If you are an expat who has just arrived in Brussels, you don’t know supermarkets and shopping areas or you would like to decorate your home in an original way, you can find a lot of possibilities for every budget.
In every neighborhood we can find one or several small grocery stores with a bit higher prices, but it is a good solution in emergencies thanks to its flexible hours (open until late at night, and in many cases also on Sundays).
Supermarkets normally close at 8 pm. except Fridays when they close at 9 pm. Deals are Aldi, Lidl and the Belgian chain Colruyt, compared with competitors Carrefour and Delhaize. If you have time to plan, it is important to know that on Sundays only open some large chain supermarkets as Carrefour Express.
All Belgian cities have a shopping area in the center, typically located on a pedestrian street. Brussels has its own in the Rue Neuve area with articles on everything from clothing and footwear (you can find large multinationals such as H & M, Zara and Primark). On the other hand, if you prefer large firms or you are looking for a unique item for a special occasion, the street where to find luxury shops like Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Salvatore Ferragamo is Louise and Toison d’Or avenue.
These two are the main shopping areas of the capital, however, other neighborhoods are getting importance for its authenticity. For lovers of the exotic items Ixelles may be the right corner, and the neighborhood Dansaert to find pieces of young creators.
Sales dates and schedules
The Belgium sales are known for their great offers, and are held in strict official dates: January for the winter and July for the summer. The shops are normally open from Monday to Saturday and closing time is around 18 pm.
In Brussels you can enjoy numerous markets and itinerant stands throughout the whole city.
“Marché aux Puces” / “vlooienmarkt”
If you want to decorate your house with ancient furniture and original objects, or to discover the mythical trail where Tintin found the model of “La Licorne” (the boat of the Captain Haddock ancestor), you can walk around the “marché aux puces” everyday from 6 am to 14 pm.
This market is in the Jeu de Balle square, opposite of Notre-Dame Immaculée cathedral (with many similarities with the Paris one!). On weekends, stands and visitors increase, and it is very common not accept the initial price and haggle with vendors.
“Marché du Midi”
Wandering around the stalls of the Marché du Midi is a unique event that invites you to travel to Morocco for a few hours. In addition to the amount of spices, tea, olives and fruit and vegetable stands at very low prices, you can find household items and food from around the world. You can visit it every Sunday from 6 am to 14 pm in front of the station Bruxelles-Midi station.