Destination Brussels Part 3: Shopping and 7 Top Attractions

 

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Destination Brussels Part 3:

Shopping and 7 Top Attractions

 

In this third and final part of the travel series “Destination Brussels”, Caitlin Krause explores the best shopping and attractions in the vibrant city of Brussels. Just a short trip from Zurich, this city is definitely worth a visit!

Shopping in Brussels

 

Brussels

As mentioned in the previous articles, Châtelain is home to many fine independent boutiques and fashion-forward shops. Creative boutiques line the cobblestone streets, selling everything from clothing to home décor and furniture. Jewelry and various gifts and accessories are also among the fantastic finds on Rue du Page, Rue du Bailli and surrounding streets.

The following are among my personal favorites:

A La Plage Brussels

A La Page – Rue du Prévot 2 This shop is filled with uplifting details, from the flower floor tiles to the high wood-beamed ceilings. Everything from linens to porcelain tableware can be found in this one-of-a-kind indie alternative to Pottery Barn.

A la Plage Brussels

Cattleya – Place Brughmann It might sound unconventional to shop for flowers while on vacation, yet Catleya will give you a reason to want to buy blooms for yourself (or, another special someone!).

Catelya flower shop Brussels

The shop is beautiful to behold, and the scents and sights are a feast for the senses.

Shopping in Brussels at Kelly

Kelly – Rue Darwin 58 Kelly’s owner, Clément De Clercq, hand-picks each item for this fashion boutique, which serves as the epitome of modern style and substance. The store’s website aptly describes its design philosophy: ” La femme “Kelly” ne suit pas la mode, elle la fait. Elle aime la créativité, l’originalité, et l’élégance en toute simplicité.” Translation: The woman “Kelly” doesn’t follow fashion, she makes it. She loves creativity, originality, and elegance with ease. I couldn’t agree more.

Kelly Brussels

Even if you’re not a shopper, you’re bound to enjoy exploring the scene! Now that you’ve had a taste of what makes Châtelain so special, the following are:

7 Must-Sees in the larger Brussels Area:

 

Destination Brussels Part 3: Shopping and 7 Top Attractions

 

7 – On your way exiting Châtelain, stop by the Horta Museum for a tour of the famous Art Nouveau architect’s exquisite home.

6 – Walk around the Galeries Saint Hubert, Galeries du Roi and Galeries de la Reine, with impressive glass roofs.

5 – Go to the MIM (Musical Instruments Museum), where you can tour the interactive exhibits, listening as you go. Don’t forget to go to the rooftop café, for an impressive city vista.

4 – Tour Cinquantenaire Park, with its impressive Arc de Triomphe

3 – Visit the Grand Sablon, surrounding parcs and shops, and Notre Dame du Sablon, a well-preserved Gothic cathedral with beautiful stained glass.

2 – Make sure to check out the Magritte Museum for a surreal art escape.

1 – Visit the Grand-Place, a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s an open medieval market square that once wowed the likes of Victor Hugo and Baudelaire, among others. Sometimes, the Grand-Place features flower carpets, festivals, and night light shows, so follow the local agenda for updates!

By the end of your trip, you’ll surely feel as if you’ve had an authentic Belgian experience, with a neighbourhood you can truly call your own stylish paradise: Châtelain!

Chatelain Brussels

If you missed the previous two articles in this travel series to Brussels by Caitlin, please click on the links below:

Patisseries in Brussels

Destination Brussels: City of Culture Fashion and Fine Cuisine

Chatelain Brussels

Destination Brussels: Where to Stay and Where to Eat in Brussels

All photos and text by Caitlin Krause

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