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Liège is a wonderful location for anyone who loves to shop. There are so many different places and choices for shopping that it is sometimes difficult to decide what to do first. The main centre of the city with pedestrian streets provides a fantastic array of stores from well known international retailers to more unique one-off boutiques alongside department stores and delicious delicatessens. Whether you are looking for something particular, such as the famous crystal, delicious chocolates, or just fancy a spot of window shopping then you are sure to enjoy your time here.
Since 1839 the Passage Lemonnier has provided a 168 meter long gallery of stores and today remains the oldest and largest shopping arcade in Liège, so if purely for historic purposes you should take a stroll here, or perhaps head to the Hors-Château district that is famous for its collection of antique dealers.
If you are looking for a more modern shopping experience, nowadays, Liège has the increasingly familiar shopping centres on the outskirts of the city. The most popular in the area are perhaps Angleur, Boncelles and Rocourt. And don’t forget the many markets that take place around the city. There is usually something happening every morning, the most recognised of which has to be La Batte famed for its local food and produce.
Top shops in Liège
La Batte, Quai de la Meuse - Every Sunday morning from 8am until 2.30pm you will find this colourful array of stalls that is actually the oldest and largest market in Belgium. Will all manner of products and produce you are sure to find some great gifts and keepsakes or simply enjoy wandering the aisles.
La Carotte, Boulevard de la Constitution 73 - This is a book store with a difference, stocking graphic, architecture, photography and illustration books rather than the regular bestsellers.
Les Copines d’Abord, - This clothing boutique offers outfits, accessories and jewellery by designers that are not available elsewhere in the city.
Flea Market, Boulevards Kleyer and Hillier - Every Saturday morning from 8am until lunchtime you can visit this market taking place.
Hush Up, Rue Cathedrale 98 - Decorative and creative household items can be found in this concept store that has recently had to relocate to larger premises. You will often find local exhibitions taking place here by creative young designers.
Irina Kha, Rue du Pot d’Or 12 - In this interesting boutique you will find a mix of well known and unusual branded items alongside each other.
Kopatropa, Rue cathedrale 85 - If you want to visit a funky fashion store with designs to suit the young fashionistas then make your way to this shop. They stock a number of local and internationally recognised designers gear with everything from casual wear to clubbing outfits.
Jacques Galler’s Chocolate Factory, Re C Balthasart 30 - A holder of the ‘Belgian Royal Warrant’ this chocolatier has been in business since 1976. You can get these delicious chocolates in other shops, but from its own factory you will find that the range is greater and the prices are slightly cheaper.
Maison Massin, Rue Puits en Sock 8 - In many café’s you can sample the delicious Belgian waffles and speculations (spice little cakes) but from this shop you can get your own to take home with you as gifts or treats for yourself.
Office of Walloon Products, Rue du Mery 23 - This is a great souvenir and gift shop, it stocks the local specialities such as pèkèt, syrup, Trappist beers, and cheese, along with other non-perishable products.
Second-hand Market, Boulevard de la Constitution - Every Friday morning from 7am until lunchtime you will find this market at St Pholien.