Shopping Malls & Streets, Brussels
This is my favorite in Brussels.
It's a chain of shops, specialised in overstocks at low prices.
There's a seperate shop for men,women,kids,and a sport division. Every shop has 3 floors !
You find there shoes for half the price (35 euros max instead of 70 from Italy,Hedgren,...),jackets,shirts,skirts,socks,underwear,beachwear,nightwear,practically everything.
Brands like: Dolce & Gabana, Gianfranco Ferre, Cerruti Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, G-Star, Miss Sixty,..... too much to name.
You can easily find quality jeans/shirts from those brands at 50% reduction!
There are also clothes that are less nice, but that is not important.
It's great fun discovering those superb clothes from the great brands, that you would never buy because of the high price, and now you find them at bargain prices.
When you almost arrive at this shop you see lots of people passing with the famous big 'Dodds' shopping bags (see picture)
You can easily come out of the shop completely new clothed, with 2 full bags and a pair of new shoes :-)
Sometimes you don't find anything,but that is lucky enough not so often.
Then you can always go to the New Street, there you will find definitely something!
What to buy: Jeans
Jackets + leather jackets
What to pay: :-) bargains bargains bargains :-)
Clothes for Men/Women/Kids & Lingerie +- 6 shops in this area
There is first a Dod Junior on the left, further on the left a Dod Women, Dod Lingerie, and in the end of the Baljuwstraat on the right a Dod Men.
There is also another Dod Men shop in Louisalaan 228 i read.
It is said that these have to be the best Dodd's cause all these are in the Louisalaan area, and they have to adapt their selection of clothes for the local people.
The Dodd Men shop is not so big as the one from the Madou area, but it's fun to wander around this neighbourhood.
What to buy: Famous brands, like CK One, Versace, DKNY, Gotcha, Diesel, ... and many more for a cheap price! They are new overstocks from previous season(s) but aren't necessarily out of fashion!
What to pay: For example : around 50 euros for a brand like DKNY trouser
About 69 euros - 200 euros for a nice design jacket or leather.
The Nieuwstraat is offcourse the most famous shoppingstreet in Brussels cause you arrive there directly by train in Brussels central. You are almost absorbed by the mass of inhabitants and tourists.
Personally I don't like this street so much. It's too busy and too mainstream.
The rent for this street is €250.000 a month and most small shops or boutiques cannot pay this. You find there only the big metropolitan shops like 4 H&M's!!! Mexx Esprit Matinique C&A Inno ....
The 'better' and more exclusive boutiques cannot pay this and settle somewhere else.
Like the Antoine Dansaert area or other streets.
If you want no mainstream clothes, special designers clothes, I advise you not to go there, or if so, max. 1 hour or 2. Brussels is a big city and you can spend your time in better areas.
What to buy: Clothes that you find everywhere in the world, the same H&M Zara Mexxx .... stores as in your country as a tourist.
Visit the famous Louisalaan if you are into designer clothes and original boutiques.
I know it's not cheap, but sometimes it's better that you buy something more expensive & originale that lasts longer than the mainstream clothes.
Especially adviced in the sales period -30% -50% on nice knitwear.
You have a Olivier Strelli shop, Gucci, Versace and many many more, also side-streets.
Worth a visit!
If you want these clothes but don't want to pay so much, visit the Baljuwstraat (Dodd stores). They sell the overstock from the past years from these brands also.
What to buy: Original designers knitwear
What to pay: more than average but sometimes worth
Women's clothes; men's clothes; children's clothes; shoes of several brands.
Dod stores are specialized in selling NEW pieces of cloth of discountinued lines. At beginning of collection year, they order, at workshops and textile plants, large quantities that other boutiques had not taken. And sell them at lower price. So, it is very interesting to buy there items that are part of current collection. Collections of past months are even cheaper (not old-fashioned at all)
Two addresses: on Rue du Bailli 91 in St-Gilles (Bailli area) and on Chaussée de Louvain 16+44 in Saint-Josse (Madou area)
What to buy: Women's clothes; men's clothes; children's clothes; shoes of several brands.
Casual wear - Under wear - Business cloth - Shoes and even gown for your New year's eve.
Since I spent a significant amount of time shopping in Brussels I have to list it as an attraction unto itself. I did my shopping on rue Neuve, which is only a short walk to the Grand place-the attraction that is usually number one on people's lists to see. The street is pedestrian only and while the clothing and department stores aren't exactly Cartier and Burberry, they're good for inexpensive trends if you're on a budget. It's also a nice place to people watch and I foudn several small cafes tucked into little corners that were uncrowded and cheap.
If you want to go shopping for clothes, you have several possibilities:
* the most known brands, you will find in the Nieuwstraat (Rue neuve)
* designers: around Dansaert, Kartruizer, ..
* if you want to spend a lot of money, go to Louiza ;-)
Galeries Saint Hubert gather Galeries du Roi and Galeries de la Reine. They are located between Rue du Marché aux Herbes and Rue de l'Ecuyer.
Apart from a luxury shopping, they are worth a glance thanks to glass and metal ceiling... Setting was built in 1847.
* Delvaux : Belgian designed leather goods (supplier of Royal family)
* Tropismes "Jean Neuhaus" boutique, this used to be the first location of Neuhaus boutique. Belgian praline was discovered by a druggist by working on a good-tasting anti-cough. His pharmacy was located in same premices as Jean Neuhaus boutique.
* Home decoration pieces: linen, cushions...
I personnally like jewelry outlets in these Galeries though I do not remember their names (I'll check):
* A shop of ancient jewelry (bijoux anciens).. those old big emerald or ruby rings..
* Another shop for pricey broches. I saw there a Chanel (vintage probably?) green broche or other camelia broche too.
* Also an outlet that sells unique pieces from India and sub-region (Turquoise and coral necklaces and rings, gold discus earrings). Gorgeous!! I love those ...
What to buy: Luxury goods
What to pay: Depends! Have a look instead!
Area southwest of Grand Place,
Rue Marche and the main Rue Anspach are filled with proper shoppes,
serving the exclusives,
from clothes to shoes to personal products.
This area is one of my favourite spots in the world to shop...
and people fly from around the world to shop in my town...so that's saying alot.
What to buy: anything you can afford!
This is how we live in the modern world,no?
What to pay: Above MSRP,but the exclusivity of many products means that they need not apply to "suggested"prices.
The 'rue Antoine Dansert' is, in Brussels, THE street where you can find the best belgian stylists: Annemie Verbeke, Stijl (Dries Van Noten, and many others), Olivier Strelli, Nicole Cadine, Izi Bogam,... Also other countries: Marithé François Gribaud, Rue Blanche...
What to buy: Clothes... of course!! But also restaurants as La Kasbah, Bonsoir Clara or Le Pain Quotidien.
What to pay: Don't forget your money: all you can find here is expensive... but so beautiful
Brussels has international brands' boutiques. See them on Rue Neuve with City2 mall and Inno department store (downtown).
For more sophisticated and pricey clothing, rather go to Bd de Waterloo, Av. de la Toison d'or and Av. Louise. Those streets are located in same uptown area (Metro station: Porte de Namur, Louise). There, you would have your Gucci sandals, Chanel boots...
*My favourite places for a one-stop shopping are Woluwé Shopping center (Station: Roodebeek) and Rue des Tongres areas (Metro station: Merode).
Rue des Tongres is less crowded and near my house as well :-). I like it very much since I am a shoe-addict *LOL* and it houses several great shoes' boutiques. Some are specialized in Italian shoes, directly imported from italy they say :) Something I know is that I could buy some pairs I hardly saw anywhere else (neither on Rue Neuve neither on Bd Waterloo and Louise area). Name Accessoire Diffusion, Laurent Mercadal (Parisian women would know what I am talking about), they can be found in Rue des Tongres. Clergerie ? on Chaussée de Charleroi, though. Hmm.... shoes
What to buy: Italian shoes in Rue des Tongres. Some are not cheap items but they are really worth it!
Not only in the main street but enter the two galeries (Tiny shopping malls, in fact) as well: Galeries du Linthout, Galeries du Cinquantenaire (there lie two Italian shoe shops, the other one being Arnould on the very Rue des Tongres). Some boutiques up the little slope sell great names such as Olivier Strelli and Chacock cloth (unusual and colourful style)...
What to pay: Depends on what you buy but I would say shoes from 50 euros to 250 euros.
Partly pedestrian street with all the usual big chain stores. Hardly interesting but it does bring you from the hotel Tulip Inn (and Sheraton, Hilton and several others) directly to the old city center.
if you need a cheap quality leather jacket, go there! Turkish sellers, prices around €70-€100 only.
A labyrint of leather shops in a Gallery which comes out on the Grand Place.
Don't expect the latest design-jackets, but you can get decent leather/daim jackets for half the price then in centre city.
What to buy: Leather jackets,shoes and all sort of other clothes
This is THE Street to go shopping in Brussels. All the shops are there. There is about 1 km of stores. While walking on the street you can enter some different shopping centers and Departement store. At the top of City 2 there is the Fnac store. It is THE reference for books, cds, dvds, computer games and software, digital cameras, etc.
I love shopping malls, so I was glad to find one when I was in Brussels. There are many many shops, one supermarket and snack bars/restaurants, but unfortunately I couldn't explore every floor (4 in total) because my time was short.
This shopping mall is the biggest one in Belgium.
I only went inside this huge department store called Inno and bought a few things at the supermarket (I don't remember its name).
Open hours: Monday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 7 PM
What to buy: Everything you can afford it.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy.