5 Best Shopping Streets in Brussels
The sales season is infull swing in Belgium, but where do you go to find shopping gold in Brussels before the sales end on July 31?
The Bulletin has gathered five of Brussels’ best shopping streets to help you shop 'til you drop, and then some.
1. Rue Neuve
A pedestrian-only shopping avenue in Brussels, Rue Neuve (Nieuwstraat in Dutch) is by far the most populated Belgian shopping street with a daily average of 43,000 visitors. The street also houses many international brands, making it a great place for expats looking to shop in stores from back home. Still, the high amount of footfall this street receives daily can make shopping a stressful experience at times. We suggest you do your shopping first and then go elsewhere for a coffee.
2. Chaussée d’Ixelles
Chaussée d’Ixelles is Brussels' second busiest shopping street, with 31,200 shoppers perusing its shops each day. While Chaussée d’Ixelles is full of stores devoted to fashion, decoration and leisure, you can also veer off towards the Saint-Boniface neighbourhood where cafes, boutiques and restaurants await you in a hip and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Then, if you're really feeling shopaholic, push on to the Matonge neighbourhood, where you’ll find exotic food stores, beauty salons and clothing shops offering a little piece of Africa on Belgian soil.
3. Rue Antoine Dansaert
A focal point for fashion and design, the Dansaert neighbourhood is a top destination for shoppers. This main street and its side streets feature Belgium’s young and most happening artistic talent. What’s more, the area has numerous swanky restaurants and trendy bars dotted along the way, particularly between the Nouveau Marché aux Grains and the canal.
4. Avenue Louise
This 3km avenue links the hustle and bustle of Brussels to its calmer, posher neighbourhoods and finally ends before the lush green park Bois de la Cambre. The first 500m is filled to the brim with luxurious fashion stores and boutiques, but there are more and more stores settling in the area that suit those with a humbler shopping budget. When you start working up an appetite after all that shopping, meander off into Rue Jean Stas where cafes and more boutiques await.
5. Rue Bailli
Not too far from Avenue Louise in the heart of the Ixelles neighbourhood, Rue Bailli is a focal point for independent stores and knick-knack boutiques. Stroll along Bailli and pop your head into the variety of stores known for selling, well, just about everything you can imagine and then some. Needless to say, it's an ideal destination for buying a gift. Throw some clothing outlets into the mix, and Rue Bailli becomes a key location all year long. When all the shopping begins to tire you out, hop on over to Place Châtelain and Rue du Page for a spritzer or tapas plate.
Looking for more shopping options?
Check out ShopInBrussels - a website created by Atrium that includes 10,000 shops in the Brussels Region. It allows shoppers to discover stores by subject, district, and name.