Best Shopping

From all the shops and stores in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best offerings. We deliver a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Brussels shopping on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Best Shopping list for Brussels. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Les Marolles
Vieux Marche

This flea market has been in operation since 1640, and it's been open daily since 1919. The working-class district of Marolles is a pleasant morning destination. Grab a cup of coffee and a waffle, and watch the locals rushing off to work. Then,...  Read More

Avenue Louise

It makes sense that the fashionable enclave of Ixelles is home to shopping hotspot Avenue Louise. Inno, the city's most well-rounded department store, offers everything from clothing to housewares and has a branch here; however, upscale...  Read More

Galeries Saint-Hubert

This Italian Neo-Renaissance arcade is considered one of Europe's oldest "malls." Charged by King Leopold I with its construction in 1837, young architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaars converted the entire Rue Saint-Hubert into the airy arcade that...  Read More


To maintain its stellar reputation, Belgian chocolate is strictly monitored for quality by the government. Consequently, it's impossible to find "bad" Belgian chocolate. But how do you decide where to shop for it? Try Leonidas, which offers...  Read More

Upper Town

This pastry shop is one of Brussels' most famous, and rightly so. Wittamer has been building a reputation since 1910, and locals show up to grab a light breakfast, to indulge in a fabulous dessert, or to find a gift for someone special....  Read More

Boutique de Tintin

A comic memento is a unique, fitting way to remember a trip to Brussels, and no character is more closely associated with Belgium than Tintin. Luckily, this shop offers plenty of merchandise, including Tintin clothes, rugs, toys, prints and...  Read More

Upper Town

This popular Belgian designer has become a household name since debuting in 1985. Thanks to an affinity for light silks and chiffon, her fashions for women are described as "floaty" and "fairy-like." In addition to a ready-to-wear collection and...  Read More

Manufacture Belge de Dentelle

How can you visit Belgium without bringing home authentic Belgian lace? Brussels' largest lace-maker offers excellent, reasonably-priced handmade goods, which are of higher quality and greater durability than machine-manufactured products. Both...  Read More

This shop is a destination for beer connoisseurs traveling in Brussels. Visitors award consistently high marks for the broad selection – over 400 Belgian beers – and the helpful husband-wife owners. Beer Mania is the small "pub" counter in...  Read More

This square takes its name from "sable," the French word for "sand." Years ago, the area was a nondescript, sandy lowland on the way to Brussels proper. Today, the square is filled with art galleries, boutiques and upscale cafes; it's also the...  Read More

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