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Best Local Products & Souvenirs in Brussels

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Known as the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels is filled with sweet confection shops. Mary's Chocolatier lives up to its city's standards and has some of the best chocolate creations around. Established in 1919 by Mary Delluc along the Rue Royal on the route to the palace, this legendary shop was beloved by the king himself as well as nobels and other royals. Today people travel far and wide for Mary's famous confections. Delicious hand-painted chocolates, caramels, truffles, bars, and more can be found. Grab yourself one of their beloved boxes in order to sample Mary's sweet treats.

This popular beer shop is repeatedly praised by newspapers for its vast variety of, as the name of the shop claims, beer. Within the shop, there also exists the opportunity to sample beer before purchase. The owners of the shop aim to ensure the most helpful shopping experience possible by even providing information regarding the correct glasses to use for specific types of beer.

Winning the World Chocolate Championship in 1995, Pierre Marcolini set out to revolutionize the chocolate industry. Using only the finest cocoa beans from around the world, Marcolini now owns and operates luxury chocolate boutiques in five different countries. His sweet treats include delicacies such as truffles, macaroons, biscuits, liqueur chocolates, brittles and much more. Each purchase is presented in a handsomely designed gift box that perfectly compliments the luxury treat found within.

The Fanshop RSC Anderlecht was opened in 1997 on the initiative of the wife of Roger Vanden Stock, president of the football club Anderlecht. The majority of the items sold here are sports garments such as football shirts, tracksuits and anoraks. You can buy sportswear with or without the names of the Anderlecht footballers emblazoned on them. In 1998, the Fanshop started a mail-order shopping service, thus Anderlecht realized that they have fans abroad too— in France, in the United States of America and in Australia.

Maison J. Dandoy has one of the most famous display windows in Brussels, and they always tempt you with something sweet. Dandoy has been around since 1829 and sells local specialties, chocolate and more, serving as an authentic shop in a touristic environment. Looking at the window or eating their wares will make much more of an impression than describing them: spiced biscuits, pain à la grecque, currant bread, cinnamon bread, marzipan, ice-cream and sorbets, among other things.

Neuhaus claims to be the inventor of the Belgian praline and has established its presence as one of the world's best chocolate boutiques internationally. Originally a pharmaceutical sweet shop when it opened in Brussels in 1857, Neuhaus has only made its chocolate more delectable and irresistible since then. While the Galerie de la Reine location is the original store, there are also many Neuhaus boutiques within Brussels.

The Marché du Midi is a large, attractive market near Gare du Midi (Station Zuid). All nationalities are represented here and they also have products you will not find at an ordinary market. Find baskets full of fresh olives, dried fish, Greek pastries and all kinds of herbs. Even the vegetables look bigger and fresher than they do elsewhere. The stalls are colorful and the local dishes are incredibly tasty. A local's scene of Brussels, the market is usually packed full of shoppers and encouraging vendors.

Tintin is a comic written by Hergé, a.k.a. George Rémi, born in Brussels on May 22, 1907. The comics have been translated into more than 50 languages, which makes Tintin famous all over the world. In 1989, the first shop with Tintin designer objects was opened in Brussels. Find comics in various languages, figures, rugs and other designer objects of this beloved Belgian fictional character.

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