The Wilde Zee is slightly different. It’s formed by five traffic-free streets that cheerfully flow into one another.You can stroll at a relaxed tempo past exclusive shops, hip brands, trendy businesses and exquisite delicatessens.
Five attractive pedestrian shopping streets form the Wilde Zee area, named after a bridge that stood here in the 15th century over a moat.The moat took a sharp turn here and sometimes the water splashed up high – it seemed like a wild sea.Today the water has been replaced with traffic-free streets that house the trendiest and most exclusive shops.
For fashion lovers
The Korte Gasthuisstraat, Wiegstraat, Lombardenvest, Groendaalstraat and Schrijnwerkerstraat (the five Wilde Zee streets) are filled with hip clothing and shoe shops – indispensable for real fashionistas.This zone also contains the oldest shopping centre in Belgium, the Nieuwe Gaanderij, where new pop-up shops stand next to established businesses.The covered gallery leads you to the adjacent Huidevettersstraat, which flaunts major clothing brands.
Epicureans are tempted in the Wilde Zee by the scent of delicious delicatessens and sweet shops.Everything is on hand:a renowned fishmonger’s shop, a bakery with queues out the door, and divine caterers.Every chocolate house has found a spot in this neighbourhood, and Désiré de Lille serves crunchy waffles and laquemants (waffles with a syrup filling).Don’t forget to walk past the statue of Den Deugeniet in the Wilde Zee in the Korte Gasthuisstraat.With his bare bottom he is a cousin of the famous Manneke Pis.