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If you’re seeking a high-fashion shopping excursion, head to Avenue Louise. It’s the Fifth Avenue of Brussels, boasting brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Versace and Dior, mixed in with more affordable stores like Zara and BCBG. American shoppers will especially appreciate the opportunity to shop some hard-to-find European brands like Zadig & Voltaire, Essentiel and Comptoir des Cotonniers. Trendsetters and those with a more “downtown” aesthetic should head to Dansaert Street, the heart of the Belgian fashion scene, featuring local design houses like Christophe Coppens, Annemie Verkeke and Stijl. Nearby Léon Lepage Street hosts more up-and-coming designers and is also worth a look. You won’t find any bargains here, but are likely to score that to-die-for jacket that you’ll wear for years, coyly answering, “Oh, this little shop in Brussels,” when folks beg you to tell them where it’s from.