Bruges cuts locals a discount on their chips
Bruges’ medieval splendour, enchanting canals and cobbled streets make it a firm favourite for tourists. But visitors may wish to avoid one of the delights of the Flemish city – its pricey chips, or
frieten, as they say in that part of Belgium. Some of the city’s chipsellers have been charging tourists an extra 10% on the price offered to locals, pushing up the usual price to more than €7 ($8) a serving.
Gauthier Gevaert, of the Brugsch Friethuys chip shop, told the De Standaard newspaper that it was more a discount for locals rather than a tourist tax. Belgians consume on average 75kg of fried potatoes per person each year.
“Ten percent discount in Bruges, yes, that is explicitly on the receipt,” he said. “Why do we do that? For the regulars. We do not only aim at the mass tourism, but also building a relationship with whoever comes here often.”
The mayor of Bruges, Renaat Landuyt, agreed. “There are 6 million tourists here a year,” he said. “That makes Bruges an expensive city. These small gestures are nice.”