Brussels shopping: The best city in the world for vintage


In our latest Brussels shopping article we look at a new survey.

With International Environment Day approaching on the 5th June, recently revealed Adidas is the most Instagrammed sustainable fashion brand. While debate remains over the best vintage, second hand and eco-friendly brands to buy, where is the best city to buy them in? To find out, scraped for the number of vintage shop listings in cities across Europe and the Americas, to reveal the world’s vintage hotspots!

The results
In first place is Brussels with 36 vintage shops per 100,000 people. Belgium’s capital is bustling with country-wide favourites like Think Twice, the leading brand which is definitely worthy of a visit.

Copenhagen has the second highest number of vintage shops, boasting 12 per 100,000. In total, the city houses 75 stores but due to its larger population, it just misses out as the world’s vintage hotspot. Head to the likes of København K, Dansk Røde Kors or PRAG to rep the retro look.

Lisbon and Helsinki follow in third and fourth place with 10 and 9 shops per 100,000, respectively. A vintage store of note in Finland’s capital is UFF, which claims to “support sustainable development, employment in Finland and development cooperation in Africa and Asia.”

Rounding off the top five vintage hotspots are Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Paris. Whilst Dutch are known as eclectic, Swedish for their eco-friendly choices, and Parisians for their unmistakable fashion sense, each capital boasts 7 shops per 100,000 people.

Flipping the results, in 15th place is New York. The availability of shops may be surprising in the big apple, however those on offer are the third highest rated in all cities analysed – vintage stores average 4.16 out of 5.

Which city has the highest rated vintage shops?As well as the number of shops available, also scraped the average ratings of second hand shops in each city. With a quality rating average of 4.28 out of 5, vintage shops in São Paulo, Brazil are the best. Alternatively, Buenos Aires is revealed to have the lowest rated shops at just 3.61 out of 5.

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