If, like Carrie Bradshaw, shopping is your cardio, here are some of the best places in the world to get some exercise. So get the gals together and get spending!
He who does not wish for little things does not deserve big things.
– BELGIAN PROVERB
London! Paris! New York! …… Ghent? Apart from being a beautiful historic Flanders city complete with canals and much medieval architecture, Ghent is also home to a huge pedestrianised area in its centre which has made it a major shopping centre for Belgium and beyond. The trendy and the quirky sit alongside international chains and offer a wealth of consumer possibilities to the discerning shopper.
Among the many vintage options available to the discerning is Eva Bos where classic Chanel wares sit alongside original designs in this very elegant shop. Another popular establishment is Myriam Wulffaert, a vintage emporium with the added benefit of customized garments for a more ‘modern’ body type (ahem). For a full list of great boutiques click here.
A girly shopping trip to anywhere in Belgium wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of its incomparable chocolate. Rapidly making its mark in Ghent with its unique Asian angle on chocolate is Yuzu. A minimalist approach and unusual flavours such as, thyme, rose and even tobacco mean this is definitely one for the connoisseur.
After you’ve spent an exhausting day trawling the vintage emporia and chi-chi boutiques, you will want some dinner. Our recommendation to you is to try the Theatre Cafe, winner of several awards including one for the best steak tartare in Flanders.The Cafe is also blessed with both a bar and restaurant menu so it doesn’t matter how much money you have left!
Where to stay? The stunning Hotel Harmony has double rooms with a significant slice of inner city style for only £96 per night.