Art ,Souvenir and Food Shops, Brugge
No weekday shopping experience but a real concept store with its own (way) philosophy.
The shop doesn't exist anymore.
What to buy: You will find talented creatives from all disciplines: art jewelry, ceramics, clothing, art photography, vintage design and even handmade postcards.
Kathe Wohlfahrt is a German based Christmas store that has several locations in Germany, one in France and one in Brugge, Belgium very close to Markt Square
What to buy: I thought the incense smokers were really cool but a little more than I wanted to spend so I bought a couple of Christmas ornaments for my sister in law and one for myself. There's a large selection of glass and wood ornaments, nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks and lots of other Christmas oriented items.
What to pay: Comparable to what I would pay at home for similar ornaments
As well as being able to stock up on some fantstic luxury chocolates the citys main treasured product is beer, one restaurant offers over 100 types of beer on it's menu but only two types of wine, red or white.
As well as chocolate and beer the Grotemarkt and Vismarkt markets offer a wide and wonderful array of local food, wines and other lovely delicacies.
Lace is another great product that is produced localy as well as the worl famous Flemmish Tapastries. There are many shops which specalise in these as well as the normal tourist shops were you can pick up some great examples as well as fridge magnets, badges, models of the belfort and houses ect.
Moira's Curiosity Shop is UK owned - by Moira! - and offers a large range of antiques and curiosities from jewelry to porcelein to furniture in the centre of Brugge. Antiquities to 80's kitsch, Moira's has it all...
Friendly service, English speaking, easy to find, and full of choice.
Situated on the Vlamingstraat directly opposite the PNB Paribas Bank. Open monday to saturday from 10am.
P.S The wine cellar is haunted!
What to buy: All sorts of gifts - something for everyone
What to pay: €5 - €500
There are a couple of Christmas shops (sorry I can't remember the names) but they are located on 2 streets just off the grand place and they are easy to find as they are a main street.
I love Christmas so visiting these shops to buy some trinkets for the tree as a memento of our visit was really special. They have some lovely things - some expensive but many are reasonably priced and available in all colours of the rainbow!
Definately worth a look on your visit - and the trinkets are small so make excellent gifts!
What to buy: Christmas decorations - some very unusual and an excellent memento of a trip
a nice small shop, situated in a private house which was rebuilded. The original chimneys and cupbaords were restored.
Near the market place, in the historical town centre of bruges.
What to buy: They have a large choice of decorative cakes, handmade by the shop owners wife, and handbounded books.
You find here lots of living and kitchen accessories, mostly in country style. Also some articles in victorian style, like perfume bottles, post cards and christmas ornaments.
They also have a webshop, in case you have not enugh space in your luggage.
What to pay: from 2 euro up to ...
I stumbled across this little shop the last morning that I was in Brugge...I had just come from a visit to the Church of our Lady and it was still raining outside....I walked along Mariastraat and noticed this little shop that looked so inviting...it was dry inside after all...
Its a tiny spot with a collection of mostly Flemish Masters available for purchase....wonderful works of art...
Even if you're not in a buying mood this little shop provides a glimpse of Flemish art that is available to purchase by anybody that can afford it...
What to buy: If you have any interest in Flemish paintings from the 1600,s and you might have a few thousand Euros at your disposal....this is the place for you...
What to pay: Far more than my bank account would allow...and besides ...Id have to change the lighting in my living room to show them properly... : O ]
Today, two main techniques are practiced in the Flemish provinces. The first, a needle lace, called Renaissance or Brussels lace, is still manufactured. The second type, the Bobbin Lace, is a speciality of Bruges. This is a very expensive type of lace to make and is therefore no longer manufactured for commercial purposes.
Lacemaking is an industry, but do not expect to find lace "factories". These days the problem is that there are so few women left in Bruges willing to spend the time to make these delicate artworks and much of what you find here and elsewhere in Belgium is imported and produced by machine in Hong Kong. However, fine machine embroidery is also a complex craft, not to be underrated.
What to buy: If you are interested in refined, exclusive home decoration you must visit the Lace Gallery.
Here you can find a wide selection of handmade belgian lace, cushion covers, tablecloths, and tapestry handbags.
The shop is dealing also with the reproduction of the famous flemish tapestries from museums.
What to pay: If you want to buy proper, hand-made Belgian lace, insist on a label of authenticity, and expect to pay a high price.
The cost of a rectangular tablecloth can range from $400 to the border of the starry sky! It is no wonder, since to make a tablecloth for 12 takes the needlewoman more than three years.
For shoppers on a smaller budget little lace collars cost $30 - 40, or small embroidered bags between $10 - 20.
I didn't purchase anything at this shop, but I loved their window treatment. They carried a large selection of dolls, souvenirs, and of course the lace they are so famous for.
What to buy: Reminders of Bruge, dolls and of course lace.
A flower shop owned and run by Liesbet with the help of her partner and her mother. I buy flowers here when I am in Bruges because they are always absolutely fresh and enjoy a long life after they have been given.
She has always gone out of her way to make deliveries for me when I am not in town as well and sometimes that has been difficult as she had to track someone down - but she always manages to do so!!
What to buy: I buy roses and orchids. The orchids are very special and have continued to rest and flower again over the months. Liesbet always make a special presentation bouquet as well.
What to pay: Flowers in Belgium are so much better value than they are in the UK. Euro 20 gets really good bouquet and a small number of roses are less than Euro 10
Shopping in Bruges proper can be a crowded experience at best but once out of the center there are lots of little shops to buy souvenirs as well as something to drink after the long walk out there.
What to buy: I hope this little place doesn’t subside on felling film as the VT contingent was quite content to view their digital masterpieces just outside.
I did not stop in any lace stores, I really just wasn't interested in buying any, but should you be, Brugge is the place to look for it. The guidebooks say that it's mostly machine made but that you can find high quality handmade lace here but expect to pay for it.
Ok, the chocolate in Brugge is great, but as an LA girl, I have to say that the SHOES are more fashion-forward in Belgium compared to the USA. I like the styles in Belgium even better than Paris!
What to buy: Any shoes! I prefer boots. :)
What to pay: 100-200 Euros for the good stuff and you won't regret it.
The Bottle Shop (not to be confused with the Body Shop) was the other shop we really enjoyed in Bruges. This was probably due to the fact that I've never before seen a shop of this type. But in a country with more than 700 types of beer I think it's a really good idea. Beer is not as easy an item to bring home as chocolate or lace but the Bottle Store makes it possible.
What to buy: Whatever your favourite beer you can buy a gift pack with one or two bottles and one or two glasses with the name of the selected beer. This is a nice way to bring home a gift that is a little taste of Belgium.
What to pay: Depending on what you buy these souvenirs can be purchased quite reasonably.
Souvenir shops like in other countries are located at every streets, selling fridge magnets, table cloths, "I love Brugge" T-shirts, belgian beers, key chains, miniature monuments, etc...
I only bought a fridge magnet for 2.50 euros. Nothing in the souvenir shops attracted my attention.
What to buy: There are other shops like children' shops, clothing shops (there is an MNG store and also Etam too), sport shops, etc...