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HasseltBelgium

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City Overview

In recent years, Hasselt has worked hard to establish an image of a city committed to fashion. Next to the classic international chains, the city offers a wide mix of boutiques, luxury shops, and more specialised stores. The Hasselt Mode Museum shows the evolution of fashion from the 18th century to today, displaying documents, clothing, and accessories. Next to the permanent collection, the museum often organises temporary exhibitions of designers, collections, or specific historic moments in fashion. With two highways passing at a short distance, Hasselt is easily accessible by car. Parking is stress-free with multiple car parks in the vicinity of the city centre, although car access to the main shopping streets is extremely limited. Public transport facilities in Hasselt are among the best in the country, though use of the network is no longer free. The train station in Hasselt is the main station in the province, offering direct and swift connections to Brussels, Liège and Antwerp. Hasselt is a relatively small city, with a population of 77,651 and average annual income of 20,000 EUR per inhabitant. The city is, however, an important regional retail hub, serving about 385,000 people who live within a 20 minute drive of the city centre and have an average annual income of 18,000 EUR. The central shopping district is based around Demerstraat, Hoogstraat and Koning Albertstraat, with the city market square at its core. Including the TT Center, the Ware Vrienden Galleria and Maastrichterstraat, Hasselt counts more than 400 stores. Fashion retail accounts for 47% of these stores, and anchor tenants include HM, Zara, Primark and Esprit. Luxury retailers are located on Kapelstraat and Aldestraat and include Caroline Biss, Scapa, Max Mara and Bruphils.

Hasselt has been seeing new retail development, with some compelling projects in the pipeline. In 2016, Redevco completed the redevelopment of the 23,800 sqm Kuringen retail park, counting tenants such as Carrefour and Decathlon. On the northeastern side of the city's ring road, a 10,000 sqm retail building is planned for 2018 with leasing activity ongoing. Albert Heijn, and Action have already pre-let in that project.  A year later, the 'Quartier Bleu' is planned for completion. This massive quayside district will feature 24,700 sqm of new retail space. 

Things to do

See

Work

The new tech and start-up development Corda Campus on the Kempische Steenweg is of note.


Rest

Check out the Fashion Museum and Jenever Museum a short walk from one another.


And be seen

Eat

Don't forget to try the 'Limburgse vlaai' pastry.


Drink

Stop by Het Hemelrijk for a great beer selection


Be Merry

Enjoy the liveliness of Zuivermarkt and Hemerijk just northeast of the cathedral.


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