Situated in the west of Zeeland-Flanders, Sluis is a majestic town, a delight for connoisseurs of the good life. The town has shops, restaurants and bars aplenty. What makes shopping here so fun is that there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. If you’re not shopping-minded, why not visit the Belfort or take a walk around the town walls to get a feel of its illustrious past.
Sluis: a fortified border town
This fortified town on the border with Belgium is one of the top 5 towns in Zeeland when it comes to shopping. Its large selection of shops, restaurants and bars and its bon-viveur mentality means that Sluis is a fun place to shop. From small fashion shops to larger chains, the options are many. The town’s ancient backdrop also adds to fun of a day’s shopping spree. Everywhere there are reminders of the past, such as the old ramparts and town gates.
Did you know that Sluis has the only town hall in the Netherlands with a belfort - a Flemish clock-tower – situated at the very heart of this vibrant community? The town hall, which dates back to the 14th century, now houses an interactive museum, designed for young and old alike. The working windmill, Molen de Brak, is well worth a visit too. Home-milled flour is available in the gift shop and the building also accommodates a brasserie and tea room. Are you curious to know what else you can see and do on a day out in Sluis?
Things to do in Sluis
Town trail: The secrets of Sluis and Sint Anna ter Muiden
If you’d like to discover Sluis on foot, a great way to do this is to follow The secrets of Sluis and Sint Anna ter Muiden town trail, which includes many tangible reminders of the town’s turbulent past, such as the Belfort, the statue of lexicographer Johan Hendrik van Dale, and the town ramparts.
Every Friday between 8 am and 4 pm you can visit the weekly market and browse its many market stalls for bargains.