Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Bruges

't Apostelientje

Bruges overflows with lace vendors, but this sweet little ‘museum shop’ is well off the normal tourist trail. The delicate garments and gifts on sale are made from beautiful and authentic lace, handmade by two siste…
Top Choice Food in Bruges

Diksmuids Boterhuis

This gorgeously traditional grocery is now surrounded by mainstream boutiques but has been here since 1933. Decked out with red and white gingham flounces and featuring a ceiling hung with sausages, it purveys chees…
Food & Drinks in Bruges

Bacchus Cornelius

There’s a cornucopia of 450 beers and rare gueuzes (type of lambic beer), as well as jenevers (gin) and liqueurs flavoured with elderflower, cranberries and cherries. Ask the shop owner if you can try her home-brewe…
Fashion & Accessories in Bruges


The cool concrete exterior of L’Heroine stands out among the chains. Here you’ll find established Belgian designers Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester as well as young talents including Christian Wijnants. It st…
Food in Bruges

Chocolate Line

Bruges has 50 chocolate shops, but just five where chocolates are handmade on the premises. Of those, the Chocolate Line, is the brightest and best. Wildly experimental flavours by 'shock-o-latier' Dominique Persoon…
Food & Drinks in Bruges


Vast range of Belgian products from beers to biscuits in a snazzy, central location, but prices can be exorbitant. Their ‘beer wall’ is worth a look, as is the wonderfully located canalside bar terrace, where ‘monst…
Food in Ghent

Groot Vleeshuis

This long medieval stone hall was built as a meat market and now acts as a promotion and tasting hall for regional agricultural produce. If you’re passing by, consider strolling through beneath the hefty old wooden …
Music in Bruges


Here since 1920, this large, family-run music shop specialises in classical music, jazz, world music, folk and Flemish music, and is the kind of place where you can browse for hours. It also sells sheet music and ac…
Fashion in Bruges

Madam Mim

Quirky clothes handmade from vintage fabrics by shopowner Mim herself, as well as 60s crockery, cut glass, glorious hats and 70s kids’ clothes. You can also pick up antique lace for a fraction of the cost it goes fo…
Comics in Bruges

De Striep

Look for Thibaut Vandorselaer’s wonderful illustrated guides at this colourful comic shop. There’s also a comprehensive collection in Dutch, French and English. You'll find Bruges-set comics by the counter.