Top Choice Food in Brussels

Pierre Marcolini

Rare chocolate beans, experimental flavours (eg tea) and designer black-box packaging make Marcolini’s pralines Belgium’s trendiest and most expensive.
Top Choice Market in Brussels

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 Vintage in Brussels


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 Brussels

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 …
Books in Brussels

Boutique Tintin

No prizes for guessing the star of this comic shop, which stocks albums galore and cute merchandise.
Fashion & Accessories in Brussels


A top address, Stilj 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.gustavolin…
Food in Brussels


Belgium’s original – established in 1857. This stunning flagship shop has stained-glass windows and sumptuous displays.
Drinks in Brussels

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 ordinary beers and for bulk purchases, make like the locals …
Drinks in Brussels


Complete with a tasting café, international delivery service and online sales.
Books in Brussels


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