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.
The Grasshopper is a place where waves of childhood nostalgia will wash over you. This is a toy shop where not one technological gadget can be found. Instead, there are cuddly toys in every color, shape and size, and toys that need to be wound up with a key to make them move or play music. You can buy floating seagulls to hang from the ceiling, and ducks to fish for, just like at the fair. Everything sold here is made in small workshops. This shop is a place where you can find great treasures and remember how it was to be a child!
Stijl is renowned among fashion junkies. With a host of designers all displaying their creations in one place, you'll find a lot of variety, for both men and women. Most of the designs featured here hail from former students of the renowned Fashion Academy of Antwerp. Peruse through the fantastic selection of styles from Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela and Dirk Bikkembergs and a host of latest creations from a multitude of other Belgian and international top designers. The staff also gives great advice if you need help choosing the styles that would suit you best.
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.
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.
The Marche aux Puces is one of the largest daily flea markets in the world! Here, nearly 200 dealers converge to offer up an abundance of steals and bargains on bric-a-bracs and antiques. This flea market is located near other antique shopping areas such as Place du Sablon and Rue Haute, but offers goods at much lower prices. Get your thrift on and stop by here for deals.
Founded in 1983, Filigranes is one of the most well-established and largest bookstores in all of Brussels, spanning over 2600 square meters (27986square feet). Set overlooking the iconic Parc de Bruxelles, the historic bookstore is one of the city's cultural and social hubs, attracting readers from all over Brussels and beyond. Their collection includes more than 180,000 publications that encompass genres like literature, philosophy, psychology, and fiction to name a few. The library also organizes literary workshops, reading sessions, and book launches within its premises.
This large store, attached to the Conrad International Brussels, is a historic toy store beloved by Belgians since 1959. Serneels offers a plethora of toys, games and educational activities for children of all ages. Find collectors items, games, baby items, and more.