All big departement stores (H&M, Hema, Inno, Naf Naf, C&A, Body Shop, Free Record Shop,.......) are in Kapellestraat and Adolf Buylstraat. But don't forget the little streets around, Christinastraat, Louisastraat.
The Alfons Pieterslaan, right in front of the station, also has a lot of shops like GB (supermarket), clothing shopes, and the best skate-snow and surf shop in town Steve's Skate Shop.
Ostend is a good place to buy luxury goods (designer clothes and accessories). Wapenplein is the main square and the principle shopping streets lead off this. Kapellestraat, Ostend's high street, has the Inno department store as well as various stores selling housewares. The main shopping streets are; Adolf Buylstraat, Alfons Pieterslaan, Christinastraat, Kapellestraat and Wapenplein.
The main shopping street in Oostende is a long, pedestrianized thoroughfare lined with the usual mainstream stores such as H&M and Belgium's main department store Galeria Inno. While it's nothing that unique and the architecture is pretty mundane, there's no denying it's a great place to people watch. The day I was there, it was a Thursday afternoon and it was very crowded and bustling with people.
ESSENTIAL for men & women!
This is probably the only shop at the moment where i can find my clothes.
Without this shop I would have to go very far for nice modern clothes...
What to buy: Lots of choice is jeans, jackets, shirts, shorts, skirts,....
Quality brands like Diesel, GSUS Industries, Pépé, Esprit, Mexx and new brands like Sabotage, 2nd Heaven, ...
You find often nice knitwear at reasonable price.
For people who like to dress modern & sportily. Recommended!!!!
Clothes are for male & female and also kids.
Checkout the sales of the beginning of January and after the summer.
You pay half the price.
What to pay: jeans +- €75
shirts +- €50
Where did my souvenirs go? Oh, that’s right I ate them. Now if a store is going to specialize, this is the way to do it… garish lighting and hundreds of bins of sugar treats. If they run out of your favorite treat, there’s a second Candy Shop close by at Vlaanderenstraat 7.
The Fish Market on Visserkaai cotinues the long local tradition in Oostende of Fishermen selling their daily catch in the town. The current fish market has a great position along the Visserkaai beside the harbour where you can watch the comings and goings of boats of all sizes whilst choosing your favourite fish. Opposite there is a wealth of restaurants serving seafood.
What to buy: What to buy? Fish, of course!
Oostende is well-known for its fresh seafood, so it only makes sense to either grab a meal at a seafood restaurant or buy some fish from the fish market. I tried a somewhat disappointing stew here, but the quality of the ingredients and freshness is first-rate.
HA! - VT just doesn't have a category for us smokers and so this is listed under "others".
If your tastes are for the local-ish brands then Ron's is the best bet. There's a "UK" tobacconists on the main drag but they cater for the commonly bought stuff that British visitors are after whilst Ron's carries a much more eclectic range.
Nice shop which smells like a humidor and has pretty much everything that a tobacconist should stock including local mixes and some very good cigars. Service is multi-lingual and friendly and you don't need to buy huge quantities to qualify for a couple of freebie lighters and papers.
What to buy: Tobacco!
What to pay: Pay in Sterling for the best prices.
The biggest shop at our coast with loads of electronic stuff.
Open Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 19.00
Sunday : 10.00 - 18.00u
What to buy: You can almost buy everything from computers, tv's, printers, pda's, gsm, freezers, coffee machines, cameras. They sell also 'cheapest price of the city' material and give 2 years waranty on everything you buy.
What to pay: Average to cheaper prices
Ladies. Is there really a need for a store devoted solely to perfume? Apparently there is, because this shop was doing a solid business late on a weekday. If you don’t make it to Oostende, don’t fret. Planet Parfum is a chain with many outlets across Belgium, particularly in Brussels.
This is one of the newest shops in Ostend with women/men clothes for the generation of 16-36 (or for anyone who feels younger ;)
It has very modern brands like GSUS industries, AEM'KEI, .... It's a sort of funky/extravagant shop.
What to buy: Tops, sunglasses, swimwear, pants, shoes, nightlife clothes, skate-stuff,... lots of choice, worth a visit.
A nice new shop with modern clothes for male/female (not only jeans!)
What to buy: Nice shirts with long sleeves, jeans, jackets,...
Only-Xx Mexx-Jack&Jones-Garcia-Tom Tail
What to pay: Average prices
Although I found Oostende a bit overdevloped residentially and seasidey it does have some cracking shops. A wander through the town centre gives you every sort of shopping experience possible from designer stuff, major chain stores and some lovely quirky little individuals.
The main shopping street seems to be the Kappellstraat which runs through the town centre and the parallel and cross streets have equally enticing options - it's quite a small town centre and so everything is within strolling distance.
I haven't caught the town on market day (Thursday, I think) but judging by my morning walk-around that should be a good day to visit. The fish market down on the quay is open mornings six days a week if you're self-catering and fancy the best of the fresh get up early!
I was especially impressed by the window displays of the charcuteries and patisseries - loads of mouth-wateringly inviting edibles.
Unfortunately no time this visit to try them out - Ha! Another reason for a revisit!
What to buy: By all accounts this is the place to shop on the Belgian coast and it all looked good to me.
What to pay: Depends what you buy obviously.
For shopping there is the Kappellestraat, Adolf Buylstraat, Witte Nonnestraat (which are all traffic-free). There is also the Alfons Pieterslaan and the Torhoutsesteenweg, where you can shop the whole year through.
This shop only sells bears, so if you are a fan, this is the place to be.
What to buy: bears and dolls, tapestry trowns and pillows, greeting cards, And the brands Steiff, Boyds (bearstones, dolls and teddybears), Dean's, Cliff Richard, Russ, Kaloo, Gund....;;