Shopping in Bruges

In Bruges, the charm of the historic centre and a modern shopping experience go hand in hand. The city centre has a fantastic atmosphere and there is a diverse range of shops. From trendy gift shops to vintage shops, you will find it all in this Belgian city. In this overview, we have listed Bruges' nicest shopping streets for you and provide you with some useful tips.
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Shopping in the charming city centre of Bruges

Bruges is a wonderful city for shopping. The historic centre invites you to explore the city at leisure. With its picturesque appearance and enchanting canals, Bruges is a feast for the eyes. As many streets are car-free and the city centre is compact, many nice shopping streets are situated close together.

Shopping streets

1. Steenstraat & Zuidzandstraat

The most famous shopping streets in Bruges are Steenstraat and Zuidzandstraat. In these winding streets, you will find international chains, boutiques and local shops with the latest fashion trends, accessories, books, chocolates and much more. Steenstraat is the ideal place to start shopping and soak up Bruges' lively atmosphere.

2. Noodzandstraat & Geldmuntstraat

There are some great places on Noodzandstraat and Geldmuntstraat if you are looking for cosmetics, gift shops and jewellers. From Noordzandstraat, also walk down the side street that leads to Zilverpand. Around the courtyard are even more lovely shops and coffee shops.

3. Sint-Jakobsstraat & Ezelstraat

Here, you will find an array of fashion boutiques, lifestyle and interior design items, bookshops and local delicacies. So, are you looking for some unique shopping spots in Bruges? Then walk down one of these streets.

4. Wollestraat & Katelijnestraat

A street for the sweet tooth among us. Wollestraat and Katelijnestraat are home to one chocolate shop after another.

5. Langestraat & Hoogstraat

If you love vintage, antiques and the retro feel, Langestraat and Hoogstraat are the place to be. In these streets, do not just look into the showcases, but remember to occasionally look up. The façades themselves are often works of art.

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Remember to explore the side streets and alleys as well, as there you will often find hidden gems like boutiques and artisan shops.

Shopping centre

Looking for shopping-under-one-roof? A popular shopping centre is 't Zand, located near the square of the same name in the city centre. Here, you will find a mix of well-known chains, boutiques and dining options. This makes it the ideal place to shop, relax and enjoy a snack or drink.

Visit the Bruges market

Do you like browsing a flea market? Or strolling past the stalls at a market selling fish, clothes and flowers? Bruges has it all.
Check the Visit Brugge website (To the market) for the addresses and times of the nicest food and bric-a-brac markets.

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Car-free shopping streets

Under the heading 'BruggeNaarMorgen', Bruges city council has ambitious climate ambitions. To reinforce these ambitions, the shopping streets Zuidzandstraat, Geldmuntstraat and Noordzandstraat in the city centre have been made car-free every Saturday and Sunday from 13.00 to 18.00 hrs. Steenstraat is car-free every day from 13.00 to 18.00 hrs.

Opening hours shops

Most shops in Bruges open their doors at 10.00 hrs and close at 18.00 hrs Mondays to Saturdays. On shopping Sundays, most shops are open from 13.00 to 18.00 hrs. Check the Visit Brugge website for current opening hours.

Shopping on Sundays

You need not leave Bruges empty-handed on Sundays. Some shops are open every Sunday, but on shopping Sundays, many more shops in Bruges' city centre are open. Shopping Sundays are on every first Sunday of the month. Does this Sunday fall on a public holiday? Then the shopping Sunday moves to the second Sunday of that month.
To make shopping even more pleasant, the following shopping streets are car-free on Saturdays and during shopping Sundays: Zuidzandstraat, Steenstraat, Geldmuntstraat and Noordzandstraat.

Sustainable shopping in Bruges

Bruges has also discovered that second-hand shopping is hip. In the past year, several new vintage shops have opened their doors in Bruges. Some new gems are Frida Simone in the Hoogstraat and The Locker Vintage, near the Markt. But established names such as Selected By Francoise, Frivool, Sue Ryder and Troc are also highly recommended for shoppers who want to reduce their ecological footprint without compromising on style.

Day of shopping in Bruges by train

Going to Bruges for a day or weekend? Then travel comfortably by train. You can travel with Eurostar or Intercity Brussels.

  • Going with Intercity Brussels? Then travel to Antwerp. There you can catch the intercity to Gent St. Pieters. In Ghent, change trains to Bruges. Travel time is 3.36 hours from Amsterdam Centraal, the prices starts at € 32 for a single ticket with the Early Bird fare.
  • When travelling with Eurostar, take the same route or travel with only one change in Brussel Zuid/Midi. In that case, travel time is 2.44 hours. Prices for one-way trips start at € 36.

For all trips: book in advance as you will travel at bargain prices!

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Photo main image Toerisme Brugge © Milo Profi