Bargains and cheap deals on designer brand-name fashion draw shoppers to Maasmechelen Village factory shopping mall in Belgium near Liege, Eindhoven and Aachen.
The boutiques of Maasmechelen Village, a Chic Outlet Shopping factory stores mall, offer cheap bargains and savings on designer and brand-name fashion labels. Over a hundred shops in this fashion village offer discounts on clothes, accessories, shoes, jewelry and beauty products. Maasmechelen Village is in Belgium close to Liège near the border with The Netherlands (Maastricht and Eindhoven) and Germany (Aachen). The factory stores here are open seven days per week and attract shoppers from further afield such as Brussels, Cologne (Köln) and Düsseldorf. Wifi and parking are free.
Cheap Shopping at Maasmechelen Village in Belgium
More than 100 brands have factory outlet stores at the Maasmechelen Village. The mall is part of the Chic Outlet Shopping group and follows the familiar European village-style layout with some artwork and classy decorations to complement the often more upscale brands selling at a discount here.
Most of the factory outlet stores at Maasmechelen sell upmarket European and international designer label clothes. Stores include such well-known brands as Barbour, Calvin Klein Jeans, CK Underwear, Desigual, Gant, Hugo Boss, Karen Millen, Levi’s, Marc O’Polo, Max Mara, McGregor, Mexx, Napapijiri, Petit Bateau, River Woods, Superdry, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger, Ugg, Versace and Wolford. Sportswear is available from Asics, Golfino, Lacoste, Nike and Puma – Adidas and Salomon are noticeably absent.
Non-fashion shops are far and few between but include amongst others Bang & Olufsen, Home & Cook, Le Creuset, Möve, Ralph Lauren Home and Villeroy & Boch. Belgian chocolatiers Neuhaus and Leonidas have outlet shops at Maasmechelen but no Godiva on the cheap here. Samsonite can provide luggage to carry the savings home.
A couple of coffee shops and restaurants are good for drinks, snacks and simple meals. Although the selection and quality here are much better than at many other outlet malls, good food is still better found elsewhere.
Wifi is free throughout the village.
Opening Hours of Maasmechelen Village Factory Stores
The boutiques of Maasmechelen Village are open every day of the week. On weekdays, shops are open from 10 am to 6 pm. On weekends, shops are open from 10 am to 7 pm. The shops are open on most public holidays as well.
The long shopping hours draw visitors from many places in the region. Expect to hear a lot of German, especially on Sundays when hardly any shop is open in Germany.
Visitors from outside the EU can claim back 16% sales tax on purchases exceeding €125 in participating boutiques. Most shops participate – ask for the tax forms at time of purchase and claim the money back when departing from Europe.
Transportation to Maasmechelen Village
Maasmechelen Village (Zetellaan 100, 3630 Maasmechelen, Belgium) is around half an hour’s drive from Liège in Belgium or Maastricht in The Netherlands. Eindhoven and Aachen are only a few minutes further away while the driving time is around an hour from Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne and Düsseldorf. Ample free parking is available.
Getting to the savings at Maasmechelen Village is easiest by car but the outlet stores can also be reached by regular bus from Genk or Hasselt train stations. Belgian bus tickets on De Lijn bus are only around €5 per day on this route but only one bus per hour is available with the journey taking around 60 minutes.
For shoppers from Bruxelles, an easier option is the daily Shopping Express coach that provides transportation from downtown Brussels to Maasmechelen Village. Return tickets are €15 with discount vouchers usually added in for more savings at the factory stores.
If arriving by boat, moor at the Zuid-Willemsvaart jetty opposite the Village.
Other Chic Outlet Shopping malls with huge savings at factory stores in Europe include Bicester Village near London, La Vallée Village near Paris, Wertheim Village between Frankfurt and Würzburg, and Ingolstadt Village between Munich (München) and Nuremberg (Nürnberg).