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Huidenvettersplein, Brugge, Belgium.

The chef looked a little non-plussed by the attitude of his waiter. We didn't eat here, so I can't say whether the outburst was justified!

Huidenvettersplein in early 14th century was occupied by tanners. In the 15th century this came to an end because of the bad smell. Afterwards, the Huidenvettersplein was used as a fish market. Maybe the smell was slightly better. There are fish restaurants there to this day, as you can see; not selling 15th century fish I hope, though maybe that was the waiter's complaint. In the second half of the 20th century the fishmarket moved round the corner and stalls selling souvenirs, drawings and paintings, for the growing tourism in Brugge arrived. The square along both sides could be closed with gates, but soon this was prohibited by the city of Brugge. The square can be reached from the Burg through Blinde-Ezelstraat (which my google translation from Flemish, rendered as Invisible Donkey Street, which I rather like), and on the other side, through the Braambergstraat or Rozenhoedkaai. Due to its closed nature and dimensions it feels more like a courtyard than a real public place.

I hope they patched up their quarrel: it looks a pleasant enough restaurant.

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