Most shops operate from Monday to Saturday, opening at 10.00 a.m. and closing at either 6.00 or 6.30 p.m. But even on Sundays you don’t need to leave Bruges empty-handed. Many specialist stores are open on Sundays as well. And on ‘Shopping Sundays’ – the first Sunday of the month, from 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., except on public holidays – they are joined by many of the other shops. There is restricted access for traffic on Saturday afternoon and ‘Shopping Sundays’ (from 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.) in the following shopping streets: Zuidzandstraat, Steenstraat, Geldmuntstraat and Noordzandstraat.
Cafés and restaurants have no (fixed) closing hour. Sometimes they will remain open until the early hours of the morning and other days they will close earlier: it all depends on the number of customers.