Art ,Souvenir and Food Shops, Brugge
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...
Modern Jeansclothes for male/female
Sometimes good/sometimes bad, it depends if you are lucky, buth together with Broolyn still both the best modern clothingshops of Brugge.
What to buy: Classic jeans, good brands, also expensiver brands like D&G,...
One of the fun shopping things to do was "Window Shop" and Brugge does it best with their selections of hand-made chocolates, moulded marzipan fruits, delicate hand-made lace and my favourite HAND-MADE DOLLS. This one shop caught my eye so I had to take a picture of it.
You tend to eat very well in Belgium. That's how I've always experienced it. And restaurant prices are a little lower than in The Netherlands, where I live. But sometimes you don't want to go to a restaurant and you don't want to cook either. The delicatessen is a perfect solution! All sorts of goodies to feast the eye and palate on.
I bought about three pairs of shoes from this store. The attendants were very friendly, and they sell beautiful and solid shoes. If you noticed my tips on the restaurants, it is from the lady in this pics that I asked for the best restaurant for dinner, and she recommended that beautiful resto for me!
What a shop!!!
There are tons of Lace shops in Bruges, besides Chocolate, Lace would be the next big thing that the Tourist would buy here.*
What to buy: Be very careful, a lot of the lace isnt even made here - most of it in China!
You will know that its handmade lace from Belgium because it will be very expensive.*
What to pay: Expensive for the real thing*
Each Wednesday morning the Markt is lined with food vendors. Had we not just eaten a huge breakfast at the hotel we would have picked up a fresh rotiseree chicken, bread, cheese, and a plethora of ripened fruits.
Housed in an elegant shop several blocks from the BURG square, 18th century Shanghai furniture and Tibetan caps are almost a serendipitous change from the monotony of lace and chocolate shops in the city center. Step inside Donxi and marvel at the old gates from Beijing and tiny shoes from Lhasa. Such an extraordinarily different shop in the heart of this old Belgian town is a perfect reminder of how special the worlds diversity of cultures really is.
The best clothing store in Brugge with lots of choice of different imported brands...without this shop there would be nothing in Brugge...for me for sure...
Clothes for male/female/kids
What to buy: Modern clothes for everybody from the best brands: G-Star, GSUS Industries, Diesel, Mexx, Pépé, Sabotage, 2nd Sky, Lee Cooper, Timezone,...
What to pay: €75 for a shirt, jeans, trouser,...
What to buy:
Bruges is a very attractive shopping city with a large variety of shops to fit every purse.
The main shopping streets are situated between the Market Square and 't Zand.
Most shops are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Far more interesting - and fun to look at, at least in my opinion - are the shop windows of the many antique and local crafts stores, of which you'll find just as many. Some are a tad corny, some display wonderful pieces. But none are really lame, unlike so many other touristy places that have thousands of shops selling keychains, mugs and all sorts of plastic crap.
What to buy: There's lots of lace-related products, I've seen beautiful little hand-painted tiles (depicting a.o. city scenes) go for reasonable prices (around 20 Euros). Some beautiful toys and figurines as well. Needless to say, the handmade tapestries and large dolls will break the bank unless you're a Japanese CEO on a weekend trip to Europe.
What to pay: Again, while some items may be affordable, this is a touritsty place, often with prices to match - so shop around and try the less busy areas.
The historic centre of Brugge is packed with very touristy shops. If you need to bring home a selection of Belgian beers for someone, there's plenty of choice, even if you want to buy it by the bottle in a nice looking tin cone or cardboard package with a matching glass inside. It is customary in Belgium to pour our "noble" beers in not just any type of beer glass, but only in the one intended for that beer. Oh yes, we are picky when it comes to food and drink :)
What to buy: Selections of Belgian beers, mostly the more "exclusive" abbey beers. I'll do a separate section about Belgian Beer in the "local customs" tips.
What to pay: Compared to supermarket prices for the same beers in sixpacks : top Dollar. This is the most touristy place in Belgium.
S/he who loves honey goes to this shop to buy a small, less small of large jat of the finest honey.
For decades this firm is "making" honey and in 18 cities/towns in BELGIUM they have shops.
Who would like to know the exact addresses: please EMAIL me, eden_teuling@VirtualTourist.com
What to buy: All kinds and tastes of honey, liquid or crystalized
Cookies with honey
Waffles and jams with honey
Soap with honey/beewax
De Weyn's choco (to put on bread) en: dat moet ge eten, wilt ge't weten!!
Cosmetics with Honey, propolis etc..
What to pay: depends.....
What to buy:
I can't think of one place in particular, but there are lace shops everywhere in Bruges. There are a couple of different kinds of lace. They will tell you that the kind that comes from Brussels is the ribbon lace which is lace that stiches a ribbon into the pattern. The bobbin lace is the kind that comes from Bruges. It is all hand made & done on a bobbin. It's all very beautiful. I suggest you look around in several different shops before purchasing anything. It may seem like they all have the same stuff, but if you're looking for something in particular there is a good chance you'll find it in another store, even if they tell you they've never seen anything like what you're describing. This happened to me. I wanted to buy lace place mats in an oval shape, but everyone seemed to only carry a square shape. After searching about 5+ different lace shops & being told that no one would have anything like that, I found someone who did. I was greatful for saving my money for what I really wanted.
What to pay: It depends on what you're looking for. I spent around $60 for a set of 6 place mats. I originally wanted a table cloth, but they all seemed too expensive for my taste. They were probably closer to $150-$200. Chances are no matter how much you're willing to spend or how little you want to spend you'll find some lace in your price range. They even have picture frames with lace figures inside going for maybe $5 if that much.
In Bruges the main shopping street is Steenstraat, off the Markt which has everything you would expect in the way of shops catering to everday needs.
What to buy: Antiques: These are plentiful in both Bruges and Ghent and are normally situated in the narrow side streets off the main shopping areas.
Beer: This is a must buy for connoisseurs, with many brands on sale that are simply not available at home. The range is vast so its best to stick to those you have tried and tested rather than risk being disappointed by an uknown.
Chocolate: Made in Belgium, undoubtedly the best in the world. I would go for the classic, exquisite, handmade Belgian pralines and truffles. Selection boxes (tin ones) are great for getting them home without them melting in your bags.
What to pay: Tax free shopping is available in stores that display the appropriate notice. Usually the larger or more expensive stores. If you are not sure then ask in the shop itself.