Where to shop?
Because Bruges is pedestrian-friendly and the main streets are all close to each other, a day’s shopping here is much more relaxing than in many other cities. You will find all the major national and international chains, as well as trendy local boutiques. And if you leave the beaten shopping paths you will certainly make plenty of interesting new discoveries. The most important shopping streets run between the Market Square and the old city gates: Steenstraat, Simon Stevinplein, Mariastraat, Zuidzandstraat, Sint-Jakobsstraat, Sint- Amandsstraat, Geldmuntstraat, Noordzandstraat, Smedenstraat, Vlamingstraat, Philipstockstraat, Academiestraat, Hoogstraat, Langestraat and the Katelijnestraat. There is also a small but elegant shopping centre, the Zilverpand, hidden between the Noordzandstraat and the Zuidzandstraat.
Each neighbourhood has its own unique atmosphere. In the Steenstraat, for example, you will find the famous brand names, whereas the Langestraat boasts many little second-hand and bricà-brac shops. The large hypermarkets are located just outside the city centre. You don’t know where to start? On www.visitbruges.be there is a selection of well-established family businesses and creative entrepreneurs. These are all unique boutiques, situated close to the city centre, and each guaranteed to give you a great shopping experience.