Brussels Shopping

The two areas of Brussels that offer the most high-end fashion options are Rue Antoine Dansaert Straat and Avenue Louise. Rue Antoine contains the heart of fashion and the design world in Brussels. It features many fashion boutiques and avant-garde designers. Avenue Louise is home to a number of international designers including Vuitton, Chanel, Gianni Versace, Hermes, Christian Dior, and Giorgio Armani. There are a number of less expensive shopping choices right around the Innovation department store with the higher end names a little further out on the street.

One of the other top shopping areas in Brussels is Gallerie St Hubert, Europe's first shopping arcade. This arcade right in the heart of the city features a glass roof and stunning interior. The surrounding street is filled with luxury stores, cafes, and theaters. Many of the well known shopping destinations are known for their magnificent window displays.

Are you in the market for a luxury good crafted from leather? Look no further than Delvaux. Founded right in Brussels in 1829, it is the oldest company in the world that produces fine leather luxury goods.

For those who are looking for bargain shopping, one of the best places to head in Brussels is Rue Neuve. This lower city shopping area runs straight up to Rue des Fripiers.

Brussels has a handful of excellent antiques and flea markets. Flea Market Place du Jeu de Balle will be the first on your list. They carry a wide range of vintage clothes, household wares, furniture, and crockery. Antique lovers don't want to skip Place du Grand Sablon. It is considered to be one of the best antique marts in Europe. Antiques Sablon is known for their collection of objects and furniture from the 1900's, 1920's, and 1930's.

Check local listings to see when the next Annual Antique Dealers and Brussels Ancient Art Fairs will be held. Held by the Royal Chamber of Belgian Antiques, the Antique Dealers fair is Belgium's largest antiques fair. The Ancient Art Fair brings Near Eastern and Egyptian classical dealers from all around the world.

While you're in Brussels, it's worth a trip to Comic-Strip Merchandise. Located in the Grand Place, it's the best place in Brussels to get Tintin merchandise. Brussels is also well known for their selection of Belgian beer and chocolate. Both items are offered in many types of specialty food shops throughout the city.