Luxembourg is located close to the Belgian, German and French borders. It is an ideal place to live in order to take advantage of the commercial offer of the border countries and to do shopping without having to travel far.
Just Arrived shares with you its best shopping addresses in the countries next to Luxembourg.
Where to shop in the Greater Region?
Commissioned by the Luxembourg government, the Nielsen Institute has examined the prices of 110,000 everyday consumer products sold in 22 stores near the borders of the four countries that make up the Greater Region. From this study carried out in 2020 in France, Germany, Belgium and of course Luxembourg, the following points emerge:
- Prices appear to be lowest in Germany with an index of 93.2 out of an average of 100 for all four countries, although this is slightly different from the previous study. France comes in second with an index of 94, 1 compared to 94.7 in 2017. Luxembourg is in 3rd place with an index of 99.9. Belgium comes in last with an index of 104.6 (+0.3 compared to 2017).
- France offers 4 times more products than its neighbors Belgium and Luxembourg.
So where to shop, depending on the products you want to buy?
Luxembourg appears to be the most interesting place to buy tobacco, cigarettes and beverages, due to a reduced VAT rate. For a long time, fuel was also much cheaper in Luxembourg. This is no longer true today because of the war in Ukraine.
It is in Germany that it will be necessary to go to buy its products of drugstore and maintenance, perfumery and hygiene, in particular for baby, and the non-food products.
France seems to be the country where you should buy your fresh products (9.8% cheaper), food and groceries.
Apart from tobacco, Belgium appears to be more expensive for the whole basket studied.
As for organic products, it turns out that it is best to buy them in France. Luxembopurg appears here at the back of the pack.
In Belgium, 3 commercial zones
If you want to go shopping in Belgium, Just Arrived recommends two shopping areas close to the Luxembourg border: the McArthurGlen Outlet in Messancy and the Hydrion Shopping Area in Arlon.
Outlet McArthur Glen of Messancy
The Outlet McArthur Glen Shopping Center is a mini shopping village. It is composed of more than 60 stores selling brand name items at factory prices. So many brands that you can buy at discounted prices in an open and nicely designed space.
You will find many new and discounted items. So it’s a good plan if you like to make good deals.
Moreover, this outlet is nice, pleasant to visit. It is located just in front of the Cora shopping mall, which includes several fashion, decoration and electronics stores as well as a supermarket. A restaurant and a refreshment bar have been set up inside the center, to improve its conviviality.
Hydrion shopping area in Arlon
A stone’s throw from the highway, the Hydrion Shopping Area is a
large open-air shopping area
gathering more than 40 big brands. You will also find some stores that Luxembourg can not or no longer enjoy, such as Leen Bakker, In Vogue or Brantano specializing in shoes of various brands.
Sterpenich commercial zone in Messancy
Just across the Belgian/Luxembourg border on the freeway, there is a large shopping area. Known for its figurehead, the Ikea store, the area also offers sports stores for your sports equipment, and furniture, lighting, bedding, decoration. Ideal for thedesign and equipment of your new home.
In Germany, 2 commercial cities Trier and Saarbrücken
In Germany, two shopping destinations are relatively close to Luxembourg are recommended. It is worth noting that prices in Germany are often lower than in Luxembourg on products such as laundry and cosmetics.
Trier and its many stores
In Trier, you can enjoy a city center with many stores and large shopping malls. Trier is a great place for shopping in a very pleasant historical architectural setting. You will find many discount decoration stores, as well as many shoe stores.
Trier is also a nice destination to enjoy the Advent markets.
Saarbrücken, a must-see shopping destination
Just like Trier, Saarbrücken has many stores. The lively city center is a great place to shop and enjoy the atmosphere and the beauty of the place. Many monuments are worth seeing).
For lovers of “British” fashion and bargains, the very famous Primark chain is located there. Foodies will also be delighted to find a large Starbucks where they can relax after a day of shopping.
Thanks to their important tourist traffic, these two cities have the advantage of being clean, well equipped (many bars, terraces and restaurants) and equipped with large parking lots.
In France, Metz, Marques Avenue and Longwy
Neighboring Luxembourg, France also offers interesting shopping areas.
Metz, the shopping city
Metz is located 50 kilometers from Luxembourg by freeway. The city of Metz is made up of numerous pedestrian and commercial streets. It offers a clever mix of fashion, gastronomy, crafts and decoration stores. Among the busiest, the rue Serpenoise and the rue des Clercs are full of big names. Taison Street and Garden Street, more confidential, offer boutiques with more chic and original items.
Metz is a very beautiful city to visit. Don’t miss the cathedral, the Metz train station, the Pompidou Center… See more activities to do in Lorraine.
The Muse shopping center in Metz
Located near the Pompidou Center, the Muse shopping center opened in November 2017. Fashion, beauty, decoration, home, leisure and culture… The center brings together numerous brands from all sectors.
There are also many food outlets where you can take a break and enjoy a delicious meal.
Please note: although the center has parking spaces, they are not permanently accessible and must be paid for!
The Waves in Moulins-lès-Metz
Close to the ZAC of Augny, the Waves shopping center brings together some sixty well-known stores, on a surface of nearly 61,000m².
With its contemporary architecture, Waves is more than just a shopping area. It has spaces for relaxation and restoration. It also offers playgrounds. Water jet shows are regularly offered to visitors.
To get there, it is possible to take a shuttle (84a) from Metz or to go there by car. The shopping center has free parking.
Linkling zones in Terville (Thionville)
The Linkling areas consist mainly of three commercial zones. Many stores are located there, as well as major brands of home furnishings: kitchen, bathrooms, … You can also do your shopping at Supergreen, the Geric shopping center (Carrefour) or the Leclerc shopping center. These commercial areas are all equipped with free parking.
Outlet Marques Avenue at Talange
On the highway to Metz, and halfway from Luxembourg, there are several factory outlets including Outlet Marques Avenue in Talange. This large shopping area is a good place to shop for brand names at discounted prices, with discounts ranging from 30% to 70% off.
Auchan shopping mall near Longwy
Finally, just a stone’s throw from the Grand Duchy and Belgium, are the galleries of theAuchanHypermarket in Mont-Saint-Martin, near Longwy. The shopping area in the vicinity is also worth a visit. There are large chain stores.
However, the space is still smaller and less equipped than our previous references. However, you can find low prices. Discounts are frequently offered before the sales or during the mid-season period. The place is interesting to visit to make good deals, but also to avoid the crowd of the big cities strongly attended.
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