Bruges Travel Guide

Bruges is brimming with history and culture, from medieval buildings to winding canals, making it a perfect weekend destination for a relaxing stroll through time. There is plenty to see and do, along with edible delights to try – make sure you take home some delicious Belgian chocolate!

 

Where to Stay

Check in to the Hotel Montanus, which, despite its central location, is a little pocket of peacefulness in the city thanks to its gardens and chic design palette. The hotel is also home to the Den Heerd restaurant, which serves simple, modern dishes (think Atlantic cod with lobster sauce, or pigeon fillet with parsnip) out on the restaurant’s pretty terrace.

When you’re done for the day, climb under the bedrooms’ linen sheets, provided by Belgian textiles house Decopur, for a restful night. A dedicated butler service is also available to cater to your every need!

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Hotel Montanus


What to Do

Bruges has held onto its Middle Age era architecture and the centre of the city is a good place to get lost in some stunning Gothic architecture.

The Markt, or ‘market square’ of Bruges, is home to the 83-metre tall Belfort bell tower, which has panoramic views out over the city. You just have to scale the 366 steps it takes to get there first. Or step into the Diamond Museum, which traces the city’s long history as a hub for diamond trade.

For a late afternoon modern art fix, visit the Absolute Art Gallery, which hosts solo and group shows of emerging artists.

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Belfort Bell Tower in Bruges Markt


Where to Eat

The quintessential, don’t-leave-without-trying-them Bruges foodie treats are waffles, Belgian beer, mussels and frites – all of which are readily available throughout the city at streetside cafes and old, atmospheric bars and pubs.

For Belgian chocolate, visit The Chocolate Line, where you can watch the entire production process: from roasting, peeling, crushing the beans to the final pouring of the bars before you leave with some of the finished product.

A special dinner can be found at Pomperlut, a former farmhouse seating just 20 guests. Book in advance to experience the whimsical décor and a traditional Belgian menu.  

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The Chocolate Line. Image Credit: Flickr/VisitFlanders


 What to Pack

A city made for walking, comfortable clothing and footwear is essential to not restrict your exploring! Practical doesn’t need to mean dull though, pair a printed sheer shirt with a simple mini or culottes for a stylish daytime outfit that looks chic too. Add in a light jacket and a cross-body bag and you’re good to go.

And of course, a little splash of diamond jewellery seems appropriate for the historic hub of the diamond trade! 

Gabriela Hearst
Selene Blouse

Loewe
Mini Skirt Tan

Stephen Webster
Three Butterfly Earrings

Karmoie
One Large Sunglasses

IWC Schaffhausen
Da Vinci Automatic Stainless Steel

 Aura Soma Pegasus Parfum
Parfum 11

Age of Reason
Cloud Shirt

Po-Zu
Estella Black

Loewe
Oversized Jacket with Drawstring

Okapi
Yemaja Chestnut Zebra Ostrich

JEM x India Mahdavi
Voids Bracelet 

Chartwellandg
Large Scarf – Mint

Fountain of Youth
Eye Contour Gel

Maiyet
Cascade Lace Trimmed Silk Dress

Luca Jouel
Diamond Slice Rose Gold Necklace

Umran Aysan
Cotton Sweatshirt White

Camilla Elphick 
Oh David! Heels

Vana
Black Python Clutch Wallet

Maiyet
Gaucho Pant

Weleda
Almond Soothing Facial Cream

Vieri Fine Jewellery
Mandala Collection Small Ring

Robe de Voyage
Kyoto Pyjamas

Robe de Voyage
Kyoto Pyjamas

Kiehl’s
Calendula Foaming Face Wash

Olivia Gagan