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Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Bruges

't Apostelientje

Bruges overflows with lace vendors, but this sweet little ‘museum shop’ is well off the normal tourist trail. The delicate garments and gifts on sale are made from beautiful and authentic lace, handmade by two siste…
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 …
Top Choice Food in Bruges

Diksmuids Boterhuis

This gorgeously traditional grocery is now surrounded by mainstream boutiques but has been here since 1933. Decked out with red and white gingham flounces and featuring a ceiling hung with sausages, it purveys chees…
Top Choice Vintage in Brussels

Gabriele

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 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 Market in Liège

La Batte

One of Belgium's most vibrant markets, this multicultural affair encompasses cheap designer rip-offs, second-hand gear, food stalls and more along the riverside in the centre of town.
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.
Arts & Crafts in Brussels

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 Brussels

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 pants by Anine Bing. Out back, souvenir hunters will find ceramic…
Homewares in Brussels

Jinzu

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.