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The Bear Necessities

Groeninge 23, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 34 10 27
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A must visit!

Excellent shop and fantastic owner, who stood up tall to welcome us when we walked in. Our only... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Troy R
via mobile
A glorious surprise for lovers of bears

My wife is a keen collector of bears and we were very pleased and surprised to come upon this... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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4 weeks ago
“A must visit! ”
18 Sep 2017
“A glorious surprise for lovers of bears”
Groeninge 23, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 34 10 27
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent shop and fantastic owner, who stood up tall to welcome us when we walked in. Our only regret is not buying a teddy. However, we do intend to revisit and make a purchase or two. A must visit for anyone in Brugge.

Thank Troy R
Reviewed 18 September 2017

My wife is a keen collector of bears and we were very pleased and surprised to come upon this gorgeous little shop whilst walking around the city. y wife was very pleased with the selection of bears both old and new. After a further two...More

Thank dlfrancis
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Happened upon this place whilst wondering around the streets of Bruges. The shop is full of character and very traditional and whilst small has a good stock of modern and antique bears some of which are made by the owner. We had a long chat...More

1  Thank Arnold W
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is one of the cutest shops I have been in a long time. My friends bought one of the bears that the gentleman's wife had made herself - such cute bears and all handmade. You could see the distinct personality of each bear. Lovely...More

Thank Artes H
Reviewed 7 November 2016

As other reviewers have said, the owner is a wonderful gentleman who loves to talk about Belgium and any other topic you can possibly imagine. We read about this shop and decided that we would make a special trip to Bruges. We were not disappointed!...More

Thank Woofnwinks
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Wow! Me and my girlfriend stumbled upon this hidden gem whist exploring Brugge on our last day, immediately after entering the shop we both clapped eyes on Jeremiah, possibly the most perfect little bear you're ever likely to see, sat on a shelf amongst all...More

Thank Ste P
Reviewed 3 September 2016

If you are a teddy bear lover, this is the place for you. There are some wonderful handmade bears, and bound to be something that appeals to you.

Thank Mariej45
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Now, if there's anything you want to know about the history of Belgium, Britain or anywhere else in Europe go and talk to Frank the owner of this shop. Absolutely charming chap - we spend hours in there chatting to him - Oh yes, and...More

Thank Jonesm33
Reviewed 29 March 2016

The Bear Necessities is a neat little place owned and operated by a passionate collector and shopkeeper in Bruges. The shop is open from 10-5pm daily but closed on Mondays. Here you'll find a quaint little shop with a wide variety of stuffed teddies and...More

Thank BradJill
Reviewed 3 January 2016

Lovely shop just off the main tourist road. The shop owner was very friendly and we had a very nice chat with him. We bought two limited edition teddy bears made by Maria Devlieghere (the owners wife), looking back this must be the best 'souvenir'...More

1  Thank bugtravels
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