The must-visit boutiques in Belgium
From luxurious Belgian chocolates to locally made design objects, find everything you need at these 10 amazing stores in Belgium
Moncler’s fabulously stylish outerwear is a winter essential and the brand has opened a new store in Brussels. Visitors can expect to find Moncler’s main and Grenoble collections, including a wide array of menswear, womenswear and accessories.
Moncler, 57A boulevard de Waterloo, 1000 Brussels, +32 (0)2 514 1302
The aim of The Game is to present visitors with an ever-changing selection of eclectic and stylish goods. The products, which range from quirky ceramics to home interior wares to novelty candles, are curated by Alexis Ryngaert, founder of the Victor Hunt Designart Dealer gallery. While there are always 52 projects on display, customers should be quick, as each week one is replaced in order to keep up a constant evolution.
The Game, 123 boulevard Anspach, 1000 Brussels, +32 (0)2 503 4418
Wouters & Hendrix
Last year, jewellery brand Wouters & Hendrix opened a flagship store in Antwerp’s fashion district to house its silver and gold collections under the same roof for the first time. Situated on Steenhouwersvest, the new store has an interior that is perfectly in line with the brand’s aesthetic, combining art, eccentricity, heritage and a touch of futurism.
Wouters & Hendrix, Steenhouwersvest 52, 2000 Antwerp, +32 (0)3 231 6242
Antwerp’s Verso boutique began as a low-key menswear store two decades ago and is now a nationally renowned concept store housed in a restored 16th-century mansion. One visit to this impressive space makes it easy to see why the store has been so successful. Once you’ve restocked your wardrobe, head to the Verso Café next door to refuel.
Verso, Lange Gasthuisstraat 11, 2000 Antwerp, +32 (0)3 226 9292
The Little Green Shop
It’s not often that you find a store that’s a fantastic florist, a charming tea room and an ideal brunch spot for vegetarians, hence The Little Green Shop is special. Located on the ground floor of a traditional Belgian building, the space is filled with cheerful plants, quirky furniture and delicious things to eat and drink.
The Little Green Shop, 314 chaussée d’Alsemberg, 1190 Brussels, +32 (0)2 218 1121
There are Belgian chocolates and then there are Pierre Marcolini chocolates. As one of the country’s most revered chocolatiers, Marcolini is known for his imaginative approach and ultra-chic packaging. His company is one of the few to oversee manufacture from bean to bar, and although an international brand with 24 boutiques it remains deeply committed to its cocoa suppliers.
Pierre Marcolini, Markt 11, 8000 Bruges, +32 (0)50 349810
Curated clothing stores are the way forward, as ManouOever28 proves. Located in an art deco building in the heart of Antwerp’s historic quarter, the store is all about design, inside and out. This unique boutique focuses on quality and craftsmanship in its carefully curated selection of apparel, handbags, jewellery, accessories, ceramics and other design objects.
ManouOever28, Oever 28, 2000 Antwerp, +32 (0)4 6825 1820
If you are yet to experience one of Karl Lagerfeld’s own-label stores, head to the Antwerp Karl Lagerfeld boutique. In partnership with Lagerfeld himself, the architectural studio Plajer & Franz has created a minimalist store focusing on a monochrome palette among other trademarks of the brand’s design. An exciting and extensive digital experience is offered, with iPads dotted around to allow visitors a window into the digital world of Karl Lagerfeld.
Karl Lagerfeld, Schuttershofstraat 53, 2000 Antwerp, +32 (0)3 303 1856
Multi-brand boutique Icon has been a vital presence in the Brussels fashion scene for more than 12 years. Situated in the Dansaert area, Icon stocks everything from footwear and accessories to jewellery and womenswear. Brands such as Acne Studios, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Mother of Pearl are represented, alongside up-and-coming local designers.
Icon, 5 place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains, 1000 Brussels, +32 (0)2 502 7151
Fork’s restaurant serves seasonal, homemade cuisine alongside a fine European wine list and a great selection of Belgian beers. The adjoining store is an authorised Freitag dealer and stocks an array of the brand’s colourful accessories.
Fork, 13 rue du Rempart des Moines, 1000 Brussels, +32 (0)2 201 7770
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