Shop Although near to glitzy Avenue Louise, this tucked-away, leafy district is a real find – particularly when you realise that the designer labels are for sale at the fraction of standard prices at the DOD outlets dotted around. OK, so they are last season’s stock – but at these prices do we care? Your feet won’t be left out with cut-price shoe booty. If you are in Brussels during week, put Bailli’s Wednesday afternoon market in your diary, and join the shabby chic crowd. Pop into Les Précieuses (20 Place Brugmann) for bohemian jewellery and Cachemire, Coton et Soie (53 rue Franz Merjay) for luxury fabrics.
Snack Calorie conscious – don’t read on. Irsi (15 rue du Bailli) sells chocolate cubes that melt in hot milk to make a first-class hot chocolate, creamy chocolates (known as manons) and crunchy, sugared almond – all in the original 1920s interior. Le Framboisier Doré (35 rue du Bailli) serves delicious pastries and home-made sorbets and ice cream (including Gueuze beer flavour, which tastes really alcoholic), and has a lovely little terrace. Little bistros dot street corners - follow your nose.