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    Galeries Royales Saint Hubert: shop with class at galeries of Bruxelles

    by gwened Written Jan 4, 2013

    This is a must, and with family even more so. The place has about 50 stores and 70 private apartments since 1870.
    Inside is cheer beauty you have the théatre de Vaudeville, flower shop in 1847, cafe concert in 1851, and finally a theater in 1872. the great Josephine Baker dance here, and now its a spectacle hall.

    Théatre des galeries, dedicated to drama, vaudeville,and comedy, started in 1947. It no longer does this as not to interfere with the theater of the monnaie, but exhibitions are held with shows for new years.

    the Cinema is here! a moviehouse for creative films. Galerie Expo, more room for exhibitions and movies to expand the space in the Cinema. Photo Gallery ,all about photography and exhibits link to it.
    The MLM the musée des lettres et manuscrits or museum of letters and manuscripts, the biggest names in art, history, and architecture, and science , a place of discovery.
    A fresco by English artist Paul Day, displaying the comédie humaine or human comedy of Balzac.

    Then ,you have the stores, like many but my favorites will only mentioned, Corné Port Royale chocolates pralines belges (see separate entry) ;the coffee shop mokafé, and the manufacture belges des dentelles or laces.

    What to buy: Corné Port Royale chocolates pralines belges (see separate entry) ;the coffee shop mokafé, and the manufacture belges des dentelles or laces.

    What to pay: good prices for top quality, in essence you come here for the best.

    entrance galerie royale de saint hubert galerie royale saint  hubert mokaf�� galerie de la reine galerie du roi galerie de prince
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    Corné Port Royal: shopping chocolates or pralines

    by gwened Written Jan 4, 2013

    Chocolates or as they call it locally pralines are a Belgian institution, even us in France admits the best is from Belgium. I have come and go on many shops there from the leonidas,godiva,planéte, niehaus,wittamer, and then this one I am showing here,Corné Port Royal.

    It has a chic allure to it, the stores is magical, the main one, and has plenty more in Belgium and France, but nothing like getting it here. A work of art begun in 1934, and immediately the creators of the ‘Manon Sucre’ a wonderful smooth cream with crisp nougatine and the tang of fresh walnuts. This is always an artisan-made praline, hand enrobed with confectioner’s sugar.

    I have try them all here from the teas, the honey, the orange sticks, the pâte à fruit or fruit candy, the figures like the soldier for Christmas, and the chocolates in boxes one for gifts and other rounded for own consumption. All wonderful, highly recommended.

    The main store that we go is in the galerie royale Saint Hubert, the webpage for it is here
    http://www.galeries-saint-hubert.com/index_en.html
    full of wonderful shops too.

    What to buy: teas, the honey, the orange sticks, the pâte à fruit or fruit candy, the figures like the soldier for Christmas, and the chocolates in boxes one for gifts and other rounded for own consumption. All good

    What to pay: very good prices compare to similar establishement of 27€ for a kilogram box (2,2 pounds)/and so on. price is the least ,the quality is sublime, try it.

    window of corn�� port royal window shopping for now the pralines chocolates in gift boxes the history of the store in wall gallery the galerie royale st hubert
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    City 2 Centre Commerciale: City 2 shopping Bruxelles

    by gwened Written Jan 2, 2013

    This was great ,remind me of the great Malls, and it was our headquarters at night every day. We had clothing shopping, ice cream, groceries, snacks,and just plain people watching it was great.

    There you have it from them, 51 000 m², the biggest shopping center in urban Belgium, 104 stores on four levels with one dedicated to FNAC, check city 2 at rue Neuve.
    http://www.fr.fnac.be/entreprise/magasins_fr-BE.aspx

    also, carrefour market for all your groceries needs, great for families like us.
    http://www.carrefour.eu/fr/store/carrefour-market-city-ii

    You should make it your headquarters on nights and rainy days in Bruxelles.

    What to buy: you can buy anything on malls, frm clothings to gifts, to eating, and be seen. We purchase souvenirs, clothing , and groceries, food. There is honey ,chocolate shops galore, and great ice cream Australian.

    What to pay: mall shopping center prices as anywhere

    inside City 2 at Christmas 2012 the store mall at night City 2 flooring layout at City 2 the lineup of stores at City 2 top floor entry to FNAC
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    Utopia, and the Fantome Espagnol: shop for BD ,mangas and dvds brussels

    by gwened Written Jan 2, 2013

    if you are into mangas, DVD, Games, BD, figurines, etc these two places will show you the way at nice prices for some collectibles ,hard to find, and older stuff.
    My sons are into it so needed to stop on them,its very interesting stuff, and sure to please all younger crowds and then some.

    The stores are Utopia, Rue du Midi 39, metro Bourse, and it has shelfs of figurines, mangas and BD books and DVD galore very small but well stock place. webpage at
    http://www.utopiacomics.be/page.asp?docid=35587&langue=FR

    The other is the Fantôme Espagnol, Boulevard Maurice Lemonnier 71, no webpage but email at
    fb792181@skynet.be ,and listed with Brussel tourist board.

    There are many others, as it seems the city to search for these is here in Brussels,
    http://www.brusselscomics.com/fr/route_boutiques.cfm

    What to buy: mangas, DVD, Games, BD, figurines, etc

    What to pay: very good prices if selection is limited by the size of the stores.

    Utopia store at rue du midi le Fant��me Espagnol store Boulevard Maurice Lemonnier ,near fantome
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    Shopping Malls & Streets: shopping in Brussels-general

    by gwened Written Aug 7, 2012

    http://www.galeries-saint-hubert.com/

    my favorites there

    and this one will show you around
    http://www.shopinbrussels.be/EN

    hope it helps

    What to buy: chocolates, jewerly, and laces are very good value

    What to pay: best in the above

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    City of Tongeren: Belgium-Tongeren Flea/Antique market

    by Sandy37 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Tongeren flea/antique market.
    Europes largest on every Sunday from 06.00am till 14.00.

    What to buy: You can buy anything here from large furniture items to the tiniest nick-knack
    Buyers from Germany,France,Holland,England and of course Belgium can't all be wrong.

    Also the city cafe's offer a full range of refreshments including many of their 350 locally brewed beers. Snacks and meals all at competetive prices, make this a really enjoyable day out.

    What to pay: You pay what you WANT to pay. Haggle away if you want. Prices are so cheap anyway. Buy quality at affordable prices.

    B & B in Belgium
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    +++ several names +++: Spirits...

    by Norali Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Please, do know that there are alcohol drinks other than beer in Belgium.

    The first ones I think of are Jenever (Peket in Walloon areas) and other eaux-de-vie.

    Distillerie de Biercée is one of well-known brands here. Still sticking to traditional methods (with improvements though), they assert on their website that their products "do not contain synthetic flavouring, colorant, preservative or other additives." When entered the Biercée website, click on BONUS to have some cocktail suggestions... Quite interesting.

    You can find their products in wine and liquor shops.. I would give addresses later.

    Also, there should be other brands too but this one, I know it is a good one.. and the only I know, btw. :)

    What to buy: You can try:
    -Peket de Houyeu :35 % vol
    -Fruits de la Forêt : 17 % vol (fruit basis: blueberry, blackcurrant, raspberry and black elder)
    -Biercine : 35 % vol (fruit basis: seven plants chosen for medicinal features)
    -Eau De Villée : 40 % vol (fruit basis: Murcie lemons and other secret fruits). This one has won an award in 2003.
    -Poire Williams N°1 : 43 % vol (fruit basis: pear)

    What to pay: Approx. prices for those I cited, check hereafter weblink though there are more Biercée stuffs than that.
    http://www.dewijnboetiek.be/Eaux-de-vie_fr.htm

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    All across the souvenir shops: Beautiful Porcelain dolls

    by Dolly2010 Updated Dec 20, 2010

    I visited Brugges and Brussels and saw many souvenir shops that had so beautiful porcelain and other dolls. I bought some of course, but very little and small in size to accommodate in my luggage. I thought the prices were relatively cheaper compared to other cities in Europe and the variety was definitely more beautiful and more traditional.

    What to buy: Porcelain dolls, heks dolls etc

    What to pay: reasonable

    Porcelain dolls Heks doll

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  • Act(e)2 Boutique: Second Hand Fashion

    by saceurcommo Updated Nov 2, 2009

    From their Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=168214281074&ref=ts

    Act(e)2, a new boutique located in Jurbise, near SHAPE, Mons. End of collections and second-hand clothing and accessories for women, men, and children.

    Clients et amis de Act(e)2, une nouvelle boutique située à Jurbise, près de Mons. Fins de collections et seconde-main haut de gamme pour femmes, hommes, et enfants.

    Found high end clothing and accessories for cheap cheap cheap. Got my wife a beautiful Delvaux bag (my one and only mission). Since bag was second hand (barely used - still smelled new) I was able to get her a Burberry jacket as well.

    Found a great pair of Church's should but half size too small...C'est la vie!

    Cat (the owner)is a doll. Married to an American (former GI). She speaks fluent English, and manages well in German and Spanish. She used to work for Franco Dragone of Cique du Soleil fame...Darn no tickets...

    What to buy: High end handbags, jackets, shoes. They have new stuff as well...

    What to pay: About 40 to 60% less or more.

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    Dandoy's & Wittamer's: Food Shopping

    by DueSer Updated Aug 6, 2009

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    These two shops are great places to get some Belgian souvenirs for those back home and also great for getting a literal taste of Belgium for yourself.

    Dandoy's is a "biscuiterie" which just basically means they sell cookies. Tons of cookies - more than you could think up - and they're all delicious. Most people, when they think of Belgium, don't think of cookies. They think waffles and chocolate and the frites just to name a few but for some reason, the cookies rarely get mentioned so that's why I'm mentioning it. A small sampler box of cookies made me very popular back home. The only problem was I wished I'd bought more.

    There are a lot of chocolate shops in Belgium and that's putting it mildly. There's almost too many in a sensory overload type of way. And everyone has different tastes so you really need to check out the chocolatiers for yourself but the place I really enjoyed was Wittamer's. I thought they had a nice selection and the flavors are out of this world!

    What to buy: Both shops have a wide variety of things. Wittamer doesn't have just chocolates, so you can buy whatever grabs your attention.

    What to pay: The nice thing about buying cookies and chocolate is that each individual piece is small so you can stay within your budget by getting however much you want. At Wittamer's, I got a 9-piece box for 10 Euros (ouch) but Dandoy's was much more reasonabe.

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    Any place in Belgium.: Beer t-shirts.

    by Dizzyhead Written Apr 16, 2008

    What to buy: I suggest you to buy a beer t-shirts as a souvenir to your friends. The best beer comes from Belgium so that would be a nice gift or a mememory to yourself from your trip. They have it in all colours and sizes, I guess very large sizez too. Because they have big t-shirts for big beerbellies...LOL The Belgium people drink beer, eat delicious chocolate and eat lots of French fries so I am sure that they have very big t-shirts too.

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    Delhaize supermarket: Brussels

    by hamgu77 Written Dec 23, 2007

    I was in Brussels for 2 weeks, and we often do grocery shopping at Delhaize. Fresh breads and fruits..Food are quite wide range. I like their grocery bag so much that i bough so many back as a souvenior ! :)

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    Chocolate

    by DanielF Updated Nov 14, 2007

    I can agree that the stinky fumes from the friteries in the streets of Belgium does not induce any pleasant sensorial experience. However, you will end up ignoring all the culinary guilty pleasures and all the profusion of untasty and unhealthy food of which so many Belgians are so fond. The reason behind that are the thousands of wonderful chocolate shops that can be found all throughout the country, from the most humble neighbourhood to the most sophisticated mall. I have never seen any society which has developed such a chocolate culture.

    What to buy: There are tenths of brands that produce chocolate in Belgium, but Pralines, chocolate confections with different fillings, are de rigueur if you want to bring back home some chocolate as gift. They are sold by the box (ballotin), and you can decide the weight and even choose individually the pralines that you prefer.

    What to pay: Many chocolatiers still produce their pralines by hand and are considerably more expensive than average, but there are also several larger companies with shops all across the country and even abroad. They still have very competitive prices when you compare with what you pay overseas. Every season, more and more sophisticated new lines are introduced so that you never get tired of consuming chocolate (as if that would ever be possible).

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    Belgian Lace

    by traveldave Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    What to buy: As far as shopping goes, Belgian lace is probably the most well-known product, and the one most shoppers would want to buy while visiting Belgium. Shoppers can choose between several kinds of lace. Regular lace originated in Flanders in the sixteenth century. Needlepoint lace originated in Italy, but Brussels became the major manufacturing center for it. And finally, bobbin lace comes from Brugges. It requires thousands of meticulous movements of bobbins and pins during its manufacture.

    Ironically, most of the lace available in Belgium nowadays comes from either China or Taiwan, where it is handmade, or from France, where it is machine-made. It can be difficult to find genuine Belgian lace, since even the most expensive shops do not differentiate between Belgian lace and that made outside the country. Once found, Belgian lace can be very expensive, due to the labor costs involved, and the fact that buyers are paying for the reputation of the product.

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    All over the country: Belgian strips

    by Luchonda Written Apr 23, 2006

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    In any bookshop or even shopping centers, great or small, all over the country you will find a lot of belgian strips

    What to buy: A lot of choice - all categories
    - Comics - science fiction - semi historical strips - Horror : Just name it and look for it,
    if it is to pleasure children at many occasions - if it is for yourself as an adult - do not be a shamed . Put the comics next to yr "Washington Post"-"Times"-"De Gentenaar" or why not?
    Next to "Playboy" - "Penthouse" - they are not that different from a STRIP i mean.

    What to pay: Depends on the kind of

    Kiekeboe Nero Jommeke Biep en Zwiep ????
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