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Shopping in Brussels


Just like every big capital in Europe there is a big choice if you want to go shopping in Brussels. The fashion and design from Belgium are well known on the international stage.

The main shopping districts in Brussels are Rue Neuve, Place Stephanie, Avenue Louise and the streets around the Grand Sablon. The Rue Neuve runs trough the old city center and along Rue Neuve you’ll find shops ranging from trendy boutiques to large department stores as well as several indoor shopping malls. You can find a lot of bargains in this shopping area that stretches all the way up to Rue des Fripiers. You will find a lot of clothes and shoes there. The Avenue Louise and the Grand Sablon are located in upper town. The avenue Louise is one long catwalk of famous fashion brands, including big international names like Chanel, Vuitton, Hermes, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and Christian Dior. The first section is one of the most attractive shopping districts in the city, with expensive as well as more affordable shops. For antiques you go to the Sablon area.

Along Rue Antoine Dansaert Straat and the surrounding area you can find Brussels’ fashion and design world with the best concentration of avant guard designers and fashion boutiques. For something else, you can go to the area between boulevard Lemonnier and the Grand’ Place. Here you’ll find second-hand book shops, record shops, clothing shops and comic strip centres.

Near by the Grand’ Place, the Gallerie St-Hubert is located. This gallery is built in 1847 and looks gorgeous. It is lined with designer boutiques, cafes, theatres and luxury stores and it’s the first shopping arcade in Europe.  For more information about the different fashion districts click here.

Chocolates
Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate per year and has 2,130 chocolate shops in her country. It become famous of its chocolate. Famous Belgian names are Godiva, Wittamer, Neuhaus & Corne; their franchised shops and are located throughout the city.

Sales
There are two set sales periods; winter and summer.
Winter sales:   January 3rd till January 31st.
Summer sales:  July 1st till July 31st.

Opening hours
The general opening hours of shops in Brussels are:
Monday till Saturday: 10am till 6pm or 7pm
Some department stores are open on Friday till 8 or 9 pm
Sunday: closed

Markets
Brussels hosts a number of outdoor markets. The biggest is held every Sunday on the streets adjacent to Gare du Midi. Open hours: 7am till 2pm.

Another big market is located at the Vossenplein/Place Jeu de Balle. It is a daily flea market in the heart of the Marolles. There are a lot of bargains and as the day draws close to 1pm, it gets easier to buy something for the price you want to pay. On Sundays antiques are also on display here.
Open hours: 6am till 2pm from Monday till Sunday

If you want to read more about markets in Brussels click on the following link: Markets in Brussels

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