Filled with cobble stone streets that make passage for carriages drawn by horse and entwining canals that encompass baroque- styled gothic buildings and their undersized door frames, Bruges feels like a real life fairy tale! The medieval city offers more than just its visual appeal with its colossal selection of Belgian beer located within over one thousand bars scattered around the city, chocolatier boutiques and historic sites.
Although Bruges attracts many loved up couples from around the world, it is also the perfect place to travel solo and meet other travellers. Here is a complete guide for you to use during your stay in Bruges!
Hotspots in Bruges
Rozenhoedkaai: This stunning location is known for its romantic ambiance and picturesque canals that are encompassed by gothic architecture that attracts photographers, artists and couples from all over the world!
Bonifacius bridge: This charming stone bridge draws you in with its bucolic character and enchanting intimate canal views! There are a total of 49 bridges in Bruges however, this one in the cities crowned jewel!
Huidenvettersplein: Also known as Tanners square, the alluring courtyard once served as the local fish market in the middle ages. It is now known for its fairy tale surroundings, quaint character and medieval ambiance.
Mineewater park: This intimate part of Bruges is also known as the lake of love, and for good reason! The lake is encircled by whispy willows, arched bridges and home to swans that glide effortlessly on the lakes surface.
Walplein Square: Dating back to the 12th century, this endearing courtyard is thought to be one of the first established within the city! Here you can find market stalls bordered by stunning buildings and a local brewery
Getting to Bruges
You can get to Bruges by plane via one of its two airports. Ostend Brugge airport is closest being a 40 minute airport shuttle bus ride however is limited to certain countries. Otherwise you can land in Brussels airport with access to trains, buses and cars which takes approximately 2 hours. If you’re already in Europe you can easily access Bruges via train or bus. The city of Bruges is relatively small making the main way of getting around by foot, bike or taxi.
When to visit Bruges
Bruges is one of those cities that is blessed with being beautiful all year round meaning there is not really any bad time to visit. In Spring and Summer the climate is perfect, festivals are plentiful and nature can be seen blooming amongst the streets. If you’re wanting to avoid the crowds then I’d opt for the Autumn and Winter months where you can relax, get cosy and soak up its romantic ambiance.
Where to eat and drink
De Garre: This secret gem is hidden down an unsuspecting passage just south of the Markt. The 18th century bar is full of character with its rustic finishes, friendly ambiance and vast menu of beverages. Here is the perfect place to meet other travellers and take in the historic city over a cheese board. Just make sure you hold your beer tight when walking down the lop sided stairs!
The Old Chocolate House: Located in the city centre, this chocolate boutique is owned and ran by a local family. From freshly baked cakes to mouthwatering hand made chocolate, this place is guaranteed to give you the authentic Belgian sugar fix that you’re looking for.
I Love Waffles: You can’t go to Bruges without indulging in iconic Belgian waffles! Here you can find the culprit of the sweet scent that fills the streets of Bruges alongside a copious selection of delicious toppings!
Breydel-De Cornick: This seafood restaurant holds one of the best reputations within the city. Here you can sit back and enjoy a pot of mouth watering Belgian mussels and a glass of wine to finish the day.
Brasserie Cambrinus: If you’re looking for a menu filled with a plethora of authentic Belgian dishes then look no further! Here you can choose from a selection of delicious dishes coupled with a Belgian brewed beer.
Hotel Van Cleef: This unique accomodation is one to remember. This hotels luxurious boutique styled- decor makes you feel like you’re lost in time. Enriched with luxury, history, art and canal views, the Van Cleef is the perfect stay to fulling immerse yourself into Bruges charming ambiance.
The Pand Hotel: This once 18th century carriage house now stands as a quaint luxurious hotel which offers a convenient location for exploring the heart of the city.
Maison Amodio BNB: Chic and quirky, this BNB is furnished to your contemporary needs. With welcoming hosts and delicious food, you can lay back and soak up the relaxing ambiance that it exudes.
Hostel Lybeer Bruges: Located in the city centre, this lively hostel offers activities through the week such as beer tasting and karaoke nights, making it the perfect place to mingle with other travellers and enjoy the cities atmosphere.
Floris Karos Hotel: If you’re looking for somewhere to stay on a budget, this is a great place to stay. Here you can still have the full Bruges experience without breaking the bank!
I’m an Australian blogger based in Central West NSW who has spent the last few years exploring the four corners of the globe, living as an expat and falling in love with the world just a little bit more everyday. Here you can find my tips, guides and experiences to help inspire you for your next trip!
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