Shopping Malls & Streets, Brussels
We walked from Grand Place to the City 2 Shopping Mall in 30 minutes. It was an easy walk with many photo stops and just gazing at the surroundings.
On arrival at City 2 there was a modern shopping complex with department stores and most likely a hundred or more speciality shops, restaurants, cafes etc. It was similar to any other shopping centre in a modern city. We had lunch at one of the cafes and my wife purchased some cosmetics from one of the speciality shops. She said prices were much lower than at home.
Among the first places where friends
used to drag me to and still an arcade I like
Often Belgian arcades are empty or badly
maintained. Not this one. It has always
been vivid and it still is.
You wont find anything chique or fashionable
A lot of shops selling leather jackets , concentrated
near the 'grand place'.
'Silver jewels 'can be found in the arm that leads
to the 'grasmarkt' 'rue du Marché aux Herbes'
where there is a little craft market in the weekend.
It is very central located , between the
'gallery saint Hubert' and the 'grote markt'.
What to buy: If you want to go completely out of your
roof in Brussels nightlife.
Visit the shop were the arms come together.
Really extravagant dresses , shoes...
Very popular place , dragqueens heaven....
Have a look around , the place has a special
What to pay: Cheap leather jackets , it's even normal to bargain here.
And that is not common in Belgium.
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 are looking for some ordinary High Street shopping with brands like H&M, Zara, Etam, C&A and many others, Rue Neuve/Nieuwstraat is it. My only wonder is how there can be three perfume stores of the same chain and so on but as long as they're happy, I'm happy :))) The street ends with the famous Inno department store and the City2 shopping mall which houses two of my favourites in the form of Fnac - a French based book and media chain - and a French chain with outdoor things, maps and educational toys.
This is Brussels central shopping street. The street is lined with shops, restaurants, department stores and the occasional shopping complex. At times, New Street seems to extend limitlessly. Often there are street entertainers and, of course, crowds of people.
Located just a block from the Grand Place, we found ourselves here one afternoon looking for chocolates, specifically Neuhaus, to bring back to several VTers who requested them and found them plus several others lining the sides of the glass domed enclosed shopping mall. Aside from chocolate, there are also boutiques selling clothing, books and music as well as cafes and entertainment.
Even if you are not interested in shopping, it's worth passing through the Galeries St. Hubert which dates to 1847, the time of King Leopold I, to look at the architecture and the glass domed ceiling, something I don't think I've ever seen outside of Europe.
What to buy: Chocolates!
What to pay: Depends on how much you buy ;-)
This old arcade is very famous in Brussels for luxury shops. This are in 3 galleries in a row.
What to buy: Famous in luxury lace souvenirs, chocolates shop, Men and Womens clothes and accesories and etcetera.
What to pay: More expensive compare to those shops out of this gallery.
A very nice shopping place in the heart of the city ! No need of cash - just credit cards because the prices are "just above average"
but it is nice strolling here !!
What to buy: From "Manneken pis statues" till "Elephants"
What to pay: MMMMMMMMMMMMMM????? Ask my bank accountancy !
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 :-)
The shop was along the way to the statue of Manneke Pis from the Grand Place, I forgot it's name but I'm pretty sure If you ever wanted to have one souvenir of belgian houses in maniature, you can find it easily within touristy area in Brussels, surely at the area of Grand Place.
What to buy: Houses in miniature and some other local craft.
I'ts an arcade at Grand Place that consist of shops for clothes, jewelleries, cinema, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, tarrot card reader and Haagen Daz. A very nice row.
What to buy: Clothes, Food, Entertainment, Jewels, Musics and Ice Cream.
Those of you in need to spend some serious money on shopping should head for Avenue Louise and the neighbouring streets such as Toison d'Or, which is where you will find all the famous French, Italian and other designer stores and also some up and coming Belgian designers. But yes, there are also some cheaper classy shopping like Zara here. If you want to go for the whole splash-out, why not also book yourself into the very expensive but nice Hotel Conrad in the area. It's where several major world politicians have stayed so you're in great company. Personally I've only been there on charity quiz nights but they were fun.
What to buy: Oh a Gucci bag...some Aigle boots...a new evening dress, I don't know :)))
What to pay: Anything.
In Brussels the world's first shopping gallery saw it's light. The Saint Huberts Gallery has been kept up shape until the present day and is a historical landmark in downtown and old Brussels. It's graceful glass ceiling and the stylish fashionshops that rea to be found here attract not only many tourist. Also faithfull (rich) customers but their wardrobe here until the present day.
Gofres are just everywhere! You may buy them in the street (in something lika a caravan - in the picture) or just in a sweet/coffee shop. The price is the same everywhere -1,50 Euros. I have eaten gofres in other countries - for examlpe we do have a good one in Poland - but these from Brussels are just great and unique. This is also possible to bring them home as some of them are packed and sold in markets.
The Nieuwstraat or Rue Neuve is located at the North side of the center. It stretches from the Muntplein or Place de la Monnaie till the Kruidtuinlaan or Boulevard du Jardin Botanique (metrostop Rogier plein or Place Rogier).
There are many clothing shops, boutiques and large department stores and the City 2 Mall.
In the weekend nights the street is use as a makeshift street parking for restaurant visitors.
A nice detour is the Noord Passage or Passage du Nord; a covered shopping side street.
What to buy: Everything you forgot to pack, There even is a HEMA shop!