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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

    • Atomium

      Landmark
      The Atomium, which was built in 1958 for the World Exhibition and represents an ice crystal that has been magnified 165 billion times, is the unmistakable symbol of Brussels. An elevator takes visitors up to the highest of the nine spheres (102 m above the ground). You can enjoy a wide range of Belgian specialities here – as well as the panoramic views of Brussels.
      Square de l‘Atomium
      1020 Brussels
      +32 2 479 58 50
      atomium.be
    • Hoet

      Concept store
      The products by the Hoet design team are available to purchase on Brussels’ trendiest street. Everything is about finding the perfect balance between design, functionality, technology and the laws of economy. The spacious showrooms with tall mirrors, colourful rugs and furniture – all of which are for sale – also contain exclusive eyewear by von Hoet, Theo Eyewear, lamps and jewellery.
      Rue Antoine-Dansaert 97
      1000 Brussels
      +32 2 512 04 47
      hoet.eu
    • Dandoy

      Homemade biscuits
      There’s a wonderful smell of biscuits in the air close to the Grand-Place; if you follow your nose, you’ll end up at Dandoy, where for generations everything has been made by hand, without artificial aromas or chemical additives. Apart from the historic shop, there are five others in Brussels city centre that sell the traditional «Spekulaas» spicy biscuits as well as many other types, spiced bread, almond cookies and pain à la grecque. Mhhhm!
      Rue au Beurre 31
      1000 Brussels
      +32 2 511 03 26
      maisondandoy.com
    • Mary Chocolatier

      70 kinds of chocolate
      Paradise for lovers of chocolate and chocolates. You can choose from around 70 different handmade chocolates in this elegant shop with the Rococo interior – and it also has what is probably the best dark chocolate in Belgium. The perfection and quality of her products have been of the utmost important at «Mary’s», purveyor to the Belgian royal family since 1942.
      Rue Royale 73
      1000 Brussels
      +32 2 217 45 00
      mary.be
    • Stijl

      Belgian fashion
      The quarter and street owe a particular debt of gratitude to the owner of this stylish boutique for making them the centre of young Belgian fashion. Sonja Noël’s talent and confident taste have won through. She believes in wearable avant-garde fashion, and in the wonderful ambience of her shop sells Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten and Tim Van Steenbergen – whom she describes as Belgium’s best-kept secret.
      Rue Antoine-Dansaert 74
      1000 Brussels
      +32 2 512 03 13
      stijl.be
    • Place du Jeu-de-Balle

      Flea market
      A flea market is held in the traditional Marolles quarter every day between 7.00 and 14.00. Saturday is the most entertaining day to go. It offers a brightly coloured mix of clothing, Art Deco objects, old furniture, oriental pictures, Chinese vases and industrial lamps. The prices are mostly fair, and it is a true delight to stroll through this café-encircled flea market. And afterwards, you simply must continue your perambulations along the nearby Rue Blaes and Rue Haut.
      Place du Jeu-de-Ball
      1000 Brussels
    • Rubbrecht Detelliers

      Lace craft
      In the 18th century there were over 10,000 lace makers in Brussels; today, this craft has all but disappeared. Rubbrecht is one of the few establishments that still practise this old art. Its lace is handmade by lace makers who work from home.
      Grand Place 23
      1000 Brussels
      +32 2 512 02 18
      enjoylace.com
    • Senteurs d‘ Ailleurs

      One-of-a-kind perfumery
      This unique boutique has been selling rare and exclusive fragrances for over 20 years. Brands that carry a lot of prestige and have a tremendous amount of respect for the environment. It sells skincare products and candles as well as perfume. The perfect team helps customers with their search for special fragrances. The standard of advice is first-class, and known beyond the country’s borders.
      Place Stéphanie 1A
      1000 Brussels
      +32 2 511 69 69
      senteursdailleurs.com
    • Musée Magritte

      Surrealism
      Visitors have been flocking to this elegant neo-Classic building since 2009 to admire the 2500 m² of the René Magritte exhibition. It is the world’s biggest and also the loveliest collection of works by the Belgian surrealist artist.
      Place Royale 1
      1000 Brussels
      +32 2 508 32 11
      musee-magritte-museum.be

    LOCAL TIP

    The «Filigranes» bookshop is a wonderfully cosy place where you can read books and magazines for free, have brunch or a light lunch, drinks and beverages, and enjoy exquisite jazz.

    Nataša
    Bookshop Filigranes
    Avenue des Arts, 39/42
    1040 Brussels
    +32 2 511 90 15
    filigranes.be