Name: Linda Van Waesberge
Profession: Stylist and creative fixer of all things
Lives in: Dansaert District
If you have kids Chicago is a lovely address for food, drinks and delicious cakes. This is my favourite breakfast spot, enjoying coffee, local newspapers and one of the yummy dishes.
Chicago, Rue de Flandre 45
Showroom_144, the innovative design shop will impress you with an outstanding design selection of contemporary and vintage furniture, artisanal objects and art based on quality, texture, geometry, freshness and comfort.
Showroom_144, Rue Léon Lepage 47
The Stijl’s men’s store across the street at number 6 of the Nouveau Marché aux Grains is a truly exceptional men’s store with clothing, shoes and accessories of Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Haider Ackermann, Raf Simons, Walter Van Beirendonck, Jan-Jan Van Essche, Cedric Jacquemyn and Stephan Schneider topped by the amazing vegan shoe collection of young talent Rombaut.
Stijl Men, Nouveau Marché aux Grains 6
The finest address for Belgian designer shopping: Stijl. Founder Sonja Noël opened in the early eighties and is ever since the most outstanding address for established Belgian designers and young talent like the talented Gioia Seghers and Katrien Van Hecke, mixed with international designers Vetements, Rick Owens, Lutz Huelle and Norwegian Rain.
Here you discover the best selection of Ann Demeulemeester, A.F.Vandevorst, Dirk Van Saene, Dries Van Noten, Veronique Branquinho, Sofie D’Hoore and more.
Stijl, Rue Antoine Dansaert 74
Here we are at the beautiful Annemie Verbeke store. Annemie Verbeke is a Belgian designer, she founded her label in 1998. The most important continuity throughout all the collections of Annemie is the yearning, the desire to achieve a personal view on sublime "daily life" clothes.Her highly successful creative knitwear is unique and expresses her extreme sensibility for the intimate combinations of colours and materials. Dresses and skirts have always gorgeous shapes with surprising, almost hidden details.
Annemie Verbeke, Rue Antoine Dansaert 64
Maison Margiela on the corner of the Rue Léon Lepage and Rue de Flandre. In this boutique you find the greatest selection for women and men of the Margiela collections for clothing, accessories, shoes, perfumes and objects.
The owner, Nicola Vercraeye is a true Margiela expert and witnessed the Martin Margiela years from within the Margiela house. Maison Margiela Brussels organises also art exhibitions.
Maison Margiela, Rue de Flandre 114
Cappelle Opticien. With their 33 years of experience, the opticians provide you with personalised and professional advice from a technical, aesthetic and comfort point of view and offer a great range of more than 2.500 models of optical frames and sunglasses, selected from among the very best manufacturers. On number 97 in the Dansaertstreet we have another great optician store, Hoet Opticien.
Cappelle Opticien, Rue Antoine Dansaert 65
The place to be for delicious aftershopping drink or a cocktail is the Archiduc, an art deco jazz bar that opened in 1937. At the time, it was a classy and discrete art deco establishment used by brokers and their secretaries. Several small wooden booths, topped by cast iron frames, offered them privacy and comfort. Today, the booths are gone, but one can still sit on the original benches along the walls. The cast iron main door still remains along with its beautiful A for Archiduc, for Alice - the firstowner, and most certainly for Amour.
L'Archiduc, Rue Antoine Dansaert 6
Passa Porta, the international house of literature in Brussels and your passport to contemporary world literature in the multilingual heart of Europe. It is a unique place where all kinds of literature lovers, authors, readers, translators and cultural mediators can meet and work. In the Rue Léon Lepage around the corner Passa Porta opened a second shop with reduced price books.
Passa Porta, Rue Antoine Dansaert 46
Underwear, the outstanding lingerie store for women and men is offering the most charming and skilled service in town.
Thanks to almost 30 years of experience and a great passion for their job, the Underwear Girls will assist you with gusto and enthousiasm through their shop. Underwear, homewear, beachwear, tights/socks for women and men.Opposite Stijl we have another wonderful luxury lingerie store of Belgian designer Carine Gilson.
Underwear, Rue Antoine Dansaert 47
Hunting and Collecting has a baseline “where no store has gone before” and we agree.
Hunting and Collecting Select Store is a dynamic boutique for contemporary fashion and culture and the store concept is a medium of expression on its own. They organise lots of parties and event launching the newest stuff in town, where “ le tout Bruxelles branché” shows up.
Hunting and Collecting, Rue des Chartreux 17
Vintage women’s store Isabelle Bajart was recently mentioned in the French Vogue as one of the 12 reasons to visit Brussels. They offer a great selection of vintage clothing and accessories for women at really astonishing prices. Her neighbour Gabriele is one of the eldest and best vintage stores in town, offering an outstanding choice of clothes and accessories for women and men.
Isabelle Bajart, Rue des Chartreux 25
I love the Christmas window at Vêtue, the fabulous shop with a fine selection of vintage designer clothes, accessories and shoes. Across the street is the Vêtu for men.
Vêtue, Leon Lepagestraat 5 & 12
Now we come across the fabulous Icon store at number 5 of the Nouveau Marché aux Grains. This is the multibrand address for women looking for something else. Belgian designers Wim Bruynooghe, Filles a Papa and Kim Mee Hye come along with a long list of contemporary designers and brands like Acne Studios, Isabel Marant, Veronique Leroy, Ulla Johnson and many more.
Icon, Nouveau Marché aux Grains 5
Here is an exceptional bed & breakfast: Druum.
Located in one of the most exciting neighborhoods of central Brussels, Druum is a contemporary bed & breakfast housed in a magnificent 19th century mansion. Each of its six spacious rooms has been designed by a different artist or art collective, each creating a unique and audacious interaction between living and art sure to surprise and delight guests. Wake up refreshed and inspired in a work of art!
Time to go now, i would have loved to show you a lot more! I would have taken you to Vanhaerents Art Collection, Le Chien Vert, La Fabrica, Barbeton, Cosmetically Or, Mok, Depôt Design, Mima, Kat en Muis, True Colours, Centreville, Heureux, Ditto, Office Baroque and many more but i hope you’ll come to our neighbourhood and discover it for yourself. Merry X-Mas!