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.
Waterstone's was the first English-only bookstore in Brussels. It sells a large selection of magazines and newspapers from the United States and United Kingdom. The first floor is filled with cookbooks, novels, maps and a very extensive selection of travel and tourism books representing many different places throughout the world. They also have a book called Hints for Living in Belgium by the North American Woman's Club.
The King, Queen and Prince Galleries of Saint-Hubert (which are over 200 years old) house expensive, old-fashioned boutiques selling a variety of accessories including gloves, hats, hand-bags and jewelry. In 1837, King Léopold I instructed the young architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaars to turn rue Saint-Hubert into a mall. This shopping arcade, divided into the King's, Queen's and Prince's galleries, is now considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Chocolate lovers should visit Neuheus (25 Galerie de la Reine) and ice cream fans can indulge at the Häagen Dazs located near the front entrance of the gallery.
This large, interesting store sells functional and fashionable women's clothing. Outfits for both work and play can be found. While listening to the pleasant music, you can look through the seasonal collections which offer everything for today's woman including shoes, pants, dresses, T-shirts and accessories.
Located on a street teeming with plenty of shops, this store's attractive window calls out to men and women who desire the latest footwear trends. Pass the large bubblegum machine at the entrance and you'll come across a spacious boutique filled with stylish, well-made and affordable shoes. Alongside the Invito brand, one can also find Diesel, Puma and the popular lady's Spanish label, El Dante.
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.
If you are looking for stylish footwear, you must check out TOD's in Brussels. Pick out from a large range of shoes in leather and suede, and choose from different styles and colors. The store is well-known for its hip fashion and cool quotient. The classic moccasin shoes are very popular and sell like hot cakes! Also find handbags, belts, pouches and purses. This is a place where fashion meets functionality!
... there is Diane von Furstenberg. Women love to dress up! There's no two ways about it, and there is nothing a woman wouldn't do to get into a dainty garment and match it with perfect footwear and a lovely hand bags- if this is reminiscent of a fairy tale, you wouldn't be wrong; Diane von Furstenberg is an established name in fashion and has been known to make women's fantasies come true- at least where apparel is concerned. The brand has its line of ample products including women's clothing and cosmetics. And don't forget to grab some striking accessories from the store; they sure add that zing to your personality and will make you look like a million bucks.
Those who are rioting, fussing, running and playing the whole day need clothes that can take it! Shirts, dresses and underwear by Petit Bateau do. Additionally they have what it takes to be a favourite: blue and white striped or in bright uni colours they suit every child. Parents love the selection of high-quality clothing and underwear for their babies and kids.
Chez Pias is the Belgian outpost of the record company [PIAS]. What was once the office of the newspaper Le Peuple where you could hear the incessant noise of the press, has now been turned into the swanky administrative office, performance venue and music store of [PIAS], where the only sounds are of the musicians and singers who regularly perform here. You will find vintage vinyl and records as well as contemporary albums in the store. The concert hall has played host to artists such as Agnes Obel, Tom Waits and Pixies, to name a few. The space also houses a bar and a restaurant called Humphrey, making this a truly unique spot that celebrates all the pleasures of life.
Ligne is a home decor showroom situated in the heart of Brussels that is known for its designer and top-of-the-line furniture collection. Apart from the furniture range, imported blinds and rugs are two of the most popular attractions amongst their huge customer base. Apart from these, Ligne plays host to numerous film shoots, photo shoots and a wide range of exhibitions on a regular basis attracting a large crowd from across the city.