From Belgian beers and glassware to decadent chocolates, here’s where to shop for some of Brussels’ best souvenirs.
For Beer Lovers: Beer bars are to Brussels what sidewalk cafés are to Paris—they’re everywhere and the best places to drink your way through the country’s world-class tipple of choice. For takeaway bottles and Belgian beer glasses, head to Beer Mania (Ixelles), Beer Planet (Brussels), or Malting Pot (Ixelles), each of which stocks hundreds of bottles from around the country.
For Chocoholics: You won’t have to go far to stumble upon a sweet-smelling chocolaterie, but outlets for a few of the most well-known producers—including Godiva and Neuhaus—are conveniently located near La Grand-Place. Exquisite chocolates from local legends Pierre Marcolini, Jean Galler (also at La Grand-Place), and Massimo Ori (at Passion Chocolat) are well worth hunting down, as well.
For Souvenirs: Everybody wants a t-shirt, key chain, umbrella, backpack or countless other items emblazoned with—or sometimes shaped like—the urinating Manneken Pis, right? Of course. Browse entire shops full of wonderfully tacky souvenirs in the La Grand-Place area.
For Foods and Vintage Treasures: Put your bargaining skills to the test at one of Brussels’ colourful flea markets, some of the largest in all of Europe. A few of the best ones are massive Marché du Midi (fantastic street foods and so much more; Sundays only), Place Jeu de Balles (antiques and vintage goods), and Marché de la Place du Châtelain (foodie heaven; Wednesday afternoons only).