Top Choice Market in Saint-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Place du Châtelain Market

Fabulous food stalls cluster around an elongated, leafy square at this market. Cheese, charcuterie, fresh fruit and veg, seasonal fodder – truffles, mushrooms, berries and so on – a Middle Eastern food van, Turkish …
Top Choice Vintage in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré


For amazing vintage finds, try eccentric, elegant Gabriele. There’s a gorgeous jumble of cocktail dresses, hats, Chinese shawls and accessories; only original clothes from the ’20s to the ’80s are stocked.
Top Choice Market in Royal Quarter

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 bargains, head here early morning midweek.
Top Choice Food in Royal Quarter

Pierre Marcolini

Rare chocolate beans, experimental flavours (eg tea) and designer black-box packaging make Marcolini’s pralines Belgium’s trendiest and most expensive.
Arts & Crafts in Royal Quarter

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 other Belgian designers. Expect everything from simple postcards…
Fashion & Accessories in Saint-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle


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 pants by Anine Bing. Out back, souvenir hunters will find ceramic…
Fashion & Accessories in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré


A Dansaert landmark, ICON stocks high-class prét-à-porter, with an avant-garde selection of Belgian designers including Valentine Witmeur Lab, the transgressive Filles à Papa and Wehve wool knits
Homewares in Royal Quarter


Selling handmade Spanish textiles crafted from recycled cotton, Jinzu has rugs, cushions and poufs as well as rattan furniture, rocking chairs and cots. The ceramic creations on sale are made by Eloïse Bonehill.
Homewares in Saint-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle


This former garage is now a concept store selling ceramic cacti holders, handmade Italian sunglasses and minimal Scandinavian furniture pieces. Its small corner café serves a mean quiche and good coffee too.
Gifts & Souvenirs in Saint-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle


Forget Ali Baba’s cave, Rose is an embarrassment of homeware riches from pineapple lamps and hand-embroidered Macon & Lesquoy pins to leather birthday cards and Unicorn-scented room fragrance sprays.