Travelers who wish to go shopping in Bruges for something other than chocolates, should be aware that the city plays host to a true flea market extravaganza three times a year: The Bruges Zandfeesten.
Considered one of Flanders’ largest antiques and second-hand market, the Bruges Zandfeesten attracts hundreds of vendors, and thousand of bargain-hunters from far and wide. The overall venue spreads over a couple of miles, from Het Zand, to Beursplein and the adjacent Koning Albertpark.
The Dutch/Flemish name Zandfeesten stands for Sand (Zand) and Festival (Feesten) and takes its name from Het Zand square, the square in the vicinity of the central railway station. The flea market makes Bruges a shopping destination like no other, but exclusively for those three days a year.
Keep in mind that, if you want to grab a bargain or two, you’d better set your alarm clock early, as the Bruges Zandfeesten attracts droves of visitors. Walk the entire length of the fair and you will have clocked five kilometers without even noticing.