Brussels' most exclusive shopping district provides a multitude of upscale shopping on Boulevard de Waterloo, between its intersections with Chausée D'Ixelle and Avenue Louise, and down Avenue Louise itself. Just strolling through this neighborhood, one notices a radical change in the way people dress and carry themselves. Jeans give way to Hugo Boss suits, and sneakers are replaced with Gucci stilettos. Visit during the summer and the two wide streets are veritable fashion runways. This is where Belgium's aristocracy hang out, where high-powered business execs book rooms (at one of the neighborhood's top-of-the-line hotels), and where trust-fund bunnies spend hours replenishing their wardrobes. Cartier, Armani, Chanel anyone? Welcome to Brussels' equivalent to New York's Fifth Avenue, Paris's Rue Faubourg and London's Knightsbridge.
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.
The Ars Vinorum is an epicurean delight, geared towards true-blue gourmets. Their selection of Italian wines, cheese, conserves, flavored olive oil and specialty foods are great for a special occasion or authentic Italian dinner. Discover a range of hard-to-find items like white truffles, olive oil from Naples and more. The restaurant features a charmingly rustic, cozy ambiance, ideal for a quiet meal with a date. The menu changes weekly, depending on what's in season. You'll find dishes like swordfish carpaccio with zuchini and capers; ravioli with braised meat sauce; swordfish steak with beans and fennel drizzled in olive oil. Their wine list features a fine selection from Italy, from fruity whites to robust reds.
Woluwe Shopping Center can be found in the outskirts of the city. All kinds of shops and all price ranges are gathered here. On the ground floor you find mainly food: a supermarket, butchers, bakers, cheese shops and cafe-bars. There are even interior decorators and florists. There is even a chapel where they still say Mass every week. Upstairs you can find anything you want: clothes, shoes, books, furniture, ornaments and CDs. In the middle of the shopping center there is a juice bar where they squeeze fresh fruit or vegetable juice. So head to this shopping center to discover where the locals shop!
Maison Chevalier's distinctly eclectic style definitely allows it to carry something for every sense of style and taste. On top of carrying vintage and antique home decor, the shop also offer handmade European products, soaps, lotions, shower gels, fragrances, toys, and an array of accessories. Located in the Elsene neighborhood of Brussels, this boutique won't disappoint if you are looking for a unique gift, souvenir, or decoration.
The antique market on Place Du Grand Sablon takes place every Saturday and Sunday under the tower of the Notre Dame du Sablon church. An array of items can be found here - books, watches, glasses, candlesticks, jewelry, paintings, clocks and many more. On the historic square itself you will find a great deal of antique shops as well as cafes and chocolatiers, ideal for souvenir shopping.
Emery & Cie is a paint that can be described as acrylic casein paint, casein being a protein substance that can be found in milk. The paint looks matt, dries quickly and is odourless. In addition, it can be used on any material: plaster, bricks, cement, wood, carton, paper, cloth and glass. In the display window they claim you can paint 7-9m² with 1kg paint. There is a wide range of colour samples; the shop's intention is to allow you to take a look at their entire collection. You can ask for advice if unsure of a specific colour combination.
Located in Place du Jeu de Balle, this age-old flea market strives with an aim to promote the cultural heritage and the architectural buildings in the locality. Managed by the Brussels Municipality, Marcheaux Puces de Bruxelles has more than five hundred stalls and stores, all selling items from estate-sale gems and antiques to vintage clothings and paintings- there is nothing you won't find here. Bookworms will be pleased to know that the vast array of second-hand books consist of some forgotten best-sellers, which of course some very cheap. All these, at a price comparatively lower than other flea markets. A must-visit for those like to get their money's worth and love flea bargains!