Belgium

Belgium Travel Guide

The sister-owned store stocks their paired-down women's line.

What to Expect: Brussels' Christmas market has been around only since 2002, but it pulls off its Plaisirs d'Hiver/Winter Pret ("Pleasures of Winter") festival with elegant style.

The antique-jewelry shop is just down the street from Dries Van Noten's fashion flagship.

To go antiquing in Brussels is to bask in civility and ease. Stay hard by the Gothic, gilded Grand Place - a square called on of the most beautiful in the world by no less than Victor Hugo.

The small museum's collection of vintage cameras and photgraphy equipment offers a comprehensive history of the craft. Don't miss the bookshop which has excellent monographs.

Do yourself a favor and stop by the boutique chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini, in Place du Grand Sablon.

The designer makes custom vintage-style jackets and dresses. Pick up one of her tailored, Audrey Hepburn-inspired evening gowns.

A jeweler?A metalsmith?An art gallery?Call it what you like, but definitely stop by. The pieces - made of sterling silver or hand-hammered 18-karat gold - are set with roughly tooled semiprecious stones and pearls.

The atelier-laboratory of Antwerp Six fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck.

Find Katz in his Appelmansstraat digs, a chic showroom with a massive marble fireplace and an imposing chandelier. "You must consider your jeweler as you would your doctor," he says, stressing the importance of trust between buyer and seller. "He is the expert!"

Treat yourself to a package of speculoos (traditional Belgian spice cookies) to snack on as you descend back toward the Grand Place.

Though they aim to emulate Axel Vervoordt, this design store is a more affordable and polite version of eclectic Belgian style.

A two-story, white-walled space in the southern part of the city, this museum is one of the best contemporary art museums in Belgium, with a permanent collection that includes works by late-20th-century artists such as Joseph Beuys and Luc Tuymans.