Bruges Antiques and Flea Market – A shopaholic’s dream break. Magical Bruges is an enchanting place to explore with some of the most visually enticing architecture you are ever likely to encounter on a European city break. If you eventually start to suffer from sightseeing overload, the city is also a fabulous place to shop and it’s highly likely that nowhere else is spending money so much fun. Noted for its tempting chocolate shops, glittering diamond stores and lace workshops, a Bruges weekend break can be a bargain hunters’ dream, particularly thanks to its famous weekend flea market. Located at the Dijver, the flea market is a city institution and a great place to rummage for unique gifts, arts and crafts. Antiques and Flea Market in Bruges – Distinctive souvenirs in an idyllic setting The Dijver is the perfect spot to spend a weekend morning browsing for goodies and is one of the city’s most picturesque and historic areas. The market takes place on the leafy tree-lined canalside opposite the imposing Carthusian Convent and a spectacular 15th century merchant house, which is now the upmarket De Tuillerieën Hotel. A long stretch of stalls line the waterfront, selling genuine antiques, artwork, second hand trinkets and one-off curiosities. Pick up a lasting memento of your short break in Bruges, such as elegant lace garments or traditional Flemish basket ware. You will also find tempting gift sets of Belgian chocolate and beer. Bruges Antiques and Flea Market – Showing off the city’s character The Dijver has bags of character and is full of activity; you could easily spend all morning soaking up its atmosphere without any intention of parting with your hard-earned cash. Even more colourful is a Bruges city break on a Saturday, when the historic fish market which neighbours the flea market competes for your attention. Tucked away amongst the stalls are charming little cafes selling tasty Flemish goodies and hot snacks, making the markets the ideal spots to relax and mingle with the locals.