The best of beautiful Brugge

By Ellyn Peratikou

Whether you want a quiet romantic weekend away with your loved one, a wine fuelled girly get away, beer tasting with the boys or a mini break suitable for the whole family. Brugge comes up trumps and accommodates any age, gender and interest! With its bustling bars, charismatic cobbled streets ornate architecture lining the streaming canals, Brugge has so much to offer! Below are 4 of the places you can’t miss when on your trip!

Brugge by foot

First and foremost it is advised that you walk around Brugge by foot, mainly because it is so small that you can get around it in about an hour! Also then you get to experience Brugge and all its sights. Be sure to pick up a walking tour map from wherever you’re staying, and don’t hesitate to ask people at your hotel on any local events that you won’t want to miss out on! If you follow the route you’ll come across the windmills, which your kids will love! The oldest pub in Brugge called Herberg Vlissinghe which has been going since 1515! As well as just enjoying the serene streets and cute little boutiques.  

Cafe Rose Red. – The place of love… and beer. 

Trip advisor – 5*

Brugge is manifestly famous for their copious amounts of original Belgian beers, which for men (and some women I guess!) this is what attracts them to visit beautiful Brugge. However, by wandering off the beaten track led by tourists, a stones throw away from the famous market, we stumbled across this hidden gem tucked away in a quiet side street. The authentic interior and warm welcome you receive when you walk in is so unique and inviting you’ll instantly fall in love with the place! While the romantic ambiance, delightful wine menu the Belgium bar staff may be for you, your other half will be blown away by the beer booklet, offering hundreds and hundreds of beers to try! 

Recommendations for him -Trappist beer and Saison dupont, for her – In house Rose.

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Staminee De Garre– Brugge’s version of diagon alley.

Trip advisor – 4.5*

If you want to live the life of a local for the day, you should definitely visit this local pub. One of the most charming features of this place is the fact that it is completely hidden to the eye of the tourist, and is located down the end of a quiet, crooked narrow alley, yet upon entering it is bustling with charm, character and community. It is a perfect place to go for an afternoon refreshment while you’re on your walk, and it is the ideal opportunity to engage your restless kids in an exciting adventure with something to aim for. Food isn’t served however you get given free cubes of cheese with your drink orders which complements your beer nicely and will be a light snack for the kids. It’s intimate and cosy characteristics may hinder your chances of getting a seat, but i highly recommend you go back later! As the small capacity only adds to the uniqueness and quality of your service.

Recommendations – The famous De garre.

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Le Trappiste. – The bustling basement of beers!

Trip advisor – 5*

This medieval underground cellar bar is oozing with life and youth! The bricked arches and dimmed lights give it an edgy yet cosy feel, it is a perfect meeting place for a group of friends on a heavy night out hitting the international beer list! It has the ideal atmosphere for a lads holiday however if you want a quiet intimate drink head to the bar, be sure to ask the bar tender for advice, they are more than happy for a chat and to advise you on some delicious beers to try!

Recommendations – ABBOTT, specially brewed for “Le Trappiste” at brewery Van Steenberge.

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t’Zwart Huis. – Dark delicious dining.

Trip advisor – 4.5*

This restaurant is located within a beautiful late gothic building with breathtaking interior, including a large wall length fire place as one of its beautiful features. If you want to feel as though you are being wined and dined in luxury with top notch service then this is definitely a place to visit. They take the idea of ‘dimmed lighting’ to the extreme as candle light is your only light source! However this really does add to the t’Zwart Huis experience as it truly is one like no other. Alongside the live blues music and classy cuisine, this is the ideal place for a couples romantic night. 

 Recommendations – Thai Curry and Irish rib

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Stephanie Long – writer at EMP Group

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