Brussels shopping

Top Choice Vintage in Grand Place & 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 St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

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 veg, seasonal fodder – truffles, mushrooms, berries and so on …
Top Choice Books in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré

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 which are hosted in English. In the spirit of Victor Hugo, the …
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 Chocolate in Royal Quarter

Pierre Marcolini

Rare chocolate beans, experimental flavours (eg tea) and designer black-box packaging make Marcolini’s pralines Belgium’s hippest and most expensive.
Fashion & Accessories in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré


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 designers, including Haider Ackermann, Gustavo Lins (www.gustavoli…
Market in Brussels

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 Mediterranean spices, cheeses, meats, clothing, leather goods a…
Fashion & Accessories in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré

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 1980). Shoes, accessories and men’s and women’s body-skimming f…
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…
Books in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré


With its gold-wreath-encircled columns and ornate gilded ceiling, this is about the prettiest bookshop you could imagine. The literary connections are hot too: this is where the exiled Victor Hugo visited his lover/…