This week I popped into “the Gare” for some shopping and wanted to show you some of the great finds for baby in this commonly overlooked shopping street.
When shopping for baby, most people tend to go to speciality baby shops or big shopping centers (ha-ha, if there is such a thing in Luxembourg) like La Belle Etoile or Auchan, as they quite often frown a little bit upon the poor Gare or they simply don’t even know that there are several bargains waiting for them in Avenue de la Gare…
Just to be clear, “La Gare” in French means “the station” and it is pronounced with the G as in “go” and sounds like “bar“, there where you long ago used to frequent over weekends… but I’m sure you all know that!
Going to the Gare is also easy:
You can go by bus/train/car. When driving, you can park at Parking Martyrs or in the new Park & Rail parking right next to the station or if you are good with parallel parking, which I am certainly not, you can hope to find a parking in Avenue de la Gare or surrounds.
But I recommend taking the bus/train or to go by foot and here is why:
1. Almost all buses/trains in Luxembourg lead eventually to the Gare as it is ultimately the station!
Can’t find your bus/train? Download the Mobiliteit App. Works like a charm.
2. You can “pre-pack” baby at home directly in the pram/pushchair/buggy or “pousette“, all zipped up, rain shade & snooze shade on and off you go by foot having not to worry to do the feared car-seat switch-over later when baby snoozes.
3. Your baby spends less time in a constraining car-seat if you go by foot, which as we all know is better for their development.
4. You burn calories from walking, breathe in some fresh air – what’s not to love? (Providing you have the green flag from your doc after your post-birth checkup around 6 weeks.)
5. Once you start walking, chances are baby will doze off super quickly and you can have some alone thinking/resting time/or simply just pop your earphones in and get lost in the music while you walk.
6. You see the city from a different angle from the bus/train and notice things you don’t normally notice from your car.
7. Last but not least, you are being green!
1. If you are not used to taking public transport it could be a bit daunting in the beginning but do persevere. My first time getting onto the bus with the push chair was super scary for me and I practiced it with my husband several times over the weekend before I embarked all by my lonesome self. (Sounds silly, but being a first time mom, all things can be scary at first!)
2. If you end up being on the bus during peak times you may need to growl in the direction of passengers occupying the pram/wheelchair area or may need to share it with another mama and her pram.
3. If you shop too much and your pram doesn’t have a big shopping basket and you forgot to pack comfortable long sling shopping bags – it can become a challenge but nevertheless good exercise!
Enough talk about the logistics, let’s talk shopping!
Here’s some more reasons to come to the Gare:
- At Image Center (45 Avenue de la Liberté) you can have your baby images printed on almost anything from T-shirts, cups, aprons, car shades. Believe me, it’s a hit among the grand parents. They may however take their time to serve you (surprise surprise for Luxembourg?), so time it well between feeds!
- You can stop by the Post Office to run some errands.
- You can stop by several pharmacies of which my favourite is Pharmacie Lugen in Avenue de la Gare. Other than the big pharmacy in Kirchberg, this one is the only one where I usually find everything I’m looking for.
Walking down Avenue de la Gare from the station your first point of interest (please ignore all the bargain shoe shops, we are doing baby shopping now) will be my dear friend Hema on your right.
I am often surprised that not a lot of mamas & mamas-to-be know this shop!
Here are just a few of the great finds.
You will also find some really good maternity wear basics but beware of the sizing, which tends to be quite small (or maybe it was just me…)
I just love their bibs. The plastic bibs are easy to wipe and big enough to cover baby.
Great range of pajamas in all sizes.
I rarely go home without buying anything and they also have a very good selection of cuddly & wooden toys for older babies and children.
Moving on, a few shops further across the road, you will find good old H&M.
I was delighted the first time I discovered their baby section and their branch in the Gare has a really good selection of baby clothes as well as maternity wear for mamas-to-be.
Their maternity jeans are a must-have for all mamas-to-be. You will even continue to wear it after the birth for quite while.
Loads of winter hats, mittens etc.
Really affordable snow-suits (much cheaper than at the baby stores).
Great selection of winter waterproof jackets.
Totally in love with these “Fuggs”. But beware, they are actually not practical for young babies as they just don’t stay on!
And last, but not least are some seasonal winter outfits for baby!
These are just a few shops in the Gare, there are actually quite a few more which I will tell you about next time. I will also cover where is good to go for lunch with baby or just pop in for a quick breastfeeding session.
More about the Author
As mother of two darling babies, Certified IMPI Holistic Sleep Coach, Baby Planner and Happiest Baby Educator, Marise Hyman provides worldwide maternity coaching for expecting/future/new parents through Marise Hyman Maternity Coaching – setting them up for success, so they can sail into their new lives with confidence!
She is also the founder of the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep, an edgy non-profit organisation raising awareness for green, natural & holistic parenting alternatives, birth rights and postnatal mood disorders by offering a variety of inspiring social and educational events in Luxembourg