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Private Tour: Battle of Waterloo from Brussels
"Your private tour starts with pickup from your Brussels hotel by luxury private minivan. After a 40-minute drive south arrive in the city of Waterloo. It was here where in the year 1815 one of the most significant battles in European history took place — the Battle of Waterloo.Listen as your guide explains the history of the battle during which the French army fell to the Duke of Wellington’s British and Prussian forces leaving 12000 dead and 35
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Brussels Rail Day Trip from London
"Take the inclusive sightseeing tour and enjoy the medieval architecture that makes Brussels such a visited European city. Don't miss the Grand Place the city's central hub lined with guild houses and flowers adorning the ground like a carpet. You will also see the Atomium and maybe have lunch at one of the gourmand restaurants.Travel through the European Union district featuring Parliament bu the popular bronze statue of a young boy peeing into a fountain.You have the option to hop-on and off as many times as you like at any of the 13 strategically placed stops for your own sightseeing. With bus departures every 30 minutes and the ent this is the perfect way to orientate yourself with Belgium's capital.""""At just under two and half hours why not take the opportunity whilst in London to take a day trip by Eurostar over to the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Brussels! A Hop on Hop off card is included
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Private Tour: Brussels Sightseeing Tour
"Depart your Brussels hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle for your 3-hour tour. If there’s anything you want to see more of let your guide know: your tour is private so the itinerary can be tailored to your interests.Stop at the Grand Place Brussels' magnificent medieval main square. Stroll by the baroque and Gothic buildings as you hear about their history and walk to the Statue of the Peeing Boy (Manneken Pis) to learn why this quirky monument of a urinating boy was placed here in the mid-1600s.Drive to the Laeken district home to the main residence of Belgium’s royal family. Pass St Michael’s Cathedral
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Shopping Malls & Streets Tips (52)

Nina Meert: Saint Boniface: the square not to miss

Saint Boniface is probably one of the most vibrant places in Brussels. It located between the avenue Louise, porte de Namur and place du Luxembourg. It's one unique places in brussels where you can find
such a multicultural mix. It's visited by artists, bankers, eurocrats, young, older, you can hear different languages on corner. It's a mini Brussels mixture!

The perfect example of that is the fashion designer Nina Meert. One of the pioneer of the Belgian Fashion, her creations are unique and her store is a place to visit. She established her house 20 years ago, moving from the avenue Louise to heart of Saint Boniface.

If you visit Brussels you can't miss this place!

ElisadeTorros
May 02, 2012

Shopping on Sundays

Brussels has very limited opening hours. Most city centre shops and boutiques close at 18.00 most days and even the supermarkets close at 20.00 the latest.

Normally, the shops are not open on Sundays. However, in the run up Xmas, most shops will be open on the four Sundays preceding the holidays.

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annase
Feb 02, 2011

Shopping Malls & Streets: City 2 Shopping Mall

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.

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Mikebb
Jan 19, 2009

Shopping Malls & Streets: De Nieuwstraat/Rue Neuve

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!

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pieter_jan_v
Dec 22, 2008
 
 
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Galeries Royale St. Hubert: An Arcade With A Variety Of Shops

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.

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Bix10
Mar 01, 2008

Chaussée d'Ixelles: A bit of everything

Take a walk up or down Chaussée d'Ixelles for some good shopping. At the Porte de Namur end it starts with high street fashion and electronic chains and African shops (this is a very Congolese part of town) and gradually the shops become more individual until around and after Place Fernand Cocq (a good resting place) you find Tibetan hats, Chinese pots, Belgian cartoons and gift shops all the way down to Place Flagey.

What to buy Almost anything you like.

What to pay There are several bargain chains and "poundstretcher shops" around this district as well as more elegant labels.

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Sjalen
Sep 26, 2007

Shopping Malls & Streets: Brussels' own High Street

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.

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Sjalen
Sep 26, 2007

Avenue Louise shopping: The classy brands

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.

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Sjalen
Sep 25, 2007

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Shopping tips: Brussels shopping guide

Just found this great website with lots of addresses of shops and restaurants : http://www.brusselscreativity.com . Depending on where you are staying, there are different areas (they call them "quartiers") to walk to, which is great because I hate driving abroad.

What to buy Chocolates. Some chocolates. More chocolates. and a few chocolates. YUMMY

Tildaslittleplanet
Jun 04, 2007

Women's Secret: Sweet like candy

Colourful, quirky, sexy, funky and yet practical lingerie, swimming wear, nighties & pyjamas for women. It is hard to decide what to take since they have 3 floors full of different styles and colours. However, everything is on display and easily accessible, so try them on! You might get someone to help you as well alhought they are not pushing themselves to make a sale. The shop assistants may be a bit shy to speak any other languages than French to start with, but normally there is some one who can speak English. Unfortunately, their web page is only in French...

What to buy Colourful matching lingerie

What to pay approximately €20-40 per piece

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annase
May 24, 2007

Shopping Malls & Streets: Galeries St. Hubert

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 ;-)

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Dabs
Mar 24, 2007

La Vaisselle au Kilo: La Vaisselle au Kilo

This shop is selling on 3 floors some china, crystal and cutlery and what an unusual idea as the china (vaisselle in French) is mainly sold per kilogram...not sure how you could take it back home, they might arrange for the shipping if you intend to buy big quantities.

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froggy06
Dec 26, 2006

Things to Do Near Brussels

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Hallepoort - Porte de Hal

The last remaining of the cities medieval towers. This one built in 1381 served as a prison until 1847 when it was converted to the Royal Museum for art and history, today its a museum featuring the...
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Place de Jue de Balle

I go here whenever I am in the city, and ususally come back with at least one thing that I really don't want. It's a great place to be nosey and rummage around. Its open daily, although I've learnt...
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Musée Bruxellois de la Gueuze & Cantillon Brewery

This is much better than the beer museum at the grand place! This is actually a still functioning gueuze beer brewery, and the only place where 'real gueuze' is still being made. You get a tour...
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Palais de Justice Bruxelles

This huge building is set upon a hill overlooking the city and houses the Belgium supreme court. It was built by the architect Poelart in 1883 and is larger that St. Peters in Rome. Great city views...
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Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle

The oldest church in Brussels, its construction began in 1210 and was completed by the end of the 13Th century. It reflects the transition between Romanesque and Gothic styles. A Baroque bell tower...
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La Fleur en Papier Doré / Het Goudblommeke in Papier

Not to miss is the historical pub La Fleur en Papier Doré/Het Goudblommeke van Papier at the Cellebroersstraat 55. It was once the artistic café and meeting place of Brussels’s surrealists. Magritte,...
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