Ostend’s main shopping street is, without a doubt, Kapellestraat. Kapellestraat (translated as Chapel Street) owes its name to a chapel that was built in 1650 but has since been torn down. This car-free street has more than 100 shops.
Ostend’s main shopping street is, without a doubt, Kapellestraat. Kapellestraat (translated as Chapel Street) owes its name to a chapel that was built in 1650 but has since been torn down. This car-free street has more than 100 shops. Running all the way from the Kapelle bridge to Wapenplein and featuring all major chain stores like Zara and Inno you can shop here to your heart’s content! You will also find a number of local heroes in Jozef II-straat, such as KIDZ and Edouard Couture.
And if you’ve developed an appetite or become thirsty after all that shopping, you couldn’t be in a better location than Kapellestraat. One of Ostend’s best-kept secrets is Charcuterie Mazure, a family-owned butcher’s shop that celebrated its sixtieth anniversary last year. Customers visit the shop from near and far for Mazure’s famous steak tartare.
Shopping 'Feest- en Cultuurpaleis'
Shopping Feest- en Cultuurpaleis ('The Palace for Festivities and Culture') on Wapenplein was built in 1954 on site of the Ostend City Hall, which was completely destroyed during the Second World War. It housed, among others, a library, a museum and a festivities hall.
Completely renovated in 2007, you will find a shopping mall in this historic building today, featuring 17 shops carrying famous brands like Esprit, H&M, and Vero Moda. It is a genuine shopper’s paradise where you can shop even when it’s raining and on Sunday.
Adjacent to Wapenplein you will run into the Groentemarkt (Vegetable Market). In the immediate vicinity of this square you will find several unique shops such as Dameskledij-el (on Nieuwstraat). The best place to put up your feet after all this shopping is at the De Familie Jansen coffee bar (on Mijnplein).
Shops in Kapellestraat
Continuing along Wapenplein towards the seawall, you will enter Vlaanderenstraat. This is probably the most internationally renowned street in all of Ostend: painter James Ensor worked and lived here. You can visit his former residence and studio on number 27.
You will also find several trendy boutiques and special shops on Vlaanderenstraat, as well as chain stores such as Bart Smit and Standaard Boekhandel.
The eye-catcher on Vlaanderenstraat is Ferm: one of Ostend’s foremost hotspots. This shop sells Scandinavian fashion, Danish designs and all sorts of knick-knacks. Ferm is a concept store that breathes northern minimalism like no other.
Open on Sundays!
For those who want to shop on a Sunday, Ostend is the place to be! Throughout the year in the City by the Sea, most shops are open on Sundays. Apart from this luxury of shopping on a Sunday, Ostend has many more shopping trumps. The shopping streets in the centre are fully pedestrianized.Read more