The 5 best food shops
1) De Olijfboom
Jan Demonie’s tiny delicatessen stocks 80 different types of olive oil, along with more than 250 rare herbs and spices. It also has peppers from 35 different regions and hand-rolled M’hamsa couscous from Tunisia. Local chefs come here to buy cooking ingredients they can’t find anywhere else in Belgium, such as fresh Japanese yuzu and soy sauce smoked over cherry wood.
2) De Westhoek
This tiny delicatessen is located in a busy shopping street near the Cathedral. Having spent many years working in one of the best restaurants in Bruges, owner Benny Sonneville knows all about cooking. Locals squeeze inside the narrow space to buy specialities like Iberian pata negra ham, local bloedworst (blood sausage) and a tasty rough raisin bread.
3) Diksmuids Boterhuis
Bruges locals have been coming to this tiny delicatessen since 1933 to stock up on special cheeses and sausages. It’s worth entering just to admire the old interior with its brick walls, painted tiles and brass lamps. The owner stocks West Flanders cheeses, Bruges salami and stone-baked breads, along with Spanish tapas.
4) De Kaasbolle
This family-owned shop has been selling speciality cheeses since 1981. It’s a friendly place where people come to buy exclusive French cheeses, rare West Flanders varieties and cheese platters for a dinner party.
An upmarket family delicatessen near the Belfry where you can pick up tasty meals to cook in your apartment. The shop also sells Champagne, Belgian caviar and whisky, along with local specialities like Brugse Achten biscuits to take home as a souvenir.
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