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Shopping


Shopping in Bruges isn't the luxury sport that Brussels or Antwerp offers, but visitors to the city will find plenty of boutiques, markets and shops to occupy them.

A number of upmarket shops and boutiques are scattered around the city on streets like Noordzandstraat, Zuidzandstraat, and Geldmuntstraat, and around the Markt. Bruges also has a few good markets, including fairly mundane daily markets on the Markt. The Antiques and Flea Market enjoys a picturesque location along the canal on the Dijver, and has a good selection for bargain-hunters.

While not known for fashion, Bruges has a long tradition of lace-making that goes back for centuries. While much of it is now machine-made, there are beautiful examples of lacework available in traditional styles, including bloemenwerk, rozenkant, and toversesteek.

By far the most popular souvenir from Bruges is chocolate, however. With more than 40 chocolate shops around the city, visitors will be hard-pressed to leave Bruges without a box of pralines tucked into their luggage.

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