Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Burg, Markt & the North

'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 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 Food in Burg, Markt & the North

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 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 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 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