The Markt
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  • Jim W
    Sindelfingen, Germany2,917 contributions
    Another Gorgeous Belgian Grand Square
    While I still think the Grote Markt in Brussel is more beautiful, this one in Bruges is absolutely gorgeous with many places to eat, drink, play, and do many tourist things. The Belfry is to the one end of the square and restaurants surround the other side. There is a little carnival for the youngsters to enjoy. My wife and I simply enjoyed sitting, having a glass of wine, and watching life. Here you can also take a horse and carriage ride as well as the city bus tour.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2023
  • Stanley S
    Winter Garden, Florida545 contributions
    Changing
    OK, so this review is only for the Markt itself and I will praise that. The Markt and its architecture is beautiful and one could sit and study it for hours. The issue I have is with the cheesy tourist driven cafes that offer poor tourist-driven food and crowds. They even go as far as putting out English menus hawking their wares and advertising for tourists. As far as the Markt itself, it is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with its centerpiece, The Belfort. Unfortunately it is ruined by The Historium and the poor horses who endlessly carry about tourists. Listen, I get it; Bruges derives much of its income from tourism but it has gotten out of hand, There are roaming hordes of teens and pre-teens on excursions from school, only to be complicated by day bus trips. On our last visit we at least had a bit of a respite from the day trips during the week. We were surprised at how busy the weekdays were as last trip there were times we felt as if we had the city to ourselves. Forget about the weekends where the crowds are getting to Venice-size proportions. I digress. We loved this city and wanted to return so badly, hang out in The Markt, experience the farmers market and the people of Bruges, but this visit was a disappointment as to how tourism is ruining it. Unrelated to The Markt, we did make our own fun, sought out lesser crowded areas, did a lot more window shopping and try for the experiences that would not necessarily attract crowds. I suggest you do too. Stay away from the Markt as much as possible.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,419 contributions
    Center of Bruges
    Bruges' central square is one of the most picturesque places in the lovely historic city. With horse carriages tiptoeing around grand guildhalls, the Markt captures the best of the Dutch Golden Ages. No doubt it attracts tourists worldwide.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • David
    Oxford, United Kingdom1,588 contributions
    Picturesque.
    The markt square is a worthwhile spot to spend some time. Nice surroundings. Really nice bells sounding from the tower. There are plenty of cafes catering to tourists who want to appreciate the views and surroundings.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 2, 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,478 contributions
    Exquisite city square
    Bruges is a medieval city. UNESCO listed. And it's easy to see why. Stunning old buildings, canals, and more. The Markt is a lovely, large and open square surrounded by wonderful buildings. Lots and lots of photo ops. Well worth a visit but do take the time to head off down all the side streets as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • jaybeeFL
    Palm Harbor, Florida3,348 contributions
    A "Must See"
    This is the huge main square of the old town and has the magnificent Stadhuis as the centerpiece along with a row of colorful restaurants and several other historic structures, one of which houses a museum. It is also a convenient place to hire a horse and carriage or pedicab to take you on a citywide tour. Great place to start your walking tour as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Barbara D
    Lemont, Illinois56 contributions
    Enjoyable Journey Into the Past of Belgium
    The Markt delivered as promised. It is enchanting to experience. We were fortunate to be there for the Wednesday open-air market, loaded with vendors and street musicians. A canal boat tour is a must to understand the architectural history and orientation of the area. The Burg seems to be more of where the "action" is. Beer is the BEST for those who like beer; chocolates are incomparable; buy HERE if you want the best.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Brucestewart
    Livingston, United Kingdom9,746 contributions
    Excellent place to sit and watch the world go by
    My wife and I were visiting Bruges as part of a coach trip to Belgium and the Netherlands to see some of the Christmas markets. After a general look round the centre of the town she wanted to do some shopping so we went our separate ways for a short time. I went to one of the restaurants bordering the edge of the market square and had a pot of coffee to occupy me during a very relaxing half hour.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Kcassa
    Brentwood, United Kingdom66 contributions
    Fabulous square
    Fabulous historical location. Belfort is situated here and every street of the market is worth exploring for different reasons. Market day on Wednesday was busy and mostly fresh produce. Watch out for the beers around the square, really expensive so if you just go to a street off the markt prices drop a Euro or so.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
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Bubbles73uk
Weedon Bec, UK845 contributions
Mar 2020
Located beneath the Belfry of Bruges, the Market Square is filled with beautiful & unique buildings. It's the large square in the centre of the tourist area.

You can walk through the Cloth Hall, the Cranenburg House, & the Historium, all of which are located right next to each other. You'll also find statues in the middle of the square of 14th century war heroes like Jan Breydel & Pieter de Coninck.

There are benches, so you can sit and people watch, & sometimes a local market is set up here where you can shop for fresh vegetables & flowers.
Written March 20, 2020
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MickyC
Bromley, UK425 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
This is the centre of bruge, it is lined with bars and restaurants, although you will pay more for the food and beer in these places. I paid between 7-9€for a pint of beer in these bars. But it is worth stopping her for the Atmosphere.

There is horses and carts here that will take you on a tour of bruge, but I’m not sure on the price.

Also Situated here is the bell tower, that is definitely worth a visit up to the top, I think it was 14€ and it’s quite steep towards the top. Great view at night.

At Christmas they have a central market there with maybe 20 Christmas stalls and also a big drinking tent . This all closes at 23:00
Written December 22, 2021
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And_9F
Chelmsford, UK13 contributions
Nov 2022
Visited Bruges Christmas Market November 29th to 1st Dec 2022, very disappointing. This is the 4th time I've been to Bruges at this time.

The positives. The city is beautifully lite with Christmas decorations and I've always found the the classic building architecture interesting; always a pleasure to wonder round the canals, streets and the chocolate shops and popping into restaurants for a mulled wine. A carriage ride is a must, priced at 60 Euros.

The negatives. There are two Christmas Markets, one in the Grand-Place, the other where the statue of Simon Stevin is located (Simon Stevinplein). The one is the Grand-Place has a few stalls mostly selling alcohol, cheese and a few selling woolen items. There is no christmas music playing, it just lacks that Christmas feel. The other one hasn't changed over the years, its small and has more of a Christmas charm.

Overall, if you're going to visit the city and experience the streets, restaurants/cafes, canals and you'll have a great time. If it's for the Christmas Market, you'll be better going elsewhere i.e. Salzburg
Written December 3, 2022
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH3,036 contributions
Aug 2021
The Market Square is pretty much the center of Bruges, with the bell tower, as well as a row of restaurants you have likely seen countless times in travel literature and on postcards.

This is one of those places where the ambience is part of the fun. It’s a beautiful Medieval square. Even the newer buildings have Medieval elements so that they will fit in better. There are usually 6-12 horse carriages and the bell tower frequently chimes.

At one time, the canals came up to the edge of the square (hence the market), but today the closest canal is a few blocks away. Of the buildings on the square, you should make a point of visiting the town hall.

One note: the row of restaurants on the square looks great, but take a look at the reviews before you try one. There are many nearby restaurants that don’t appeal primarily to tourists where you might have a better experience. Your choice.
Written August 26, 2021
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AtlanticTyger
Columbus, OH1,016 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
A delightful time can be had on market day with all the mobile vendors set up and selling fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meets, seafood, flowers and all kinds of assorted things. Local people are lined up to do their shopping; it is a throwback to a simpler time. The square is lined with pleasant restaurants, though less touristy ones can be found a few blocks away with better prices.
Written January 15, 2020
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Lucian M
Constanta, Romania2,518 contributions
Jun 2022
When we arrived in Bruges, my friend and I were oriented so that we could first reach Markt, the central square of the city. The place is especially beautiful and pleasant. Markt is surrounded by buildings with classical, local architecture. Although it seems that there is road traffic in the square, it is probably not very important and that is why the place is very friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.There are many horse carriages for those who want to take a tour through the city. We noticed that there are especially women driving these horse carriages, not men which, at least for us, is a little bit unusual. All around the square, there are many cafes, restaurants, taverns with terraces in the square, almost full of them all, a sign that it is a very pleasant place to spend some time.
Written October 14, 2022
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Stanley S
Winter Garden, FL545 contributions
May 2023
OK, so this review is only for the Markt itself and I will praise that. The Markt and its architecture is beautiful and one could sit and study it for hours. The issue I have is with the cheesy tourist driven cafes that offer poor tourist-driven food and crowds. They even go as far as putting out English menus hawking their wares and advertising for tourists. As far as the Markt itself, it is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with its centerpiece, The Belfort. Unfortunately it is ruined by The Historium and the poor horses who endlessly carry about tourists. Listen, I get it; Bruges derives much of its income from tourism but it has gotten out of hand, There are roaming hordes of teens and pre-teens on excursions from school, only to be complicated by day bus trips. On our last visit we at least had a bit of a respite from the day trips during the week. We were surprised at how busy the weekdays were as last trip there were times we felt as if we had the city to ourselves. Forget about the weekends where the crowds are getting to Venice-size proportions. I digress. We loved this city and wanted to return so badly, hang out in The Markt, experience the farmers market and the people of Bruges, but this visit was a disappointment as to how tourism is ruining it. Unrelated to The Markt, we did make our own fun, sought out lesser crowded areas, did a lot more window shopping and try for the experiences that would not necessarily attract crowds. I suggest you do too. Stay away from the Markt as much as possible.
Written May 24, 2023
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland7,836 contributions
Aug 2021
Bruges is an impressive old town. Quite big, but very walkable at least for the historic part.
There are really countless historic buildings, squares, churches and cathedrals, canals. It's just a beautiful place to visit.

One of the biggest squares is this one. And one not to be missed. The colorful buildings line up here and the Belfort Tower dominates the scene here. It's a massive construction. The Provincial Hoof is also located here and worth a look.

It's a busy place. And there's quite some traffic, that's too bad. Just be careful when buses, horse carriages and taxis come and go.

But it's an impressive sight. And since there are lots of restaurants and cafés, maybe it's a good spot to sit down, take a drink and watch the world go by. It's not a place to dine, there are better options around. But perfect for having drink with a view.
Written January 23, 2022
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Kelly O
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
I've always wanted to visit a Christmas market in Europe and imagined lots of independent sellers with a lovely range of unique Christmas gifts. I'm so disappointed. Socks, gloves, cheese and alcohol on repeat. And a bit of Christmas tat thrown in. The 'ice' rink is a joke. Thankfully we only paid for two out of five of us to skate because it was beyond awful. There was nothing synthetic about it. It was plastic. White plastic that was wet due to the rain. We were refused a refund dispute trying to skate for only a few minutes. Myself and daughter can skate and we could barely stand up on this plastic nonsense. Overall, a really disappointing experience.
Written December 20, 2023
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Herbert C
880 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Vibrant and buzzing with life throughout the day, Markt Square is truly the heart of Bruges. It has been used as a marketplace since the 10th century. Dominated by the iconic 83m Belfry, this huge square is also home to numerous restaurants, speciality shops and other businesses. Despite the touristy nature of the place, you can still have a perfect day out….. sipping a local beer at one of the open-air cafe while enjoying the sights around the square and the relaxing clip-clop sound of the horse-drawn carriages.
Written November 14, 2022
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