Bruges is a cute little European weekend getaway destination that I probably wouldn’t have visited from the US, but I’m happy to have discovered from London! It’s a cozy little city, sometimes called the Venice of the North, but I think it deserves to be known for its own charms!
One of the charms of Bruges is its winding canals, medieval architecture and idyllic windmills. We mainly just wandered around the canals, took pictures, and indulged in chocolate and wine. Here are some highlights.
Activities and Neighborhoods
- The Burg & Markt Square – the main touristy historic center with other major sites nearby
- Basilica of the Holy Blood
- Belfry of Bruges
- Windmills St Janshuis and Koelewei Mills – a nice walk out of the city center
- Art Museums
- Sint Anna district – a quiet neighbor in the city’s northern corner full of cobble paths, bridges, and tiny churches
Bakeries, Chocolates and Beers
- The Olde Chocolate House – the hot chocolate here is amazing. A must visit!!
- Desoete Bakery – decadent bakery
- Spegelaere Chocolatiere – a lovely, family run chocolatiere
- De Halve Maan Brewery – tours daily 11- 4, till 5 on Sat
- ‘t Bruges Beertje – old pub with over 300 beers
- Groot Vlaenderen – a very cool bar
- Bistro Christophe – just outside the center of town, perfect for a cozy Belgian meal the first night in town
- The Olive Tree – Greek in Belgium! A sweet little restaurant by Markt Square
- Pomperlut – a charming, upscale Belgian restaurant with a roaring fire and exquisite comfort food
- Relais & Chateaux Hotel Heritage – the perfect place to stay in Bruges! The Hotel Heritage has been run by a lovely couple for over 20 years. Their personality and attention to detail is evident. Everything from the lobby bar to the hotel room artwork seems to have been selected with purpose.