Main Shopping Areas in Brussels
There are good shopping areas in Brussels, though the mall culture is not as developed as in countries such as the USA. As such you may need to spend some time travelling to reach the shopping districts as well as major stand-alone brand shops instead of having all of the stores under one roof. The spread out nature of shopping in Brussels can make it a rather planned affair as you’ll decide where to shop based upon what you are in the market to buy. Below is a list of some of the more popular areas in which to shop.
Rue Neuve – The longest pedestrian shopping street featuring a large collection of international chain stores like Benetton, H&M, and more.
Avenue Louise and Chaussee de Waterloo all provide higher-end designer shopping in the higher price ranges.
Rue Antoine Dansaert – Avenue featuring many Belgian designers. Close to the stock exchange, the prices can be very expensive.
Sablon Antique Market – For antique lovers, this is a must. This marketplace is located in the Place du Grand Sablon near the Palace of Justice. Prices can be very expensive. It is open on weekends with over 100 stalls selling a wide range of antiques and crafts.
Woluwe Shopping Centre – On the outskirts of the city, this is a classic mall offering pretty much what you would expect in a mall, department stores, brand names, food mall etc, though no movie house. Very popular, particularly during sales. http://www.thewshopping.be/nl/
Basilix Shopping Mall – A smaller mall, this nonetheless offers some good everyday basics, clothing and electronics shopping. http://www.basilix.be/
Modo Brussels is a non-profit organization established by the Ministry of the Economy of the Brussels-Capital Region promoting local designers and fashion and provides addresses to where they or their creations can be found. http://www.modobruxellae.be/index_uk.htm
There is also a useful website that gives in depth information on the regional commercial areas of Brussels.