Brussels’ shopping scene may not be as well-known as that of Paris and Milan, but the city certainly holds its own, with plenty of designer choices along Avenue Louise and in the arcaded galleries off Grand-Place, plus the specialty chocolate shops and antique stores around Sablon.
But one of the biggest draws for keen shoppers addicted to scoring some cut-price finds is Maasmechelen Village, Belgium’s most popular discounted outlet mall. Near Maastricht and the border of the Netherlands, the outlet center has more than 100 designer stores full of world-renowned names and offers the chance to secure savings of up to 60 percent on retail prices.
With shops including the British niche brands Barbour and Hackett London, international stores Escada, Timberland, Levi’s, Superdry and UGG Australia, plus Belgian chocolatiers Neuhaus and Leonidas as well as shops selling baby clothes, designer glassware and golfing gear, Maasmechelen Village is one of central Europe’s premier one-stop shopping destinations. There are several conveniently located lunch venues on site, including G&G and its pasta and Chez Lulu with its Belgian waffles, so visitors have time to concentrate on bargain-hunting.
In fact, taking a coach trip to Maasmechelen Village from Brussels completely frees you up to plunder the stores; there’s no need to worry about finding parking space, driving in Belgium or finding room to stow your purchases on public transport when you take this trip. You can even upgrade your shopping spree to incorporate a €20 ($14.50) voucher toward lunch at Ellis Gourmet Burger, plus a €50 gift card ($68) and a VIP card that gives additional savings at participating boutiques.