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Is Bruges the prettiest city in Europe? Possibly. It certainly gets enough visitors, wandering around aimlessly just enjoying its streets. To feel above all that, join us as we guide you through Bruges’ other great strength -
Pubs and restaurants in Bruges are a plenty. Sometimes however, it’s difficult to differentiate between the two, as most pubs serve food, especially since the inside smoking ban that was introduced a few of years ago. Having said that many ‘pubs’ have made inside smoking rooms. There again because being on the terrace is so much part of Belgium culture, all terraces are usually heated. So nice to soak up the views and ‘people watch’ while sitting a a warmed terrace in winter. There are so many establishments to suit all age groups and tastes and of course there are buzzy night-
In Belgium, beer is more than just a frothy beverage -
The shape of each glass enhances the flavour of the beer for which it is designed. This tradition may seem like behaviour reserved for wine snobbery, but Belgians take their beer seriously -
It is easy to see the depth to which beer has become one with Belgium's culture. What other country has a driving tour through the countryside called the Beer Route?. After a day of castle hopping, visitors can stop by one of the local cafés to enjoy some chocolate with their beer, as their worries melt away. Whether you were visiting a brewery, sitting in a café or attending a festival, visitors will remember the first time they tasted their favourite brew.
There are so many many beer styles/types Belgium. With your choice of geuze, brown, lambic, white, chocolate, and cherry beer, you can't go wrong. Lambic beer, which Belgium is famous for, is made with an ancient style of brewing, relying on spontaneous fermentation to produce a bone-
Belgium has been called a nation of gourmands and gourmets: a country, in other words, where "big cuisine" meets "fine cuisine". It has been said that Belgium serves food of French quality in German quantities.
Below is a list of dishes that are seen as particularly Belgian.
Filet américain -
Charcuterie, or cold meat products, particularly smoked ham (Jambon d'Ardenne) and paté, which may be made of game such as wild boar. The Ardennes region is renowned for this type of food.
Gegratineerd witloof -
this can alsobe served as ‘rolletjes’ where the witloof (Chicory) is wrapped in ham ans served witha chesse sauce over it.
Kip met frieten en appelmoes / Poulet-
Konijn in geuze -
Paling in 't groen -
Perziken met tonijn -
Luikse salade -
Vlaamse stoofkarbonaden / Stoofvlees -
Vis Pannetje / Fish Pan – several types of fish and prawns cooked in a rich creamy sauce and served with – you guessed it – chips!
Vis soup / Fish Soup – for real fish lovers.
Asparagus – usually the large white type served with an array of sauces.
Situated opposite the Astrid park this is a charming old pub with beams draped in hops, that serves great spaghettis, lasagnas, burgers, toasted sandwiches etc or super salads at reasonable prices. You can also have just a drink here.
Cafe Rose Red -
If you are on a romantic break then this place will really fit the bill! Old with beams, lots of beers and lots of roses!
Housed in a typical Bruges stepped gable building very close to the Market square, this comfortable Brasserie serves an affordable lunch as well as a la carte meals, snacks and lots of beers to choose from, also delicious blonde and brown house beers. You can have just a drink here too -
Punta Est -
There's a clue in the address -
t’Klien Venetie -
This has to be one of our favourites for the view and also the music from an old Wurlitzer!. A very romantic spot. No meals served here but you can get a large mixed salami and cheese plate and the coffee is very good.
In 't Nieuw Museum -
Something special -
This is in Nicky's Bed and Breakfast lovely old house and has a homely feel to it, with warm coloured walls and candles. Only open weekend evenings, you can get a really reasonably priced meal here -
t’Stokers House -
We were reluctant to put this one in as it is somewhere we like to go for a quiet drink or a great spaghetti, but we can't be selfish! We just ask that you respect it's quiet, quaint ambience. It is a real 'find' untouched by time and that is why we like it!. Also a great cheese plate available
No website address, as the owner does not have a PC, or TV, it really is a ‘back to the past’ place.
Cafe Vlissinghe -
Reputed to be the oldest pub in town dating from 1515 with an interior that is like a museum, possibly where some of the great artists used to meet. It has a pretty garden with a skittle alley. Good beer selection and affordable menu for light meals and snacks.
De Veloren Hoek -
When you venture out to the Kruisport and windmills or the Folk Museum and the Jerusalem church you may like a pit-
On a sunny day there is a lovely terrace to enjoy with views of the windmills. You can have a juicy steak or maybe a Belgian stew or just a drink. All quite affordable.
Cozy bar in interesting old building adjoined to the youth hostel and restaurant Sacre Coeur
Mainly for younger travellers, wifi zone and sport on TV.
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De Kameliet *** -
Brasserie Raymond -
An authentic French brasserie restaurant
Den Dyver – Dyver 5
Creative restaurant serving exquisite beer dishes
Duc de Bourgogne – Huidenvettersplein 12
Restaurant with splendid location overlooking a canal
and serving gastronomic food
De Eetkamer – Eekhoutstraat 6
Lunches and dinners as well as gourmet meals
De Florentijnen – Academiestraat 1
Very well stocked wine cellar to complement menus
Den Gouden Karpel – Huidenvettersplein 4
Fish restaurant adjoining a fresh fish shop
Fine dining in authentic surroundings
‘t Jong Gerecht – Langestraat 119
A relatively new business with a young team
Patrick Devos – Zilverstraat 41
Spinola – Spinolarei 1
Romantic restaurant where the chef uses herbs from his own garden
De Visscherie –Vismarkt 8
Gastronomical fish restaurant
Au Petit Grand – Philipstockstraat 18
Grilled fish and meat dishes as well as dishes for children and vegetarians
Breydel De Coninc -
Family run known for it’s mussels, eels and lobsters
Café des Arts – Markt 32
Cosy brasserie in 18th century style serving classic French & Belgian cuisine
Cambrinus – Philipstockstraat 19
Brasserie in a historic building offering 400 different beers. Lunch, snacks, dinners or just beers.
La Civiere D’Or – Markt 33
Gourmet cuisine serving regional specialities including oysters game and rabbit.
De Carre – Markt 26
Refined regional dishes, shellfish and meat dishes
Cafedraal – Zilverstraat 38
A bar and restaurant in a unique setting
Café Central/La Sirene D’Or – Markt 30 – 31
Café/restaurant with cosy interior and sunny terrace
La Dentelliere –Wijngaardstraat 33
Typical Bruges restaurant with specialities like rabbit, lamb and mussels, also snacks.
Eetcafe De Vuyst – Simon Stevinplein 15
Trendy bistro with garden and terrace
‘t Fornuis – Blankenberge Steenweg 65
Offers a quick bite or an extensive seasonal menu
De Gastro – Braambergstraat 6
Romantic and trendy restaurant serving home made dishes including personal creations.
Gruuthuse Hof – Mariastraat 36
Family run serving typical Flemish cuisine.
De Gouden Kroes – Hoogstraat 12
Former goldsmiths studio from the 17th century. Specializing in Flemish dishes like grandmother used to make
‘t Gulden Vlies – Mallebergplaats 17
Bruges oldest and famous night restaurant serving French cuisine with regional dishes.
‘t Huidevettershuis – Huidenvettersplein 10-
Authentic Guild Hall interior situated on a canal.
Den Huzaar – Vlamingstraat 36
For connoisseurs. Fresh market produce used to prepare Bruges dishes
Jan Van Eyck – Jan Van Eyckplein 12
Belgian seasonal dishes plus tearoom serving fresh pancakes and waffles
De Koetse – Oude Burg 31
Cosy restaurant specializing in grilled fish, meat dishes mussels and lobster
Malpertuus ‘t Voske – Eiermarkt 9
16th cellar with fireplace specializing in eels, mussels fish vegetarian and grills
Manuscript –Prinsenhof 8
Refined Belgian cuisine in a historical setting.
Marieke van Brugghe – Mariastraat 17
Art Nouveau restaurant serving grilled meat and fish dishes with fish from the North Sea
Café Pick -
Stylish pub with modern interior. Sunny terrace for daytimes for any age group but in the evenings it is more for the younger generation with disco. Reasonably priced beer
Wereldcafe De Republiek -
This is part of the Lumiere Cinema building and is popular with a local slightly 'alternative' clientele of all ages. Serves intersting light meals until late and has a super inner courtyard which is a real suntrap.
The Volkshuis Pub – Near By Vismarkt – Location – See Map
Standing on the corner overlooking the fishmarket, this pub is modern, spacious and comfortable . Reasonably priced beers, excellently kept and live British football games shown on several large LCD screens. Suitable for all age groups.
The Druids Cellar -
An old atmospheric Irish pub just off the Market square, under a chinese restaurant. It is very popular with young people at weekends. Good atmosphere, candlelit and good music.
Delaneys Irish pub and restaurant -
Large Irish pub comprising several 'rooms' , interesting decor, log fires, good food menu and guinness! wifi and entertainment at weekends.
Bellman Pub -
Located just off the Fishmarket near the Astrid Park, this is a traditional pub with a cozy interior and a nice terrace. Spaghettis and snacks available.
The place to be! Clever name and a good concept of a beer and souvenir shop and a bar all in a 15th century Mayor's house with a lovely terrace overlooking the canal.
Another clever name -
Joey’s Cafe -
A cozy bar by day or night offering a wide variety of drinks and snacks.
The Mayflower Lightship – Bargeweg – Location – See Map
Something completely different! This really is an old lightship, converted into a charming cafe restaurant still moored up on The Ghent/Bruges/Ostend canal, near to the coach park. On a summer's day it is the perfect place for a drink on the 'deck' or a lunch or snack or evening meal.
De Kelk -
This bar can be described as a mix of old and new. From the outside it looks very much like an old Bruge beerhouse. Inside it is more modern than you would think. Having said that the owner does have a good knowledge of belgian beers and stocks more than a few speciality ales.
Vol au vent – Chicken in a creamy sauce,with the pastry case normally on the side and served with, yep, chips!.
*Advocaat is a traditional Dutch / Belgian
rich and creamy liqueur made from eggs,
sugar and brandy. It has a smooth,
The typical alcohol content is generally
somewhere between 14% and 20% ABV.
Its contents may be a blend of egg yolks,
aromatic spirits, sugar or honey, brandy, vanilla and sometimes cream
(or evaporated milk)
And naturally the world famous Belgian Waffles, sometimes eaten as a street snack. Among the better-
As mentioned on our museums page, Belgium claims to have 'invented' the chip, and even has a museum dedicated to such in Bruges. Frites as they are called here. 'Chips shops' (Friteries) are abundant, some even housed in portable wagons, two for instance on the main market . In addition to ketchup and mayonnaise, it is common to offer many others, with popular options including the following ;
Sauce Andalouse -
"Bicky" Dressing -
Curry ketchup / Curry mayonnaise
Zigeuner sauce -
Carbonade flamande -
Maxmiliaan van Oostenrijk – Wijngaardplein 16-
Traditional restaurant with Burgundian cuisine
De Middenstrand – ’t Zand 20
Dish of the day/ month and lunch menus on weekdays.
Mojo – Schaarstraat 4
World cuisine to Flemish classics using market availability.
De Mosselkelder – Huidenvettersplein 5
Mussels and eels simply served
Mozarthuys – Huidenvettersplein 1
17th century interior and sun terrace serving stone grilled meat and fish, light snacks, waffles and pancakes
Oud Brugge – Sint-
Specializes in fish and meat dishes as well as snacks and a tearoom in the afternoon.
‘t Oud Kanthuys – Wijngaardstraat 30
Specializing in lobster, mussels oysters asparagus and local dishes and has a beautiful conservatory and sun terrace.
Oude Burg 22 – Oud Burg 22
Warm and cosy restaurant serving reasonably priced stylish dishes
‘t Pallieterke – ‘t Zand 28
Family business offering home cooked affordable Flemish dishes
Bistro Passeviet – Smedenstraat 48
Cosy bistro with a varied cuisine using fresh produce.
Pieter Pourbus – Pieter Pourbusstraat 1
16th century home of the painter, with rustic interior and fireplaces, specializing in monkfish and rib steak
Bistro De Pompe – Kleine Sint-
Wok, grilled dishes and fresh salads.
Poules Moules – Simon Stevinplein 8-
French cuisine and mussels and sumptuous desserts.
Rozenhoedkaai – Pandreitje 1a
A favourite with Brugeans serving crown of lamb, seafood soup, mussels and steak – affordable lunch
Sacre Coeur – Langestraat 137
Something for everyone with a broad selection of fresh regional dishes and beers.
‘t Schrijverke – Gruuthusestraat 4
Home made seasonally changing regional dishes with a tearoom in the afternoon.
La Taverne Brugeoise – Markt 27
Typical Brugean restaurant with open fire serving typical Flemish dishes for example beef stew and fisherman’s cod.
De Torre – Langestraat 8
Trendy restaurant with south facing terrace overlooking a canal. Seasonal and regional dishes plus tearoom and snack menu . Possible for just a drink too.
Uienspiegel – Langestraat 2-
Trendy canal side restaurant with sunny terrace on canal. Dishes grilled on Lava stone, snacks and home made ice cream or just a drink.
De Verbeelding – Oude Burg 26
Pastas, salads, tapas, spare ribs and daily seasonal menus.
De Waterweelde – Dudzeelse Steenweg 77
seasonal cuisine in comfortable surroundings. Eel, fish and meat dishes. Children welcome. Tea room at weekends.
WORLD KITCHEN RESTAURANTS
Well established reputation in Bruges for many years.
La Cantina -
Eat in or take away dishes
Fresh pizzas and pastas and Italian wines.
Riva de Sole -
Italian and French cuisine. Pizza baked on stone.
CHINESE / JAPANESE
Oriental Wok Dudzeelse Steenweg 27-
Chinese and Japanese buffet.
Oldest Chinese restaurant in Bruges. Chinese rice tables also vegetarian dishes.
Koto/the Orchid -
A typical Teppan Yaki restaurant.
Narai Thai -
Authentic Royal Thai cuisine.
Indian tandooriOude gentweg 11
De Bron -
This is a lunchtime only restaurant and you have to ring the bell to get in!. You join a table of others and choose what size of the daily menu you want. Take-
Fusion at De Stoepa-
Vegetarian friendly with an oriental twist. Drinks, snacks and meals. Sunny terrace garden.