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Bruges is home to fabulous restaurants, lively bars and cosmopolitan cafes, with over 20 restaurants featured in the Michelin guide. While we obviously didn’t get to try every restaurant in Bruges during the 4 days we were there, we did get to try a selection of Bruges’ best restaurants. In this blog post, I’ll share some of the best places to eat in Bruges, based on our experience and recommendations.
Of course, when in Bruges you have to try the famous beers, the mouth-watering chocolates and the fluffy waffles. And as a total foodie, I did all of the above in abundance. During our 4 days in Bruges, we ate and drank our way through this compact city, visiting some of the best places to eat in Bruges. From bars and breweries, to restaurants, chocolatiers and waffle shops, here are my personal recommendations for the best places to eat in Bruges!
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Best Places to Eat in Bruges
Situated just a stone’s throw from the famous Rozenhoedkaai, this tiny little tapas bar serves fantastic Mexican food and cocktails. We stumbled upon this gem by accident as we wandered around on our first night in Bruges. The live music oozing from the first-floor windows drew us in and we were totally taken by the quaint interior. While it’s very small inside, that’s all part of the charm. We headed upstairs where there were about 6 or 7 tables and a couple of musicians playing live music. A quick drink turned into an hour as we sat and enjoyed the music by candlelight.
As the oldest inn in Bruges, this is one of the best Bruges restaurants to visit for a bite to eat and a drink. This beautiful inn is full of character and steeped in history, first opening as a tavern in 1515. Café Vlissinghe is hidden away, outside the main city centre but as Bruges is so compact, it’s only a 12-minute walk from Rozenhoedkaai to Café Vlissinghe! Food in Bruges is not cheap in general, but we found this restaurant to be reasonably priced.
Another accidental find, this great little patissier/bakery offers excellent waffles (although a little pricey, but totally worth the indulgent treat!) and intricately decorated pastries and cakes. Sit outside on the pavement tables and soak up the sun while eating your body’s weight in sweet treats!
Pick up some fresh Belgian waffles from this small and under-the-radar cafe in the heart of Bruges city centre. The waffles are very reasonably priced and were absolutely delicious. Find a bench and enjoy some people watching while munching on some of the best Belgian waffles in town!
Over-indulging in Belgian chocolate whilst in Bruges is practically a law. Or at least it should be! And The Old Chocolate House is one of the best places to do just that. As a self-confessed chocoholic, I was in heaven. With such a huge range, it’s almost impossible to narrow it down, but I was just about able to choose a handful of the most decadent flavours to savour throughout the day. The Old Chocolate House also claims to have the best hot chocolate, but as it was 40*C when we visited I’ll have to take their word for it!
Restaurant Kasteel Minnewater
This restaurant is located in beautiful surroundings that are ideal for a pitstop and a refreshing drink. As I’ve already mentioned, the weather was amazing while we were in Bruges, but as I’d forgotten to pack a summer dress, I was in desperate need of a cold drink and a sit down at regular intervals! This peaceful restaurant is set right on the lake in Minnewater Park and offers a serene atmosphere and the perfect place to kick back and relax.
This olde worlde brasserie and bistro is popular amongst locals and tourists. As such, it’s advised to make a reservation if you plan to eat at Cambrinus as it’s one of the best places to eat in Bruges. Meals are delicious and served in generous portions. The main draw for this tavern is the fact it serves a huge range of Belgian beers, with a total of more than 400 different kinds of beer to choose from!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need to tip in Bruges, Belgium?
Tipping is not compulsory in restaurants in Bruges, and many restaurants automatically add a service charge on to the bill, but if you feel like being extra generous, or you received extra great service, you can tip 10% as standard.
Should I make a reservation for restaurants in Bruges?
During our trip, we made no reservations at all. We found there were plenty of places to eat that would take walk-ins. However, if you’re determined to try out a particular restaurant that is highly recommended or very popular, such as Basserie Cambrinus, mentioned above, it’s a good idea to book to avoid disappointment.
Is food expensive in Bruges?
As with any European city, Bruges is quite expensive if you plan to eat out in restaurants every lunch and dinner. Many of the main restaurants in Bruges city centre cater for tourists, so you will pay more for the location. There are some cheaper, more budget places if you head out of the main city centre. On average, you can expect to pay €15-20 for a main meal in a reasonably-priced restaurant.
What are the best things to eat and drink in Bruges?
Belgium is famous for many things – momst notably it’s food! Make sure you try:
- Belgian chocolates – check out Oliver’s Chocolate Shop and Bar, The Chocolate Line, and The Old Chocolate House. You can also take a Belgian chocolate workshop or tour a chocolate museum!
- Liege waffles – you cannot go to Belgium without trying waffles. Whether you love them with a simple sprinkling of icing sugar, or a decadent pouring of chocolate sauce and strawberries, Belgian waffles are the best! You can also take a Belgian waffle workshop.
- Belgian beers – Belgium is famous for its beer. A trip to Bruges wouldn’t be complete without visiting a local brewery. Check out De Halve Maan brewery, take a tour of the Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery or for something a bit different, enjoy this beer tour with chocolate pairing!
- Moules Frites – traditional Mussels with fries are very typically Belgian.
Have you been to Bruges? What are your favourite places to eat in Bruges? Let us know your top recommendations for the best Bruges restaurants below.