Wendy Casey is a fan of Luxembourg’s shopping centres and outdoor markets. Photo: Matic Zorman/Maison Moderne
From fashion and flowers to craft supplies and cosmetics, Wendy Casey shares her favourite shopping spots.
At some point soon, you’ll need to refresh your wardrobe, spruce up the walls or find Fido a new plaything. For advice on where to get started, Delano spoke with Wendy Casey, who has been living in Luxembourg for 24 years. She previously was an image and fashion consultant (and a Delano contributor) and now serves on the British Ladies Club of Luxembourg committee.
For fashion, Casey reckons there are “three main places everyone needs to know about”. The first is the city centre, which is good for high street and high-end luxury brands. “It’s not only a beautiful place to shop,” but due to close proximity, “you can cover all the shops and you’ll find whatever you’re looking for in a day”.
The second is the Belle Étoile shopping centre, which “is almost like my second home”. In addition to high street brands like C&A, H&M and Zara, there are quirky retailers like Sacha (“a unique, very unusual shoe shop”) and the women’s clothing shop Eda & Ece (which sells Andy Warhol printed clothes that “I’ve never seen anywhere else”). They also have a steady stream of events and exhibitions, and it’s a good place to meet up with friends, Casey says. She calls the newish Cloche d’Or shopping centre “brilliant” with fashion brands that “you can’t find elsewhere” in the grand duchy, such as Bershka, Oysho and Stradivarius.
On a sunny Saturday morning, nothing beats the city’s weekly market on the place Guillaume II. “It’s not just the flowers that smell wonderful, but the food, fresh breads, spices. It’s great for the senses.” Casey also “loves” the monthly vide-grenier (flea market) on the place Guillaume from April to October. “I’ve found some wonderful stuff there, personally. I’ve bought myself a pair of Ralph Lauren loafers, which are actually beautiful. My husband found a milk can which he put in the garden as an ornament, which he loves.
So you can find everything there.” Another fave is the annual British Ladies Club of Luxembourg car boot sale (which she helps promote as the club’s PR manager). “Every year I pick up some fabulous clothing items,” she says. One time she nabbed a black The Kooples blazer which “still had the label in it and I picked it up for €12”.
For household essentials, stationery, craft supplies and pet care items, Casey heads to Action (“excellent value and great quality”). Her top DIY pick is Bâtiself, which has an appealing “old fashioned feel” and where it is “worth” signing up for the loyalty card owing to frequent discounts.
Casey does most of her shopping in the grand duchy, but there are exceptions. “One case where I definitely drive 1 hour 15 minutes to Saarbrücken” is for health and beauty supplies and fashion bargains. She heads straight to the main high street, hitting the discount drugstore DM.
“It’s fantastic for all cosmetics and beauty products. When you compare the prices in DM to Luxembourg, it’s significantly less, so it’s really worthwhile” making the trip. There’s also the fashion outlet store TK Maxx and fast fashion retailer Primark, both of which require “a bit of rummaging”. The other reason is for reasonably priced sporting goods, when she heads to Sports Direct or Decathlon in Arlon.