Lifestyle and Shopping in Brussels

Brussels is a wonderfully cosmopolitan and culturally fascinating city for expats to relocate to. With a rich history, wonderful attractions and as the headquarters of organisations such as the EU and NATO, there’s definitely a feeling of being an integral cog in the wheel of society. Brussels offers its residents great shopping opportunities and a wide variety of restaurants serving both local and international cuisine; as well as a thriving nightlife scene, good entertainment venues, and world-class sports facilities.
Many of Brussels’ wealthier residents spend an awful lot of time and money competing for the best buys and the latest and greatest designer goods. But if you’re not that worried about keeping up with the Joneses, you’ll still enjoy the shopping opportunities that Brussels has to offer.

Shopping in Brussels

For designer clothing and boutiques, peruse the aisles on the Boulevard de Waterloo area and Avenue Louise where names like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci adorn the shop windows. Additionally, the Rue Neuve is Brussels’ longest street and is a pedestrian only shopping heaven! Chain stores abound while independent stores can be found between the Grand Place and the Rue Lemonnier.

For everything you need under one roof, look no further than Westland Shopping Mall where over 140 stores can be found selling everything from clothing and jewellery to books and cameras. Most shops in Brussels open from 9am and close at 6pm, providing plenty of hours to shop till you drop!

Nightlife in Brussels

Brussels’ nightlife may not rival that of its European neighbours’, but it still packs a punch with a wonderful selection of pubs, overflowing with Belgium’s best brews, as well as trendy clubs, discos and live music bars.

Most Brussels residents prefer to head down to their local pub for a pint (or two) of their favourite brew before heading out for dinner and a night on the town. Even happy hour is a jovial affair, especially at the Place Broucker, where these ‘after work’ drinking holes abound.

If you’re looking for a pulsating bass line and pumping tunes, Rue du Marché au Charbon is the place to go, strip of bars and clubs light up the street, while the trendy crowd prefer to mingle and be seen at the upper-town clubs and bars.

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