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Not so far from the Grote Markt and on the route towards Manneke Pis, you will walk pass the shop with many different cookes.
The name of the shop is Dandoy and you just have to go inside to see how many different cookies they have!
If it is open and there is not too much people inside, I usually hop in and by myself those tiny almond speculoos cookies.
They are so yummie tasteful!
What to buy: All kinds of cookes! so many choices.
Address: Boterstraat 31 Rue au Beurre - 1000 Bruxelles
Phone: +32 (0)2 . 511.03.26
Theme: Food and Drink
Thai supermaket in Brussels
Between the Rue de la Vierge noire and the Anspachlaan you have a small street called Rue St Catherine. This street is the Chinatown of Brussels I think.
You may not only find Chinese shops and restaurants here, there is also space for other Asian shops. The Thai Supermarket is here at number 7.
What to buy: You can buy anything that you expect to find in a supermarket; from food to household stuff.
What to pay: These kind of supermarkets are usually low priced
Address: 7 Rue St. Catherine, 1000 Brussels
Directions: Between Zwarte Lievevrouwstraat and Boulevard Anspach
Other Contact: fax.: +32/(0)2-. 502.74.24
exotic shopping in Brussels
If you walk the off the beaten path tour and you dare to leave the city centre behind you, you might find more exotic places in Brussels then you expected to.
When during Summertime Norali took me to Bruxelles-les-bains festival, we had to walk from the Fishmarket, over the Place Saint Catherine to the Quais of the canal.
Here we spotted many foreign storage houses and shops.
We stopped to buy some fruit for lunch.
The koreander and minth smell were so seducive and the big baskets with olives just were begging "take us with you" but we could not carry such big amount.
On this picture you can see a man watering his koreander so it would keep fresh despite the warm Summer temperature.
Theme: Food and Drink
Chinese pharmacist in Brussels
At the Rue St Catherine there is a new “shop” opened from 2004 on.
Well I don’t know if you can say it is a shop?
It is a pharmacist but you also can go there to have massage, or anything else that has something to do with Asian medical treatments.
It had a painted sign on the front reading:
“Colloque medical chinoise de la Belgique”
“Universite medicale chinoise de la Belgique”
“Centre Wu-Shu chinoise de la Belgique”
The windows were covered with articles (in Chinese) and anatomical drawings and sketches of body and body parts (feet).
As my Chinese is at level Zero I could not find out what there was written.
So I think I maybe should classify this shop as “healthy shop”?
What to buy: Health related things, spices, treathment, education, alternative medical care.
Address: Rue St Catherine
Directions: Between Place Sainte Catherine and Anspachlaan
Chocolat store at "Sinterklaas" time :)
When chocolate starts to get shapes of little figures.
Eastern and Saint Nicolas are those moments when you can buy chocolate in all kinds of shapes and figures. The windows of the shops are packed and decorated. The decoration can even be made out of chocolate!
They all whisper from behind the glass “Come inside and buy me. Eat me!”.
Ah sometimes they are so beautiful it is hard to put your teeth in it!
On this picture it is the occasion of Saint Nicolas, a Saint that is told to like kids and bring them presents.
What to buy: Chocolates of course!
Metro station vendor
Maybe a weird place to find a “shop” but in the loooooooong hall of the metro at central station this vendor is selling his stuff every day. Well at least each time I passed there.
It sure brings more “life” into the gray/yellowish long tunnel.
I often wonder if he does sell anything? It seems like people mostly just walk by.
Nevertheless it is colourful and nice to have him here!
What to buy: I think you only can buy the exposed cloths, I think you can use them as decoration or plaid? maybe as curtain or sjawl?
What to pay: I go check next time `-)
Address: Metro hall Central Station
Directions: Follow the sign from within the Central Station building towards the metro.
Market at Place Jourdan
Near Parc Leopold/Leopold Park you have Place Jourdan.
In the morning of the 30th November 2003 we passed it on our way to the Parc du Cinquantenaire not far away from here.
Of course we could not resists the scents of the olives, the cheese, and the food mmmmmmmmmmm!
So if you are hungry you still can get yourself an appetizer here, or just shop for food to take with you at home.
What to buy: I should buy food.
What to pay: Markets are usual places where you can buy at cheap prices
Address: Place Jourdan/Jourdanplein
Directions: Near Parc Leopold
Theme: Food and Drink
TinTin - Kuifke
This shop in the Spoormakersstraat has anything to offer that is related to the albums of Tin Tin.
If you don't want to buy anything, then still window shopping can be amusing :)
What to buy: All items related to the albums of Tin Tin
Address: Spoormakersstraat / rue des Eperonniers Brussel
Directions: At 5 minutes from Grote Markt
Antique shop at the Rue Haute Brussels
The Hoogstraat (Rue Haute) in the Marollen area (downtown) is a small but very popular street where you can find shops of different kinds of interests, going from antiques to small house hold equipment to grocery...
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Theme: Food and Drink
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