Belgium is full of picturesque villages, vibrant cities and cosy streets. Many people often forget about this country; such a shame! It’s not only the capital of Europe, it’s also home to some of the best shopping cities. And because of the good train connections and small distances, you don’t even have to choose one place to visit. After reading this blog, you won’t be skipping Belgium on your next trip to Europe!
Brussels is the beating heart of Belgium. It has a political side, because it’s the capital of the European Union, but it’s also got an excellent shopping culture. Brussels offers a broad variety of shops throughout the city. It won’t be a problem finding big chains like H&M and Converse, but you’ll also stumble across small antique boutiques along the way. Just make sure you’re wearing comfy shoes: the shops are spread out over a large area, so you’ll be walking a lot. Hop in a cafe for a traditional Belgian waffle and try some delicious Belgian fries during your break!
Antwerp is only about 40 minutes away by train from Brussels. Easy peasy and perfect for a combi trip! You might even want hop off the train at Mechelen and visit some historical sights here. However, it’s Antwerp we’d really like to tell you about. According to our team of shopping pros, this is the best shopping city in Belgium! Thanks to the diversity in districts, everyone can find the new wardrobe they were looking for. Around Central Station, you’ll find ‘De Meir’, which is famous for its huge chain stores as H&M, Esprit and Mexx. Looking for a well-known brand? You’ll probably find it here. For those preferring luxury brands, try ‘Quartier Latin’ and ‘De Modewijk’, for top designer shops and exclusive collections. Fans of vintage stores are encouraged to visit ‘Het Eilandje’ and ‘t Zuid’. Just ask a local for directions to the districts: locals are very friendly and more than happy to help you!
Another 40-50 minutes away from Antwerp and Brussels, is Ghent. Ghent is truly worth a visit due to its many historical sights. Really, you don’t want to miss out on this one! It has beautiful churches, museums, canals and a castle, all in the city centre. Besides that, it’s the perfect place to stroll around and walk into some shops. Everything in Ghent is close by, so no need to rush. Is it time for a break? Pick a sunny terrace on one of the many squares in this city and try some Belgian beers.
Looking for discounts up to 70%? No problem!
That title got your attention, didn’t it? And I’m not even kidding. Belgium has two periods in which stores are allowed to have sales, namely ‘Solden’. The first one is in January and the second one is in July. It covers the whole month and discounts can go up to 70%! Insane, right?! Due to the fact that stores are only allowed to have sales during these two periods, the discounts are high in order to sell as much of the older collections as possible. Be prepared for a whole lot of craziness, in a positive way! During these months, the shopping areas are alive more than ever. Our advice: if you’re looking for a shopping trip, try to plan it in January or July. Book your hotel in advance: tourists as well as locals are planning trips to the city during these months. HotelSpecials is more than happy to help you with this.
In general, shops in these cities are opened from 10.00 till 18.00 o’clock. On Sundays the shops are closed, with some exceptions.
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