Brussels Travel Guide

Shopping

Very few shops in Brussels open before 10AM, and most kick off about 10:30-11AM. Many shops are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Belgian specialities
Beer:
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Beer Mania174-176 Chausse de Wavre-Waversesteenweg, Ixelles/ElseneClaims to have a stock of over 400 beers, but has been overrun by beer tourists. The stock is extensive, but quite pricey in comparison to GB, Delhaize, or Carrefour. Beer Mania is a great place to find out of the ordinary beers.
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GB/CarrefourBranches around the city carry a wide variety of beers, including almost all Trappist beer. Selection varies by store. The GB in Grand Place has a large selection and offers prices that are approximately a third of the prices in tourist shops.
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DelhaizeSimilar to GB/Carrefour, but a tad more expensive.
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MatchAnother store similar to GB/Carrefour, but has more of the unusual Belgian beers including Delirium.
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CoraTwo very large supermarkets on the outer limits of Brussels. They have a much larger choice of beers than Carrefour/ Delhaize/ Match and some very nice gift boxes but still with reasonable supermarket prices.
Chocolate:
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LeonidasPrice: Inexpensive and good quality, at 5.05 for 250gvery popular with the locals.
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NeuhausA bit more expensive than Leonidas and a bit higher quality. Very popular with the locals as well. It is also possible to get good discounts by buying directly at the shop outlet outside of the factory (Postweg 2, 1602 Vlezenbeek, tel: 02/568.23.10) which is just on the outer limits of Brussels, just a short walk away from the Erasme/ Erasmus metro station. Prices can go as low as 10 per kilo, however only the products that are specifically marked as having reduced prices are worth the trip, other products have the exact same price as in local shops.
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MaryExcellent handmade chocolates, with this store originating from 1919.
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Passion Chocolat2/4 Rue Bodenbroek, also 20 Avenue Louis GribaumontDelicious chocolates, and they often offer free samples of 1-2 chocolates from their collection.
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Marcolini39 Place du Grand Sablon-Grote Zavel PleinArguably the best Belgian chocolates and priced accordingly. The country-specific products are difficult to find and quite worth the price.
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Wittamer6-12-13 Place du Grand Sablon-Grote Zavel PleinAnother excellent chocolate maker, with also a selection of macarons and cakes. They may however insist on a minimum 100g purchase for the chocolates.
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Chocopolis81 Rue du March aux Herbes-GrasmarktPick and choose your favorite type of chocolates, all at reasonable prices.
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Maison Renardy17 Rue de DublinstraatPhone: +32 02 514 30 17A great boutique shop with delicious chocolate and friendly service. Stop by for a cup of tea or coffee, and get one of their chocolates free with your tea. Still peckish? You're able to bring a whole box home.
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GodivaNot very popular and quite pricey.
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Chocolate barsFor the frugal, you can buy 100-200 gram gourmet bars of chocolate in grocery stores for about 1 each. Good brands to buy are Cte-d'Or and Jacques, both are Belgian.
Lace
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Belgian Laceamong the best in the world. Several shops are located at the Grand' Place-Grote Markt itself. Beware of some shops that sell Belgian lace even though production was outsourced abroad. Ask for a country of origin if purchasing around Grand Place.
Shopping
Shopping centres:
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Galeries Saint Hubert-Sint HubertusgalerijenThe world's first shopping mall, opened in 1847, is a light and airy triple-gallery enclosing boutiques, bookshops, cafs, restaurants, and a theater and cinema
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Galeria Inno111-123 Rue Neuve-NieuwstraatDepartment store (fashion, cosmetics, etc.)
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General shoppingwith GB supermarket at City 2 accessed from Rue Neuve-Nieuwstraat and Metro Rogier.
Markets:
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March aux Puces - VlooienmarktPlace du Jeu de Balle-VossenpleinHours: every day from 7AM-2PMThis flea market offers everything from the weird to the wonderful at rock-bottom prices.
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March du MidiMidi/Zuid stationHours: Sun 06:00 14:00One of the largest markets in Europe, with a strong North African influence. A great source of fresh fruits and vegetables, and the prices drop to dirt cheap by 13:30. Also a wide selection of clothes and other items.
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Christmas marketGrand Place, Boulevard Anspachlaan and on Vissenmarkt-March aux PoissonsHours: Late Nov-Early Jan240 wooden Christmas chalets line the streets looking like gingerbread houses, twinkling with fairy lights and covered with snow-top roofs. The chalets sell a variety of Christmas items, decorations, gifts and Christmas season food (including "vin chaud/gluhwein" mulled wine). Activities include a skating rink, a Ferris wheel, and ice dinosaur monster (admission fees). Brass bands, free performances and ice sculptures are also on display.
Film :
Books:
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Brsel100 Boulevard AnspachlaanRight in the center and one of the most up to date stores when it comes to contemporary comics.
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Filigranes39 Avenue des Arts-KunstlaanHours: open 7 days a weekthe largest bookshop in Brussels, features a small bar/caf inside and quite often live music.
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Sterling BooksOne of the most popular English bookshops in downtown Brussels.
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Pele-MeleBoulevard Maurice Lemonnierlaan, 55 & 59maze-like, second-hand bookshop with huge selection of used books at bargain prices. A bookworm's haven.

source: Wikivoyage

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