For Chris' 30th I treated him to a long weekend away. I spent a while deliberating which European city to invest in, I wanted somewhere picturesque, but not too full on, we both needed a break, so a laid back vibe was a must.
I settled on Bruges firstly because lots of friends and family have raved about it, and secondly it does tick all of the boxes when it comes to Chris' favourite things, and it was his birthday present after all.
Beer - check.
Chocolate - check.
This post will be pretty picture heavy,
Now let me start by saying that Bruges is not a big city, but what it does have is beautiful. If you're thinking about going then I'd say a long weekend is plenty of time to explore. We arrived on the Friday evening (around 6pm) and left at lunchtime on the Monday morning; our days were busy, but it was ample amount of time.
Just aimlessly walking around was a joy in itself. Finding hidden cobbled streets, cosy corner pubs, and delicious chocolate shops was all part of the fun! Even on the Monday we had a quick walk around before we left and found a new canal bridge we hadn't explored yet, and I'm so glad we didn't miss it!
My top ten things to see and do in Bruges:
- Go up the Belfry Tower and see the incredible view of Bruges
- Tour the local brewery and have a pint of Zot
- Have a hot chocolate at The Gingerbread Tearoom
- Take a canal tour and experience the city by boat - and say hi to the most famous dog in Bruges!
- Roam the market stalls
- Visit T'Brugs Beertje and work your way through over 100 beers
- Eat some freshly cooked frites, with your choice of sauce. I can recommend the andalouse, although I'm still not quite sure what it is
- Drool over all of the delicious chocolate shops, and take full advantage of the free tasters
- Stroll down the canal at night, it's so beautifully lit up
- Walk! Just take in and admire this incredible place, and explore every street you find
They say pictures speak a thousand words, so I'll let you see for yourself.
The most photographed spot in Bruges (apparently..)
Cute little pup that sleeps overlooking the canal
Waffles and hot chocolate at The Gingerbread Tearoom
View from the top of the Belfry
Touring the brewery
Traditional flemish stew and frites
The local brew
Delicious chocolate pick n mix
Viewing the city by boat
Incredible chocolate art
It's so pretty!
The Belfry at night
Have you visted Bruges - what did you think? Where has been your favourite city break? I want to start planning the next one!