+32 (0)9 225 20 56
Télesco occupies an Art Deco shop interior that has hardly changed since it opened in 1939. Located opposite the old meat hall, the family-run shop has a polished wooden floor, dark wood panelling and ornate lamps. Télesco started out selling umbrellas, but recently expanded its stock to include hats, gloves and bags.
Trein der Traagheid
Koningin Elisabethlaan 148
+32 (0)9 222 18 50
Named after a classic Belgian novel, this little gift store opened in 2017 in an old chemist’s shop near the railway station. The owner, who runs the bookshop next door, has kept the old wooden shelves and the ornamental counter, while two elegant backrooms have been turned into a sensual literary cafe where you can sit with a book and a coffee.
+32 (0)9 223 32 57
Located in a beautiful Baroque building facing the Groentenmarkt, Timmermans has been in business since 1845. The interior has been modernised, but it still has a long wooden counter and rows of little drawers with intriguing handwritten labels. The shop sells pens, Moleskine notebooks and handbags.
+32 (0)9 233 87 87
You may not need a ball of twine or a face-painting kit, but you should still take a look inside this craft shop run by the Flemish Chiro movement. It occupies a beautiful 18-th century waterfront house hidden down a narrow lane. The building still has a row of six cashier counters dating from the time when it was occupied by a stockbroker's firm.
Au Bon Marché
+32 (0)9 269 02 60
Caroline Verheugen sells beautiful and quirky hats in an old pharmacist's shop with a tiled floor and wooden shelves. he also stocks unique jewellery by Wouters & Hendrix. Actually, nothing is cheap here, despite the shop name.