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7 Best Places to Eat in Bruges, Belgium

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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.

Beautiful historic buildings and church tower reflecting on canal at Rozenhoedkaai in Bruges, Belgium

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!

If you’re planning a trip to Bruges, don’t miss our Bruges travel guide.

Female traveller in mid-twenties overlooking canal in Bruges surrounded by beautiful historic buildings

Best Places to Eat in Bruges

TapasBar Est

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.

Two women drinking beers outside Tapasbar Est, one of the best restaurants in Bruges, Belgium

Café Vlissinghe

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.

Check out reviews and pictures of Cafe Vlissinghe

Gruuthuse Hof, one of the best Bruges restaurants, on a beautiful cobblestone street

Detavernier Bakery and Tearooms

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!

Belgian Waffles topped with banana and chocolate sauce in Bruges

Venice Corn

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!

Venice Corn, a small cafe in Bruges Belgium, with bicycle parked outside
Belgian waffles topped with banana and chocolate sauce in Bruges, Belgium

The Old Chocolate House

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!

Young female traveller in mid-twenties sitting in Bruges restaurant drinking glass of red wine

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.

Trees reflecting on lake at Minnewater Park in Bruges with Restaurant Kasteel Minnewater on right-hand side

Brasserie Cambrinus

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!

Beautiful historic building and trees reflecting on Bruges canal at night as people walk down street

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:

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.

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21 Comments

  1. Bruges was an absolutely lovely destination. My husband and I spent a day wandering the streets, marveling at the amazing architecture and trying beignets.

  2. We have not yet made it to Belgium. But I can see that we will eat well when we finally explore Bruges. We love the idea of tapas bars. And my chocoholic hubby would not pass on the Chocolate House. If I can pull him away from the great Belgian Beers!

  3. Love your photos! And all the suggestions for eating in Bruges. We were so focused on chocolate and waffles that I think we missed most of these places.

  4. I haven’t had a chance to visit Brugge’s but it has been on my travel list for a while. The chocolate and waffles look amazing. I’d like to visit the out of the way Restaurant Kasteel Minnewater after a day exploring town.

  5. I’m visiting Bruges in March and I can’t be happier after discovering your blog post. I’ll definitely visit most of these places in my trip and will let you know if our experiences matched 🙂

  6. I was born in Brugge and have been spending the majority of my life in my birth town, it seems to me that all of the ventures in this post are very close to each other 😉

    You realy want to know Brugge, you should have reached out to a local and asked them where they enjoy dinner. You would have been amazed that just over the water in the suburbs what quality of food restaurants are giving, and best of all, away from the hassle and dazle of the overcrowded places.

    Just a thought, greetings from Siem Reap – Cambodia
    Pascal

  7. Mmm. The waffles sound heavenly. I’m visiting Gouda this month and they’ve pencilled me in for a syrup waffle-making workshop. Needless to say, I can’t wait! 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing! Heading to Bruge this weekend and will try a few of your recommendations!

  9. Mmmm chocolate and wine…my 2 favorite things! Great recommendations, I found the best spots are found by accident 🙂 pinning these images!!

  10. I had such a hard time finding vegetarian food in Bruges but got by on french fries, waffles, and beer! What else does one need, really?

  11. I even always fancied a weekend of eating and drinking in Bruges. You have confirmed it for me! The waffles looks incredible, and what a beautiful city to wander around between regular food and drink stops. Just stunning.

  12. Your photos are simply stunning. Seems like you know what you are talking about in terms of Belgian food! Pinning for later!

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