazzling colours: electric blue, coral and orange.