In true Belgian fashion, the Chocolatier Dumon handcrafts all of its chocolate and the factory/store is consistently rated as one of the best in West-Flanders. There are not really any "bad" chocolatiers in Belgium, but Chocolatier Dumon exceeds even this axiom. At this confectioner, they constantly seek to push the envelope with every product that is 100% cacao. With an attention to detail and a flavor for every season, when you see the name Dumon, associate it with fine chocolate.
Starting from the Grote Markt and ending at Zuidzandstraat, Steenstraat is not only one of the two important shopping streets in the city but also among the oldest roads in the region. It was also the first in Bruges to get a cobbled pavement. You can get a glimpse of the medieval Belfry and St. Salvator's Cathedral from this road. You will find major international brands' outlets dotting this street such as Swarovski, Tommy Hilfiger, Massimo Dutti, Vero Moda and Paris Londres.
Named after store owner Frédérique Baeckelandt, this charming hat store is a major throwback to a Victorian era, with their collection of delicate handmade millinery. Frédérique is known to design these hats in her cozy shop herself, although there are also other brands such as Bailey, Borsalino and Seeberger. The selections include a range of millinery options, from bandeaus, beanies and alpine hats, to exotic ones such as marabouts and turbans. Other peripheral accessories also include gloves, plumes, hat pins, corsages and hat boxes. Visits on Mondays to Thursdays are by appointment only.
Don't go by the size of this small shop tucked away into a medieval house in the Bruges city center. The contains of the shop are far more worthy of attention, all thanks to the expertise and legacy of the family Quijo. Now headed by the Quijo heir Peter, this eponymous shop designs, curates and sells beautifully unique jewelry pieces, including solitaire rings, necklaces, earrings and brooches. In the past, Peter Quijo has won the De Beers Intentional Diamond Awards for its stunning creations, all the more reason to stop here during a visit to the city.
As they say win is the most healthy and hygienic beverages, Matthys Wijnimport, houses some of the finest wines. Opened in 1993, it has brought a transition in the wine culture. The owner did not limit his search for wines in the neighboring vineyards, but went around the globe to pick some of the finest wines from each region. The wine shop houses a lavish variety in wines, which could be shopped online or picked from the store. Apart from offering a finest selection, they have delicious variety in snacks and pastas, which could be paired with the wines chosen by the patrons. By storing some of the finest wines from over 25 countries, the store is a record setting venue and has been elected as the 7th best wine store by the national press.
One of the best places in town for those who love pens or quality stationery, De Corte will wow you with their exemplary collection of Mont Blancs, Parkers, Duponts and Faber-Castels. Run by the third generation of the founding family, you will be amazed by the original products that are eclectic, unique and also affordable.
Raaklijn is a store that offers a great tour of the literary world. It has some of the best selection of books ranging from classical to contemporary. The list is endless and the store has ample for every taste and like. Opened in 1961, the store is a perfect place to find enticing selection of books written by Dutch, Spanish and French authors. The store offers a generous variety for every age group, from fiction to non fictional works. Some of the books from their finest selections are A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Wisdom of a Toothless Smile by Daniel Klein. Their biographical selection is a must read as it offers aspiring stories penned by renowned writers.
Dominique Meire specializes in fashionable apparel wear for men, alongside also designing customized suits under the label Scabal. Built into the facade of a historic building in the midst of the bustling Bruges center, this multi-storied store features everything for the fashion-conscious man, including stylish shirts, trousers, winter wear and jackets, as well as accessories such as knit scarves, briefcases, leather bags and shoes. A section of the store also displays a handful of accessories for women. Brands include Schneiders, Waterville, John Smedley, Magee, Sept by Cécile De Jaegher and Mirabell, among several others.
Opened in 2001, Leeloo’s main aim is to sell environmentally sustainable clothes and accessories. Targeted at the middle class, they make clothes that are pocket friendly. At their store they have a wide range of t-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, belts and other accessories to fit the fashionable. They promote over 40 fashion labels that fit the bill.
This secondhand shop in the heart of Bruges is a treasure trove of hidden finds, if you only know where to look. Amid racks of gently used merchandise, you may find that woolen sweater that you wanted, or a pair of suede shoes that you couldn't find anywhere else. Also find unique jewelry pieces, scarves, purses and much more at great bargains. Think Twice is abundantly lit, with the comfort of a home, so shopping here is always a pleasure.
Part of the famous worldwide chain Le Pain Quiotidien.