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 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!
Located on one of Brussels' most trendy shopping streets, this vintage store is one of Brussels' best. Gabriele Vintage sells women's clothing and accessories from the 1920s to the 1980s, including ball gowns, blouses, and more. This hidden gem's extraordinary style has been spotted by top international magazines such as Elle and Cosmopolitan. If you're looking for vintage shopping in Brussels, Gabriele Vintage should be your first stop.
This shop is inspired by the great Belgian comic book artist François Schuiten, who has always had a soft spot for architecture. In his famous book Brüsel, he designed a magical timeless city (inspired by Brussels, of course), on which the iron interior of this magical comic shop and gallery is based. For just Belgian comics, go to any major bookstore, but here you'll find the rarities - and an impressive collection of statuettes and gadgets, and not just Tintin. The gallery is on the first floor, and visitors are in for a real treat.
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.
In business since 1912, the family-owned Maison Renardy offers the very best in exceptional teas, coffees, and handmade chocolates, candies, pastries, and breads. Snuggled conveniently on the corner of Rue Anoul and Chaussée de Wavre, the shop's large glass windows are perfect for people watching or letting in light to read by. The perfect place to spend an afternoon chatting or relaxing, the Maison Renardy is classy yet undeniably comfortable and charming. If you don't have time to sit down and stay, Maison Renardy also sells loose leaf tea, snacks, and baked goodies to-go.
Galerie Toison d'Or was established in the 1960s and is one of the best places in the neighborhood to shop. This mall features 40 stores which includes fashion, toys, shoes and jewelry. There are also cafes, restaurants and specialty shops. Check out cultural events at the Théâtre De La Toison D’or and UGC Toison D’or.
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.
Abercrombie & Fitch is a popular brand that especially caters to young adults and the general youth all over the world. These stores feature a wide range of bottoms, with a nod towards their signature jeans collection, tees, sweaters and lots more for both men and women. For women, they also keep a trendy collection of skirts, dresses, leggings, blouses and much more. Known for their comfort and style, the inventory here also includes a snazzy collection of accessories such as shoes, bags, fragrances, hats, belts and lots more. Their Brussels store is located on Boulevard De Waterloo in Ixelles. Open all week, except Sundays, it makes for a popular shopping destination.
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.
Gazzetta Caffè & Deli, located on Rue de la Longue Haie, offers a delightful Italian treat that will take you back to your Nonna's kitchen. The rustic Italian fare thus served is crafted out of finest produce and ingredients and time-tested family recipes. Gazzetta's menu is dominated by home-made pastas which are enough to keep you coming back for more. Their daily specials come highly recommended. To complement these authentic dishes, Gazzetta also serves a great selection of European wines. The deli also retails top quality Italian products such as cheeses, oils, wines and such.