Whether you are shopping for antiques, chocolate, high street or designer fashion.
Belgium itself is jam-packed with gems for every type of shopper, but Brussels has a few spots that are perfect for a weekend shopping adventure. Whether you are shopping for antiques, chocolate, high street or designer fashion – Brussels has got you covered.
The Best Spot for Antiquing: Place Du Grand Sablon
The Sablon Antique market takes place on Saturdays and opens at 9 a.m. The market has been going on since 1960 and is home to some amazing finds. Vendors gather early to display their collections of jewelry, silverware, art, tableware…etc. Located in the historic Place Du Grand Sablon, it is the perfect spot to get some unique items to always help you remember Brussels.
The Best for Chocolate Lovers: Pierre Marcolini
Pierre Marcolini is a revered chocolatier in Belgium and fans of his chocolate are all around Brussels. With multiple easily accessible stores spread around the city, it is the perfect break to taste some authentic Belgian chocolate and buy some for friends and family back home. Not only is Pierre Marcolini’s chocolate beautiful in appearance but the ingredients are all specially selected. While the price of the chocolate is on the higher end, it is 100% worth the splurge if you are a chocolate lover who seeks out the finest ingredients and specially designed treats.
The Best for High Street Fashion: Rue Neuve (Nieuwstraat)
Rue Neuve is arguably the most popular shopping street in Brussels, which means it is important to choose the right time to shop there. Mornings and weekdays are your best bet. But its popularity is for good reason – Rue Neuve houses multiple fashion brands like Zara, Primark, and Bershka and stretches for miles. It is the perfect spot to shop at some of your favorite stores and get some walking into your trip.
The Best Shopping Experience: Galerie St. Hubert
Galerie St. Hubert is well-known for its mesmerizing shopping arcades. The arcades were designed by Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer starting in 1846 and are some of the oldest arcades in Europe. Outside of the gorgeous venues where Galerie St. Hubert allows you to shop, there is also a plethora of great shops for everyone to enjoy. The shopping complex has small fashion boutiques, chocolate stores, and cafes.
The Best Street for Designer Fashion: Avenue Louise (Louizalaan)
Avenue Louise is known as one of the most expensive streets in Brussels. Stretching around a mile and a half, it is full of designer and high-end stores. The street itself is very chic and if you enjoy designer brands, this is the best street to explore. Avenue Louise also has a variety of restaurants and cafes that are perfect for a quick shopping break.
Brussels clearly has a great assortment of shopping experiences for every type of shopper. From antique markets to chocolate stores and shopping streets and galleries – Brussels is perfect for a quick shopping day to explore what Belgium has in store.
Sophia lived in Belgium for three years.