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A Guide to Shopping in Brussels, Belgium
Shopping in Brussels is bound to be an exhiliarating experience, as you will find yourself spoilt for choice. Brussels has over a hundred main shopping districts, each with hundreds of shops. You will not even know where to begin! Hopefully this guide will be able to help you.

You must make time to visit the Galeries Saint Hubert-Sint Hubertusgalerijen. It is the world's first mall, and here you can find books, apparel, food and even take the time go go for a movie. Other popular malls in Brussels include Westland Shopping Mall as well as Basilix Shopping Mall. Nieuwstraat, meanwhile, is Brussel's main shopping street. All along this street you can find little shops that sell clothes and many other goods. Waterloo Laan features designer stores such as Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vitton and many others. If you would like to find some Belgium lace, which is loved by people all over the world, then head for Grand' Place-Grote Markt where you will find several shops selling it.

In general, Brussels is particularly famous for two main things: its chocolate and its books. Marcolini and Wittamer are two popular chocolate shops. The Belgian chocolates, in particular, are of excellent quality. If you would prefer to sit down and have a chocolate experience, then head for Maison Renardy, which is a café featuring excellent chocolates that you can even sample before buying.

If you are a book lover, then Brussels is definitely the place for you. From comics to rare books to secondhand books, you will be sure to find a bookstore that delights you. Comic lovers should make a point to visit De Slegte and Brusel, two comic stores that keep an extensive and frequently updated collection. De Slegte also features many rare books. Other popular bookstores are Filigranes, the largest bookstore in Brussels, as well as Sterling Books. For those on a budget, be sure to head to Pele-Mele, a second-hand bookstore that will amaze you with both their prices and their large collection of books.

There are also numerous other interesting shops that you should try and visit. Beer Mania is a beer shop that stocks around 500 types of beer. Many of their beers are highly recommended. Even if you do not intend to buy anything, you will enjoy the experience that the shop offers you and can have fun browsing and sampling the beers. Senses Art Nouveau is a shop that features reproductions of famous art nouveau items. These make for excellent gifts and souveniors.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Brussels holiday accommodation & Worldwide Holiday Rentals.
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