The Smallest World-City
Built on its mercantile trade Brussels has been a shopping haven since the Middle Ages. The city is best known for its speciality shops and high quality design. Visitors can stake out any number of streets and find fashion gems, but a walk along Rue Antoine Dansaert Straat should not be missed. Here shoppers will be impressed by avant garde Belgian designers and fashion boutiques. Keep an eye out for top Belgian designers such as Jean-Paul Knot, Maison Martin Margiela and Annemie Verbeke. Equally impressive is Avenue Louise which is home to all the major international designers such as Chanel, Hermes, Dior and Belgium's own Diane von Furstenburg. The pleasure of this street is that amidst high end brands you will also find affordable shops. Innovation, a large department store is also located here. For bargains, and one of Brussels' most bustling shopping areas go to Rue Neuve in the city centre. Shopping lovers in Brussels can also pay a visit to Gallerie St. Hubertis (the first shopping arcade in Europe). Admire the glass and iron roof, while perusing the shops, known for their unique window displays. Belgium is also famous for its tapestries, crystal and antique shopping and of course chocolates.