Liège :: Shopping highlights in the « cité ardente »

BrusselsLife Team.

05 Jul 2012, 05:07 Last Updated: 12 Aug 2013, 09:08

When it comes to shopping, Liège isn't on a par with Antwerp, but has a particular charm that attracts customers. In the "cité ardente" there are few outlets selling items by young designers: the city and its residents prefer chic, more classical wear.

One such outlet, which has been in the heart of the city for many years, is the boutique called Duck (18, rue Saint Adalbaert). A large area of 1 000 sq metres devoted to casual wear, « Duck » sells all main brands for men and women, including Bellerose, IKKS, 120%, Camper, Levi's, Ralph Lauren and so on. A few metres away, the footwear specialist Juliette Verlaine (23, rue du Pot d'Or) is one of the oldest boutiques still trading in Liège. Opened in 1924, Juliette Verlaine offers the top names in shoes (Tod's, Hogan, Prada, Sergio Rossi, Bikkenbergs...) but also sells a few more exuberant designs. If we continue along rue du Pot d'Or, we should make a stop at Irina Khä (12, rue du Pot d'Or). A real Aladdin's cave, this shop sells many top of the range, off the peg designer labels, such as Jean-Paul Gautier, Prada, Miu-Miu... For both young and old, « Ptilapin » is one of the cornerstones of fashion in Liège. Operating in the Passage Lemonier (10-12) for many years, the shop sells out of the ordinary clothing for tiny tots (Burberry, Mer du Nord, Pauline B, Essentiel...), the brands teenagers adore, and also the womenswear range by Chine and Essentiel.

After visiting the shops in Liège, you must eat a good, hearty meal at the emblematic Café Lequet (17, quai sur Meuse) set at the foot of the Passerelle. They prepare the best Liège-style meatballs in the region. Stéphanie Guillaume