Honestly, tell me, who wears lace beyond their outer clothing these days? Sure it is pretty but would you use it or wear it? Just remember, these things turn yellow with age.
Fun Alternatives: You'll be surprised to know that some of these shops buy their laces from China. So be discerning.
Yes, it cost only a fraction there and most of it is available in Singapore too.
I wonder what kind of quality you'll get if you
only pay 4 euro for some souvenir lace?
Do you know how labour intensive lace making
is? Are they made in Belgium?
Anyway , all those lace shop's really got on my
nerve. And I was really bothered when a respectable
brand of chocolates combined a lace shop
with chocolates. REVOLTING.
I have nightmares from dust on chocolates...
for weeks now.
There are so much more interesting souvenirs
for you to take home. Boycot the lace shops.
If you don't buy , they will go away and Brugge
will become a nicer city.
Don't waste your time looking for lace, beer and chocolates, you can do that everywhere and at any other time while you're in Belgium. If you must, buy that stuff quickly and spend as much time doing what you really wanted to do in Brugge.
Well, it's gotta be the lace shops! They are all over Brugge, but in particular in the buildings at the back of the Halle (which is the building the Belfry stands on). OK, it's a traditional industry in Brugge, but there have got to be better souvenirs to take home for the folks. Beer is one suggestion!
Unique Suggestions: This "traditional lace maker" was something of a one woman cultural exhibition, and when she tired of making lace she could play you the flute or the guitar!