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    De Slegte (former POLARE): Second Hand Books

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Mar 19, 2014

    It was a little strange to find De Slegte bookstore at Brussels. It was not my goal to travel to the belgium capital to find Dutch shops, but I encountered some.

    Well, De Slegte is not a bad place to visit, even in Brussels. As usual we walked out with a couple of books.

    The store is a real De Slegte one. The inventory is spread over multiple floors and rooms, not a straight interior, but one with many corners and hidden spaces.

    In June 2013 the name of the stores was changed into POLARE. That only lasted a year whereafter the 8 Belgium stores were bought by their previous owner and will continued as De Slegte again.

    Businesshours:
    Mo-Sa: 9.30AM - 6PM

    What to buy: BOOKS!

    De Slegte (at the left) - Brussels
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    Just a flower shop: Expensive flowers and plants.

    by ATLC Written May 7, 2013

    When you are from The Netherlands, like I am, you are used to flowers and plants being quite cheap. In other countries, even an hour over the border in Belgium it is expensive!

    What to buy: What NOT to buy may be the motto here. This little lemon tree cost 149 euro. I looked it up on a Dutch website and if you want the largest (in a pot), fruit carrying one, you come to only 50 euro!

    Same goes for these very common little purple plants. At 8.50 euro I find it ridiculous. No more than about 2 euro (possibly less) in my country!

    What to pay: Too much!

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    what to buy in Brussels: what to buy in Brussels

    by mindcrime Written Oct 25, 2012

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    The main interest for us was chocolates of course, Belgium is famous for some top quality chocolates and produces more than 200,000 tones of chocolate every year!! We tasted many different ones and although we bough some for friends back home we kept checking the numerous chocolate stores, we were already addicted to them, especially the pralines (filled chocolates)
    Prices vary from one to other but also the quality, of course in most cases what you will get will be 3 times better than anything you have tasted back home :) In every chocolate stores they had boxes with mixed pralines but also empty ones where you could choose the types you like most.

    Another typical item from Belgium is beer of course, so many different beers and most of them with great taste, blond, amber, dark ones, trappiest, limbic, blanche etc I tried many of them in pubs but we also bough some in local super markets. At the airport they also sell boxes of beers that may include a typical beerglass too. Don’t forget that the Belgians never drink from the bottle but from an appropriate glass according to the type of the beer.

    For clothes the pedestrian street rue Neuve was full mainly mainstream brands and chain stores and you can find there 2 shopping centers (City2 and Galeria Inoo). For upscale clothing take your big wallet and check avenue Louise.

    Of course there are the typical souvenir stores too with lots of tacky things, magnets, bags, umbrellas, cups, glasses and so many other things with the word Brussels on them or the shape of the naked boy :) The area near Manekken Pis is full of them

    Another nice souvenir is to buy a local comic strip book, Belgium is famous for Tintin, smurfs, Lucky Luke etc

    Waffle with chocolate is also popular in Brussels and bough at least one each day.

    At Sablon Antiques Center that is located at Place du Grand Sablon you can find a lot of antique items (very expensive though). There must be some open air markets too but we didn’t have to visit any of them.

    beers belgian bisquits Sablon Antiques Center Tintin and smurfs

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    Record Gallery: Second Hand records

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 11, 2011

    Record Gallery is the best record shop I found in Brussels. Next to a nice selection of mainstream records, there are many smaller special collector ones, stowed away everywhere. To me the section around the stairs was most interesting.

    The owner has a lot of knowledge and will help you in any way he can.

    What to buy: Special items off the main stream (Radio, TV or movie ones).

    Record Gallery - Interior Record Gallery Record Gallery
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  • Tintin: Value for Money?

    by sabsi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I walk into a Tintin shop everytime I am in Brussels or Belgium - and so far I have come out of it again empty handed almost everytime. The stuff they sell is incredibly nice and I would love to have some things, even though I never was a huge Tintin fan, but the prices just shock me everytime I visit.

    What to buy: The cuddly Milou has been on my to-have-list for a long time already! My sister still wants the big rocket! I bought her the T-Shirt and the keychain once, they were rather affordable.

    What to pay: A huge plastic rocket in red and white 3000 EURO
    A small plastic rocket in red and white 400 EURO
    Plates in Tintin Design 100 EURO
    Walking in and just having a look PRICELESS

    A tintintree

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    La Maison d'Egypte - Egyptian House: For bellydancers ...

    by Bigjones Updated Apr 4, 2011

    All you need for bellydancing : belts, costumes, accessories, pearls, jewelry, etc.

    If you can't find what you want there, may be you'll find it at Bella in Gent, they have a bigger choice.

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    Cheese and Chocolate: Local Delicacies

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Belgium is known for it's chocolate and it's cheese is pretty good two!

    There are plenty of shops though out Brussels where you can pick up some of the local goodies.

    Enjoy - you're on holidays!

    What to buy: Godiva and Leonidas chocolates

    cheese please
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    Magritte Gallery: The World of Magritte

    by gordonilla Updated Mar 3, 2011

    A commercial venture with some good examples of the work of René Magritte - the venue is small but has a good stock of postcards and books.

    Closed on Mondays to mirror the opening hours of the Museums in the city.

    Exterior

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  • chocolates

    by euskaldun Written Sep 21, 2010

    Hi,

    If you like proper chocolate, I would also advise Pierre Marcolini, as well as Wittamer. Both have stores on the Grand Sablon Square but are expensive. Neuhaus is much cheaper and is all throughout the city, even at the airport, as well as other brands such as Godiva or Galler. Leonidas is even cheaper, but it is equally fine. All these brands are more focused on pralines and truffles, however.

    Enjoy your chocolates.

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    Hours of Shopping

    by rajiv00 Written Oct 21, 2009

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    Most shops and malls are open till 6pm or 6.30pm and till 7pm on Fridays. Saturdays they are open from approx. 10am to 6pm. Sunday EVERYTHING is closed. however, on sundays, Midi Market (near Midi station) is an open market that sells just about anything (like a Sunday market)

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    Hours of Shopping

    by rajiv00 Written Oct 21, 2009

    Most shops and malls are open till 6pm or 6.30pm and till 7pm on Fridays. Saturdays they are open from approx. 10am to 6pm. Sunday EVERYTHING is closed. however, on sundays, Midi Market (near Midi station) is an open market that sells just about anything (like a Sunday market)

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    Au Grand Rasoir: No Good If You're Flying With Carry-on Luggage!

    by johngayton Written Oct 4, 2009

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    This is charcterful little specialist shop, established 1821 and probably unchanged since. Au Grand Rasoir stocks only two types of item: knives and razors. I didn't actually go in but just window shopping gives an idea of the vast range available, traditional and modern, and I did notice that they stock a few of my favourites. So I now know where to go when I need replacements - good job I travel by Eurostar!

    Shopfront Window Shopping

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    The Brussels Card.

    by Maurizioago Updated May 30, 2009

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    If you are going to visit some museums ( I mean at least four of them) you could buy a Brussels Card.

    This card gives you free of charge access to 30 museums in the city and free use of public means of transports ( bus, tram and metro); except on some lines and night buses.

    Once you bought your card you are given a booklet; a kind of tourist guide with several coupons to get discounts at many cafes, restaurants and attractions.

    You can buy a Brussels Card valid for 24, 48 or 36 hours

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    Davidoff: Where To Get Your Smokes!

    by johngayton Updated May 10, 2009

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    Yes, I notice there isn't a VT "Appropriate Type of Shop " for tobacconists, which is fine. But in the all out war against us smokers I find that the Davidoff.com site has been rendered inaccessible from the UK by whatever powers that be - the text I get is "We are sorry but due to UK legislation we are not allowed anymore to show you our Website www.davidoff.com. Thank you for your understanding." Worrying censorship :(

    However Belgium remains one of the staunchest smokers allies in the modern Europe and whilst restaurants and many other public places are now entirely smoke-free the bars are still smoke-friendly and the tobacco prices amongst the cheapest in western Europe.

    Davidoff may be posh-looking (and certainly has some upscale accessories) but is as good as a tobacconist as you'll find with friendly, multi-lingual staff, and a pleasant laid-back service style.

    What to buy: SMOKES!

    What to pay: CHEAP!

    Davidoff on la Paille
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    Avenue Louise: For The Upmarket Clothes Shops

    by johngayton Updated May 8, 2009

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    Avenue Louise is Brussels' most prominent shopping street outside of the city centre and stretches for 2.7 kilometres between Place Louise (just after the law courts) and the park of Bois de la Cambre.

    This is where all the posh shops are, housed in a variety of architectually interesting buildings whose styles range from the Neoclassical to the Art Deco, with a few modern edifices thrown in. The avenue was constructed in the mid 1800's with the intention of being a magnificent chestnut tree lined boulevard but the section immediately after the Place Louise never did get its trees.

    As well as the various designer fashion shops there are also numerous side-streets with restaurants and bars (both upmarket and not) which are well worth seeking out if you want to get a bit off-the-beaten-tourist-path.

    For a taste of the history and architecture visit the link below (in French btw).

    What to pay: Lots!

    Shopping! Typical Shop! The Tree-lined Bit The Bit Before The Trees Another Typical Shop
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