Shopping in Belgium

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Shopping here has everything from high-end designer boutiques in malls and department stores to outlet centers, street markets, back street local boutiques and more.

Foreigners arrive here from France, the UK, and other northern European countries to bag bargains and unique items in every shopping section, from home wares and fashion to tobacco items and alcohol. The country a perfect destination for shopaholics!

For years, day-trippers from the United Kingdom have converged in the Belgian village of Adinkerke, famous for its cheap tobacco and alcohol.

The country is well-known for its hand-made lace and tapestries, and antiques lovers flock to Brussels’ Grand Sablon’s weekend street market, even though haggles are few and far between. The markets here are committed to give you value for money, be sure to be kind as you bargain to make the most out of it!

One of the favorite purchases all over the country is Belgian chocolate, considered by most patrons to be the best in the world. Specialist stores such as Leonidas, Nihoul, Wittamer, and Neuhaus are nestled in every town, as are smaller independent shops offering handmade delights that are irresistibly impossible to avoid.

The most popular Belgian souvenir is lace though, ranging from antique hand-made examples to modern, machine-made easily-washable products.

Antwerp’s Orthodox Jewish diamond district is the perfect spot for stunning jewelry, as well as an interesting district for people-watching. For a great choice of general goods at bargain prices, the Brussels Gare du Midi market is the biggest in all Europe, crammed with spices from North Africa, leather goods, clothes, cheeses, fresh produce, honey, and street food stalls where bartering is normal.

For antiques in Antwerp, there’s nowhere quite like the 600-year old Vrijdagmarkt, a flea market in Belgium where everything is set for auction.

For luxury designer shopping, the Maasmechelen Village complex is an hour’s journey from either the capital or Antwerp and gives an elegant experience at discount prices at over one hundred designer stores, including Dolce and Gabanna, Karen Millen, and Hugo Boss.

For serious fashion shopping in the country, it’s well worth the trip. Do not limit yourself, catch a taxi and head straight to this spot with your friend, you won’t regret your choice!

An organized tour with ample downtime makes for a fuss-free route to move between major cities in this far-flung destination. In addition to shopping-centric destinations, stops on a well-rounded tour might include Brussels and Antwerp and perhaps even a short stay in a traditional yurt camp in the countryside.

In short, now’s the time to visit. Start your application today!! All for FREE! As with other facets of life in Belgium, food, and grocery are also sold in their local currency, so ensure to make all the necessary conversions and move around with a little local cash on you. Many of the establishments only accept USD.

"I enjoy shopping and I found it affordable but some of the clothes are definitely not of the highest quality." - Hassan from Turkey

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