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 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.
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.
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.
Just steps from several bus routes and a train station, Le Jardin de Luxembourg is a sweet little florist nestled in Brussels' Elsene neighborhood. With all the traditional offerings of a flower shop, Le Jardin is sure to have whatever you're looking for, whether it is a bouquet to brighten someone's day or a potted plant to take home yourself.
Nicola's Bookshop is a bibliophile's oasis in the heart of Brussels. Offering up a vast selection of books, periodicals, and other publications in five languages. Nicolas Bookshop is a must stop for the business or leisure traveler looking for a have-to-have magazine or periodical or just something to read. In addition, Nicolas Bookshop offers book club membership to keep members up to date with the latest books hitting the stores as well as in store author events.
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!
This upscale store in the heart of Brussels' costly shopping district sells fashionable and well-made clothing. With wooden floors and dim lights, the store has a limited collection, but their catalogues make the line seem extensive with all the combinations presented. If you are a fashionista or want to become one, head here and see what's the latest "style" or "fad".
The fashion and accessories brand is synonymous is luxury, quality and over-the-top indulgence, and with good reason- from hand crafted shoes made from the finest leather and stitched to perfection for some of the biggest names in society and showbiz such as Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo and some of the lucky few who happen to own a pair! Of course, the shoes do not come cheap but if you're in the mood to pamper yourself, spend a good buck for some trendy soles and give your feet the attention they more than deserve, head to the flagship store and watch your friends go green with envy hereafter.