City Center Gift Shops, Brussels

It would be a pity to leave Brussels without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Brussels, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. All shops are located within a pleasant walking distance, in Central Brussels.
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City Center Gift Shops Map

Guide Name: City Center Gift Shops
Guide Location: Belgium » Brussels (See other walking tours in Brussels)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: Daniel

1) Stijl

What to buy here: Belgian haute couture.

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but some of the most respected clothes designers in the world are Belgian-born. Dries van Nooten, Ann Demeulemeester and Walter van Beirendonck are all regular participants of the Paris Fashion week.

Even though most of these designers are from Antwerp, they use the luxurious Rue Antoine Dansaert in the center of Brussels to display their latest creations. However, most of the assembled ateliers and boutiques also carry...   view more

2) A.M.Sweet

What to buy here: Belgian candy. Belgium’s best kept secret is a sugar bomb. The cuberdon, a cone-shaped sweet with a gooey inside and crackly outside, is almost exclusively sold on the Belgian market. It’s not like Belgian pastry houses refuse to sell abroad, but the vicar’s hats, as the French-speakers affectionately call them, simply go bad before they make it to your local candy store.

The recipe for cuberdons was almost wiped out during World War II. The shortage of gum arabic,...   view more

3) Brüsel

What to buy here: Belgian comic books. Just like in Japan, it’s perfectly normal to see a Belgian adult reading a comic book in public. Comic books are bestsellers here, with a staggering amount of titles catering to all age categories. Since Belgium is bilingual, each language part has developed separate styles, but they all come together in the capital of Brussels. Throughout the center you can find gigantic comic book murals, and the city is home to a comic book museum worth visiting.

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Herboristerie Moderne

4) Herboristerie Moderne

What to buy here: wellness products, medicinal or aromatic teas and spices.

Celebrities like Sting and Moby have been raving lately over a special ginger tea called Ginger Love. The hype around the hot drink reached a new peak when Starbucks briefly considered adding it to its menu.

So what’s all the fuzz about? Ginger Love, a foamy herbal tea with citrus fruit and ginger, contains neither caffeine nor theine and supposedly does wonders for the immune system and potency. It was created...   view more

5) Dandoy

Since 1829 the Dandoy biscuiterie produces delightful traditional Belgian specialties. These delicious biscuits are totally handmade, after recipes that are family secrets and have been handed down from one generation to the next over a period of two hundred years or thereabouts. A box with tasty Dandoy biscuits will remind you of Brussels once you are back home. Dandoy is open Monday - Saturday 8:30 - 19:00; Sunday 10:30 -...   view more
Boutique Tintin

6) Boutique Tintin (must see)

Tintin comics are a part of Belgian heritage like Victor Horta's masterpieces or Rene Magritte’s famous paintings. Those who are fond of comics must definitely visit the Tintin boutique on Grand Place. Here you can find the comics translated into 50 languages, various prints, bags, clothes, rugs and watches and other Tintin merchandise. Also, you can choose from a huge collection of toys themed on the cartoon that will make every child happy.

You can find a new Galerie Tintin in...   view more

7) Marjolaine

Marjolaine is a shop in Centre Ville, Brussels, located at 7 Rue de la Madeleine. It specialises in collectible toys and antique gifts. Among the sold items here are old baskets, vintage lace, tons of colourful and unique jewellery, as well as small and cute boxes, various interesting fabrics and charming dolls. This store is a perfect place to choose a gift for your kids.

Operation Hours Wednesday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Thursday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 7:00...   view more
Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert

8) Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert (must see)

The Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert are an excellent example of a covered shopping gallery that dates back to 19th century. Seven of these shopping galleries were built in Brussels in between the 1820s and 1830s. The St. Hubert Gallery is one of three that still survive today. The architect for the gallery was Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar and it officially opened in 1847. The two primary sections of the gallery are called the King’s Gallery and the Queen’s Gallery. They measure 8 meters (26 feet)...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Manufacture Belge de Dentelles S.A.

9) Manufacture Belge de Dentelles S.A.

What to buy here: Belgian old fashion lace. Once upon a time, little old Belgium was the epicenter of the lace trade. Back in those days, the precious material was only used to adorn the gowns of clergymen and royalty, but over the ages each country adopted its own style until it became a commodity.

Most of the lace production has become entirely Made in China, but in Belgium there is still a small group of workers who continue to uphold the age-old tradition of handmade lace embroidery.

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Délices & Caprices

10) Délices & Caprices

What to buy here: Belgian beer. What other way to start this shopping list than a fine Belgian beer?

Brewing runs in the Belgian’s blood. The country may be best known for its six ancient Trappist brewing monasteries, but they are joined by an ever growing number of microbreweries. The choice is overwhelming, the overall quality high. As this is a Brussels guide, we selected a specialty beer of one of its most popular local breweries: Brasserie de la Senne. The two owners, who started out...   view more
Maison Halter Ethnics

11) Maison Halter Ethnics

Maison Halter Ethnics is a lofty shop situated at Galerie du Roi no.28 in Centre-Ville, Brussels. Among other things it has on offer are an exceptional collection of ethnic jewellery - silver and golden rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and others - representing various cultures, including Oceania, Central Asia, India and other parts of the world. The shop is owned by Michel Halter, an established jewellery dealer with over 25 years of experience, who is also a renowned member of the Belgian...   view more
Val Saint Lambert

12) Val Saint Lambert

What to buy here: Belgian glassware. Instead of buying a present that says ‘I went to Brussels and all I got was this lousy t-shirt’, how about you get something the Belgian royal family might have on their coffee table?

Handmade crystal ornaments from the small Wallonian village Val Saint Lambert have been a Belgian calling card since the eighteenth century, but in the last decades the small factory faced near crippling economic hardship.

In 2008, a rich wine family took over and...   view more
Le Roi Du Cigare

13) Le Roi Du Cigare

What to buy here: cigars. Yes, we know it isn’t allowed anymore to smoke in bars and restaurants in most western countries, including Belgium. But we’ll gladly step outside to enjoy a fat, juicy after-dinner cigar.

Even though the Cuban is still the king of cigars, Nicaragua has been making a name for itself with its great leaf quality and favorable prices. The Nicarao brand is entirely produced in the South-American country, but the blend is a Belgian invention. Didier Houvenaghel...   view more

Walking Tours in Brussels, Belgium

Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

Creating your own self-guided walk in Brussels is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Leopold Quarter Walking Tour

Leopold Quarter Walking Tour

Built in 1837, the Leopold Quarter is a popular district in Brussels and features some of city's most significant buildings, like the Paul-Henri Spaak building, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and Antoine Wiertz Museum. The district is also home to the popular Leopold Park and Jean Rey Square. Check out this next three-hour tour and enjoy the best sites of the Leopold Quarter in Brussels.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Marolles and Matonge Nightlife

Marolles and Matonge Nightlife

Brussels' nightlife is represented by the variety of its clubs, among which are not only out and out discotheques, but also clubs that host world-famous DJs and live music. Brussels is home to some of the most fashionable night clubs in Belgium. Take this walking tour to visit the most famous venues located in the Marolles and Matonge districts of Brussels.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
City Center Orientation Walk

City Center Orientation Walk

Brussels is a major European capital with a remarkable history and cultural heritage. It features a large number of architectural sites, museums and world -famous specialty shops. Take a walk and discover the main landmarks of Brussels such as the world-renowned Grand Place and the Royal Palace.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
City Center Churches

City Center Churches

Brussels is the cultural capital of Belgium, it is also the spiritual home of Belgium's most significant churches. The city has a number of unique religious sites such as the Saint Nicholas Church, the Church of Notre-Dame de la Chapelle and the Sablon Church. Take this tour to visit some of the most impressive churches and cathedrals in Brussels' city center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Small Ring Walking Tour

Small Ring Walking Tour

The Small Ring is a road in Brussels which surrounds the historic center of the city. It was built on top of the city's former fortifications, originally constructed in a pentagonal shape. Today, the Small Ring is home to several significant sites, such as the Egmont Palace, impressive memorials, as well as the last remains of the city's fortifications, the Halle Gate. Take this two-hour walking tour to visit the most important attractions on Brussels' Small Ring.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Royal Sightseeing Walking Tour

Royal Sightseeing Walking Tour

The main Royal site in Brussels is the statue of Godfrey of Bouillon, which actually represents the center of the Royal Square. Also known as the Royal Place, the Royal Square is surrounded by the Royal Palace, the Royal Museums and the Royal Library. All these served as the official residence to the King of Belgium. Enjoy this two hour tour to visit the Royal places in Brussels.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

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