Just before Christmas we went for a short but very enjoyable trip in Bruges, Belgium. The city is as I expected it: medieval, dark, mysterious and incredibly buzzing with all the tourists. Bruges is one of the places that someone has to visit! The canals, the history, the smell of warm baked waffles and chocolate that is infused everywhere you go, what’s not to like?
If you are in the UK it’s so easy to get there. We just hopped on the Eurostar, and in less than three hours we were there.
Here is what we did:
WHERE WE STAYED:
We stayed for 2 nights at the gorgeous Grand Hotel Casselbergh located right in the heart of historic Bruges. Best sleep I ever had! Rooms are very spacious, quiet and very very comfy. If you stay there, don’t miss out on the amazing cocktails the hotel bar has to offer!
WHERE WE ATE:
Brasserie t’ Vagevuur: We had the best waffle and ice cream ever!
VLAMINCK ’14: We went for dinner and I had the traditional Belgian stew that was absolutely delicious.
In den Wittenkop: If you ever visit Bruges, you HAVE to visit this restaurant! Really great food, oozing romantic atmosphere and great service. Make sure you book as it’s very small.
The second night we were looking for a bar, we hadn’t researched in advance and we thought it would be easy to find somewhere for a drink, there is an abundance of restaurants and tea rooms… but honestly we were looking for an hour before we found ‘BAR’N‘ a really stylish, cocktail/wine bar where we settled for the night. It’s really small, so be prepared that you might need to wait to find a seat, but it has lovely atmosphere and great drinks.
Apart from sleeping, eating and drinking, we also covered miles walking the cobblestoned streets, with regular pit-stops for ‘waffle-loading’, we did a boat canal trip, we visited Belfry the 83 meters tall tower which stands there from the 13th century and we also visited the famous beer museum. As it was Christmas time we also visited the Christmas markets and all the food stalls for more waffles!
If you haven’t been and you are looking for a short break away, I can definitely recommend it. Just make sure you are not on a diet when you visit! 🙂