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Business matters for expats in Belgium

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Things you wish you’d known before moving to Belgium

Using the expat community web sites is a good solution for finding the starting points for a move to Belgium.
Several scenarios exist for expat businessmen working in Belgium: expats working for themselves, working for other expats, working for Belgian companies and expats working for British companies with offices and/or operations in Belgium.

All of them have one thing in common – a wealth of information the prospective businessman can take advantage of on visas, transport, accommodation, government permissions and licenses and last but definitely not least office and industrial etiquette for workers managers, and administrative staff.

The expats on various internet sites can provide the answers you need on just about any query you have and especially on best working practises. They have ‘been there, done that and got the t-shirt’ applies. Using the expat community web sites is a good solution to finding the starting points for a move to Belgium.

Going to Belgium under your own steam? Then extensive research and contacting people in the expat networks via the internet will definitely pay off and having the right visa is essential. Going to Belgium as a tourist or holiday visit is quite different to the visa for a final permanent move.

With UK membership of the EU up for a referendum in the UK in the not too distant future knowledge of the visa system and where your nearest Belgian embassy or consulate is will help if changes occur.

If your company is sending you then they will be able to advise you and make the necessary arrangements. They should be able to organise visas, airfares, hotel, guest house, help you meet business associates and so on. Certainty about your move outcome and knowing you have the right accommodations when you first arrive is paramount.

The job may well be one that you have desired for a long time and the change an exciting one, however, ensure you go to Belgium on a visit and have a look round before you make that irrevocable permanent move for yourself and family overseas if you have not already done so.

With UK membership of the EU up for a referendum in the UK in the not too distant future knowledge of the visa system and where your nearest Belgian embassy or consulate is will help if changes occur.

Vital tips:

1) Use the expat networks to make contact with other expat businessmen in Belgium and ‘pick their brains’. Make notes and bookmark  internet sites you know you will revisit again.

2) Visa requirements is the correct place to hat up on visas. Instructions given on this site are very specific and it is advisable to read it thoroughly.

3) ‘Know before you go’ by visiting lots of different places in Belgium on a short or not so short break holiday to be sure the city or town you choose to live in is right for you with your workplace easy to reach on public transport. Bruges is an excellent city to use as a base as it has great transport facilities to the other larger cities and towns like Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels. For accommodation go here: http://goo.gl/am8o7m

Languages and the Ways of Government.

One will need to understand, whether you are English or American, is the complete absence of a nationwide cultural infrastructure. Belgium is made up of language divisions as opposed to political ones. French, Dutch, German and Flemish are spoken in specific areas and regions in Belgium and each pretty much run their own administrations.

Brussels is officially bi-lingual, (whilst other cities are not), and it also holds the administrative seat for both French and Flemish speaking communities. It is not always easy to follow through on business with the Government as a result. You must persevere and learn who deals with what where and in what language.

If you do not yet speak French, Dutch or German it’s a good idea to start learning as soon as you can. Wikipedia has a really useful map of the language divisions in Belgium, showing the major language spoken in each one.

Brussels has an advantage for the English speaking expat. English is becoming established in Brussels as the common language for all thanks to NATO, the European Union and the huge numbers of foreign students living in this city.

Internations

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Great restaurants in Flanders

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“A picture is worth a thousand words

Great restaurants in Flanders, close to Bruges.

 

Bruges

De Refter

Rock Fort

Kok au Vin

Sans Cravate

De Gouden Harynck

Assiette Blanche

Bruut

Hertog Jan

Tanuki – Oude Gentweg 1, Bruges 8000, +32 50 34 75 12

Grand Cafe Passage Dweersstraat 26, 8000 Brugge

Kortrijk

David Selen

Het Vliegend Tapijt –

Knokke

Bartholomeus – Zeedijk-Heist 267, Knokke-Heist 8301,  +32 50 51 75 76

Cuines 33 – Smedenstraat 33 | Knokke-Heist, Knokke, Knokke-Heist 8300, +32 50 60 60 69

 
Brussels

Gramm – Rue de Flandre 86, Brussels 1000,  +32 2 324 99 66

Selecto – Rue De Flandre, 95-97, Brussels, +32 2 511 40 95

La Buvette – Ch D’Alsemberg 108 – 1060 Saint Gilles  +32(0)2 534 13 03

Ghent

Roots – Vrouwebroersstraat 5, Ghent 9000, +32 9 310 67 73

GistLeopold de Waelstraat 9, Antwerp 2000, (Formerly Gigi il Bullo) +32 3 295 66 27

Le Dimanche – Markt 5, Ruiselede 8755, Belgium

Alberte –  Dendermondsesteenweg 78, Ghent 9000, +32 489 21 12 10

De Vitrine – La Chaparitta, Brabantdam 134, 9000 Gent

 
Antwerp

‘t Zilte – Hanzestedenplaats 5, Antwerp 2000, (top floor MAS museum) +32 3 283 40 40

l’Amitié – Vlaamsekaai 43, Antwerp 2000, Belgium, +32 3 257 50 05

Lam en Yin  – Reyndersstraat 17, Antwerp 2000, Belgium, +32 3 232 88 38

Dome Sur Mer – Arendstraat 1, Antwerp 2018, Belgium +32 3 281 74 33

Bredene

l’Homard Et La Moule – Duinenstraat 325, Bredene 8450, +32 59 32 02 28

Roeselare

Boury – Rumbeeksesteenweg 300, Roeselare 8800, +32 51 62 64 62

B’artiste –  Zuidstraat 50, 8800 Roeselare +32 51 251 241 eat@bartiste.be

further

Vintage

Veranda

Epicerie Du Cirque

Ossip –

Gouden Hoofd

Bart à Vin

Dôme

Flavie’s Tafel

Brasserie Latem –

Magis –

Bistro bis –

Publiek

Castor

Plat Préféré

In De Wulf

 

Top things to do during your stay in Bruges

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 Where to Eat Well in Bruges. From Breakfast to Lunch to High Tea to Diner. Where you can snack on Belgian wafflesgrab excellent coffee or …

No visit to Bruges can be complete without partaking of the delicious local cuisine, and guests at the White Rooms can enjoy some of the finest delicacies on offer from nearby tearooms and restaurants. From warm, golden Belgian waffles and biscuits, world-renowned Belgian chocolate, cheeses, meats and seafood, to one of the hundreds of different types of beer to choose from, there is something for a connoisseur of every persuasion. And after a day of culinary indulgence, enjoy a relaxing walk through the city’s winding streets or follow along the canals – or if you feel up to it, climb the 366 steps to the top of the famous medieval Belfort.

 

Top restaurants in Bruges

Parkrestaurant   (voted as N° I on tripadvisor on 565 restaurants in Bruges ….wow !!!!)

Minderbroederstraat 1; +32 497 801 872

Lieven 

Phlipstockstraat 45- Bruges (city center)

Bistro Bruut 

Meestraat 9 – Bruges (city center)

Bistro Refter

Molenmeers 2 – Bruges (city center)

Rock-Fort ♥♥

Langestraat 15 – Bruges (city center) ; closed on Saturday and Sunday

Den Heerd

Nieuwe Gentweg 76- Bruges (city center)

Sans Cravate 

Langestraat 155 – 159 -Bruges (city center)

Franco Belge 

Langestraat 109 – Bruges (city center)

Pomperlut ♥♥

Minderbroedersstraat 26 -Bruges (city center), closed on sunday and monday

De Twjfelaar

Eekhoutstraat 24-Bruges (city center), closed on monday and tuesday  (closed 8 until 19 march)

Kok-Au-Vin

Ezelstraat 21 -Bruges (city center) closed on Sunday & Monday

Hubert Gastrobar

Langestraat 155 – 159, Closed on Sunday & Monday

De Zuidkant

Jacob van Maerlantstraat 6 8340 Damme

Top  Places for Lunch in Bruges

Sanseveria

Predikherenstraat 11

Lunchboutique De Belegde Boterham ♥♥

Kleine St. Amandsstraat 5 Closed on sunday

Le Pain Quotidien

Philip Stockstraat 21

Simon Stevinplein 15 (new!)

Brasserie Raymond

Eiermarkt 5, closed on Sundays

Ellis Gourmet Burger

Simon Stevenplein 14

Floris 

Gistelsesteenweg 520

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Top 5 Breakfast in Bruges

Sanseveria, 

Predikherenstraat 11

Le Pain Quotidien

Philip Stockstraat 21

Simon Stevinplein 15 (new!)

Books&Brunch

Garenmarkt 30; Closed on saturday&sunday and school holidays

Carpe Diem (also online delivery)

Wijngaardstraat 8

Kempinski 

Prinsenhof 8

Ontbijt van Achiel 

Achiel van Ackerplein 2

‘t Eekhoetje

Eekhoutstraat 3 (next to apartment Dijver), Closed on thursday

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Afternoon high Tea or Coffee in Bruges

De Medici

Geldmuntstraat 9

Academie 

Vlamingstraat 56, closed monday and tuesday

Merveilleux

Muntpoort     8 , closed on sunday and holidays

Carpe Diem

Wijngaardstraat 8

 

Cheap eats in Bruges

Soup (voted as 14 of 565 on tripadvisor)

Hallestraat 4, Bruges 8000

Bocca

Dweerstraat 13, Bruges 8000

Sanseveria, 

Predikherenstraat 11, Bruges 8000

Taboulé

Langestraat 93, Bruges 8000 (Lebanese resto)

Cocktail and Winebars in Bruges

Groot Vlaenderen

Vlamingstraat 94 Cocktail bar

Wine Bar Est

Braambergstraat 7

Bar Salon

Langestraat 17

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Beers and pubs in Bruges

L’estaminet

Park 5 Pub

Brasserie Cambrinus 

Philipstockstraat 19

De Garre

De Garre 1

Brugs Beertje ♥♥

Kemelstraat 5

Café Rose Red

Cordoeanierstraat 16

Le Trappiste

Kuiperstraat 33

Jazz-Blues & Soul in Bruges

Comptoir des Arts

        Vlamingstraat 53

Catering in Bruges

Sud

Mallebergplaats 5 Italian

Traiteur Deldycke

Wollestraat 23 Closed on tuesday

Cuisine Tinguett

Wagnerstraat 81, 8310 Assebroek

La Dolce Maremma

Rijselstraat 40, 8200 Brugge ( St Michiels)


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Go veggie! in Bruges

 

Resto Lotus

Wapenmakersstraat 5 – Bruges

Resto Reliva

Goezeputstraat 6 -Bruges

Resto De Bottelier

Sint Jakobsstraat 63 -Bruges

Supermarket Bio Vita

Maalsesteenweg 299 –  8310 Bruges ( Sint Andries )

Origino

Katelijnestraat 142-Bruges

 

A taste of Asia in Bruges..

Chang Thong Thai

Kleine Hoefijzerstraat 3, 8000 Bruges (tripadvisor 4.5/5)

Stoepa

Oostmeers 124

Order a Taxi in Bruges

  • Taxi Snel: +32 50 34 34 69  or +32 478 35 35 35
  • Uber in Bruges is until now not available, only Brussels

Other things we are working on are experiences like bike excursions, guided tours, food and drink tastings, and various classes.

Bike tours in Bruges

Cycling through Bruges with a guide is a must-do for anyone visiting the old city. Bike tours start from the Burg Square which is next to the Market Square.

Bike tours over the cobblestones for 2.5 hours, you will admire the grandness & history of this ancient harbour city (free beer inclused)

Guided tours in Bruges

Explore one of Europe’s most vibrant medieval cities on a 7-hour day trip to Bruges from Brussels. Take a 4-hour guided walking tour on arrival. Take the train across country to discover the architecture and canals of the “Venice of the North.”

Your city guide will take you to see hidden gems known only to locals and discover why Bruges was at the forefront of western art and trade in the Middle Ages.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Airbnb short-term holiday rentals are biting hoteliers’ bums

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Is the ‘sharing economy’, spearheaded by the likes of Airbnb, shaking up the traditional hospitality industry in the same way Uber has pounced on the taxi trade?

Founded by designers Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and their tech-savvy pal, Nathan Blecharczyk in 2008, Airbnb is the online community marketplace that enables homeowners to rent out a room, or their entire home, to independent travelers and has grabbed the lion’s share of the lucrative short-term apartment rental market worldwide. Why Airbnb does short term holiday lets so well…

Have you stayed in an Airbnb holiday apartment lately?  From airbeds to castles… The blue oceanstrategy in a shared economy in a new age! Gina Baksa finds out… Airbnb’s revenue in 2013 was a staggering $250 million, and with more than 10 million nights booked to date, the hotel industry is feeling the heat. No longer an edgy upstart, Airbnb is now a force to be reckoned with. Fancy a night in a castle? Check. Your own island in Fiji? It’s yours. An aeroplane? Climb aboard. Cash rich baby boomers with influence and purchasing power are collecting these unique experiences to impress their friends, share on social networks, and add to treasured memories. Eschewing stuffy impersonal hotel rooms, travelers across all demographics are increasingly choosing to experience unique apartments, houses, boats and even tree houses on their vacations. This group has huge influence and purchasing power – and most importantly, they are social network savvy. They like to share their good – and their bad experiences. Such is Airbnb’s reach and financial muscle, it makes a booking every two minutes and the company is reportedly worth an estimated 10 billion dollars – more than all the world’s hotels groups bar the top four. Growth due – in part – to last year’s cash injection from TPG Capital and other private equity firms. Quick to adapt to current trends, online hotel booking sites such as booking.com are already featuring short-term holiday rentals alongside its hotel and flight

Certainly Airbnb brings in cash to local infrastructure – restaurants, bars, museums and retail – and it creates jobs: 200 new positions are earmarked in Dublin this year alone. But what about occupancy taxes to local authorities? Tax which hotels are forced to pay. Considering its listing base now runs into the hundreds of thousands, the fact most Airbnb users contribute no local taxes in the cities they stay in has created a significant profit margin for buyers, sellers and Airbnb bosses. And angered many hoteliers who are demanding more stringent regulation. Civic authorities in San Francisco only made Airbnb legal last year via its Airbnb Law and forced Airbnb to charge users 14% tax to bring it in line with the city’s hotel tax legislation, while New York authorities have come down heavy on multiple rentals from a single user – calling them ‘illegal hotels’ and demanding regulation and payment of taxes. And what of market share? Airbnb’s listings are doubling each year – and could well become the world’s largest ‘hotel’ group by the end of next year, beating IHG and Hilton. At the upper end – the Hiltons, Marriott and Crowne Plazas – will continue to attract their core luxury and business clients, but many corporate expense accounts are now listing Airbnb usage. Yet the top dogs remain bullish: Christopher Norton, EVP of global product and operations at the Four Seasons dismissed Airbnb with a single soundbite: “Our guests don’t want the Airbnb feel and scent… [they expect] a level of service that is different, more sophisticated, detailed, and skillful.” Some brands such as the Marriott are feeling the Airbnb wolf at their door and investing in upgrading their boutique chains – partnering with designer Ian Schrager to help attract a different clientele. At the budget end of the hotel chain, however, it’s a different story, according to a recent study from Boston University that claims Airbnb has been taking around 5% business from budget hotels in areas with successful penetration. And in a recent Economist interview, president of New York’s Apple Core Hotels, Vijay Dandapani, admitted that: “We had continued growth until Airbnb. There are some hotels here who are like ostriches and have their buried in the sand, but I am of the view that this is a full-blown threat.’’ Around 80% of listings in New York are priced at $200 per night, often less, which means that the city’s hotels are losing potentially one million room nights a year. Airbnb is now looking at long-term rentals and nibbling at the heels of serviced apartments – one category that thought it was safe from attack. The company’s hire of hotel guru Chip Conley as global head of hospitality (he founded boutique hotel group Joie de Vivre) means Airbnb is going full guns – perhaps to snare more the lucrative business and luxury market. Bruges Airbnb holiday rentals Bruges Airbnb holiday rentals In Bruges, many homeowners are letting out their rooms and apartments via Airbnb, asking up to £167 a night for a four-bedroom apartment overlooking Sint-Annerei. Others are using Airbnb guests to funnel their inspired business model of buying up old historic apartments to refurbish and rent out – an example being White Rooms Bruges, which showcases the talents of interior designer, Natalie Haegeman. And even chocolatiers Spegelaere has refurbished an apartment specifically for the Bruges short-term holiday rental market at sweetchocolatedreams.be. Has Airbnb impacted the hotel market in Bruges? Apparently not, according to one top hotelier I spoke to, who seemed almost put out that I could suggest such a thing. The city’s top hotels probably won’t notice a drop in bookings due to Airbnb, but at the lower end of the scale, tired and run-down B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels in Bruges will go out of business, unless they revamp and re-think their business models. Many solo travelers, couples, families and business people now want a more unique experience when they visit a new city; accommodation that is homely yet sophisticated. So if you’re looking for a different way to experience Bruges this year, then check out Airbnb’s holiday rentals in Bruges.

 

Gina Baksi

www.white-rooms.be

 

Picasso, Matisse etc in Liège

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The idea for this exhibition came from reading the book 21 rue La Boétie (Grasset) by Anne Sinclair, in which the author tells the story of her grandfather, Paul Rosenberg (1881-1959), one of the great art dealers of the first half of the last century.
The career of this exceptional man, a successful businessman and knowledgeable art lover, the friend and agent of Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Léger, Marie Laurencin, to name but some of the most well-known artists, serves as the guiding theme through a much wider history than his own, one in which he was both actor and victim.
An exhibition on art and civilization, with the legendary gallery of Paul Rosenberg serving as the pivot to 20th century period paintings that combines the history of art, social and political history and the history of mentalities as these unfolded in France, Europe and the United States.
In the exhibition you can see some 60 masterpieces of modern art of which the majority have never been exhibited in Belgium.

Venue: 

La Boverie  Parc de la Boverie, 4020 Liège

Rates:
Adults : 15€ Group (+20 pers.) and  seniors (65+) : 12€ kids (6-18) and students : 10€
Hours:
Tuesdays 9:30 – 18:00
Wednesday :  9:30 – 18:00
Thursday :  9:30 – 18:00
Friday :  9:30 – 18:00
Saturday :  10:00 – 18:00
Sunday :  10:00 – 18:00
Internet:
http://www.21ruelaboetie.com

Category: art, history, museum

Until 29 january 2017

What’s on in Bruges

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Some of the upcoming events in Bruges that make your visit even more worthwhile!

Les Costumés de Venise in Bruges

The Costumes of Venise is an international group of  beautifully costumed men and women bring the atmosphere of the baroque Venice to Bruges. This magic costumed parade takes place on Saturday 14 and Sunday, January 15th, 2017.

On Saturday, January 14th at 17h00, there is also an evening planned on the Dijver along the water with a small fashion show. Visitors and passers-by will be able to enjoy free of charge the beautiful spectacle!

Date:  Saturday 14 January 2017 – Sunday 15 January 2017

Location: Minnewaterpark/ Lake of Love

Christmas Market Bruges

Get into the Holiday spirit on the Christmas Market in Bruges. The mainsquare and the Simon Stevinsquare become a magical maze of booths where you can drink gin (jenever) or hot chocolate and eat pancakes and delicious snacks. In the middle of all the conviviality you can find your inner child on the ice rink with the famous Belfry on the background.

Winter Walk in Bruges

Discover the many different sights of Bruges? Visit the tourist office on ’t Zand or at the Market Square (Historium) and register for a fascinating 2-hour walk with a certified guide. Guided tours in Bruges (Dutch, French or English)

Date: 1st of November to 30th of November 2016

When: every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 4 p.m. and on Sundat at 10.30 a.m.

Venue:  the Market Square (Historium) or ’t Zand (In & Out Brugge, Tourist Information Center) )

 

Shopping Sundays in Bruges

Many shops are open on Sunday, but during Shopping Sundays almost all  shops are open.

Every first Sunday of the month, except for holidays.

 

Tourist Run Bruges – Guided tour

See some beautiful spots in Bruges with a jogging guide, things you wouldn`t see without this run.

Date: All year
Location: Start is on the Market Square (more information: In & Out Brugge, Tourist Information Center)

Photo Tour Bruges

Discover Bruges with resident travel photographer Andy McSweeney.

Photo-focused city walking tours in  medieval Bruges Belgium, as seen through the eye of resident travel & landscape photographer Andy McSweeney.

This unique tour for Photo Aficionados combines the very best of a walking city tour and a travel photography workshop, made to get you the ultimate shot at an exciting photo moment. Regardless of camera or iphone, skills or style , every tour provides usefull photo tips & custom-made advice that’ll be of use towards better photos after your stay in Bruges.

Andy chooses a route with the best available light and visual appeal, He shares sample photos along with creative and practical tips … getting you the best possible shot.

Date: Upon request
Location: Start at Burg

Bruges during The Great War

Hundred years ago the troops of the German Emperor occupied Bruges for 4 years.

A 2 hours walk through the inner town brings to mind what happened here a century ago.

Date:  until 31th December 2018
Location: Belfry, Marketplace

Bruges Beerfestival 2017

The Bruges Beer Festival will be held on 04 and 5 February, 2017 in Bruges Downtown in a new, as yet mysterious location in honor of the anniversary edition . More information
Date: 04 and 5 February, 2017
Location:  soon

Winter exhibition: Fine art meets interior design

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We’d like to invite you to our Winter Exhibition in our store in Bruges.
 
With contemporary art of Jean-Marc Louis.
 
NOCTURNE Thursday 8 december from 18h00
 
Friday 9 & 16 december
Saturday 10 & 17 december
Sunday 11 & 18 december
from 12h00 – 18h00
 
About Jean Marc Louis, painter
JM Louis was born in Abidjan on the Ivory Coast in Africa in 1959, where he lived for 25 years.
In 1984 Jean-Marc Louis moved to Brussels and since 2002 he has been living partly in Thailand where he finds inspiration for his art and partly in Brussels.
While growing up in Africa, in his early years as an artist, he founds inspiration in the local colors and tones.
His Thai experience motivated him to use raw materials and recycled products from building sites. His style is made of monochromes where each element found its perfect spot. His work evokes the traditional techniques of oriental calligraphy. His long stay in Africa immersed him into ochre and brown and these colors constitute the background of his paintings. He restores a warm atmosphere that we know from Braque or Miro.
 
“His work constitutes an absolute contribution to the history of contemporary art. We can feel a huge spirit of freedom, indispensable to the realization of an accomplished artwork. This is a work of great quality that will logically find a main place on the international art market”
Jules Saint-Aubin, Art Critique
 
About Natalie Haegeman, interior designer
Natalie founded her eponymous design company in 1998 and it has flourished under her vision, gaining international status with a diverse array of award-winning international design and architecture projects, including UNESCO homes and residential hotels.“Every home is different and offers delicious levels of comfort”
 
 
Tickets via eventbrite
 
Venue:
Katelijnestraat 136 B-8000 Brugge
 natalie@nh-interiors.be
+32 477.24.24.45
 
Parking:
Parking Katelijne (next to Ibis hotel 50m), Katelijnestraat 65, Bruges 
www.nataliehaegeman-interiors.be
www.white-rooms.be

 

 

Bruges goes classic

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Canals and cobblestones make medieval Bruges the Venice of the North. Here you can find great cuisine, nice architecture and contemporary and medieval art. The medieval splendour of Bruges makes it a popular destination for many a culture vulture as well as those just looking for a great city break in a fascinating town.

Coming months Bruges becomes even more colourfull because many shops took the challenge to do a transformation into “Classic shop”.

Visit the shops who will attend.

Leeloo (St-jakobsstraat 19, 8000 Brugge)
Meire (Geldmuntstraat 6, 8000 Brugge)
In Fine (Hoogstraat 38, 8000 Brugge)
Lingerie Anais (Langestraat 10, 8000 Brugge)
De Kobbe Tweedehands kledij (Langestraat 12, 8000 Brugge)
Shoerecrafting (Langestraat 13, 8000 Brugge)
Living Stone Shop (Langestraat 22, 8000 Brugge)
De Leeuwenbrug (Langestraat 63, 8000 Brugge)
Den Elder Collectior Shop (Langestraat 84, 8000 Brugge)
No nonsens Foodbar (Langestraat 81, 8000 Brugge)
Sue Ryder Tweedehands kedij/boeken (Langestraat 181/185, 8000 Brugge)
Original Shoes (Noordzandstraat 15, 8000 Brugge)
Shoenen Danneels (Gistelsesteenweg 12, 8200 Brugge)
Boekhandel De Reyghere bvba (Markt 12, 8000 Brugge)
IB Lichtateljee (Torhoutse Steenweg 45, 8200 Brugge)
Diamanthuis (Katelijnestraat 43, 8000 Brugge)
De Schacht (Katelijnestraat 49, 8000 Brugge)

Biennale Kortrijk 13-24 october: the must-see design event near Bruges

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From 14 octob the leading biennial design event with a unique hybrid mix of commerce and culture takes places in Kortrijk.

The must-see design event since 68 with a hybrid mix of commerce and culture.

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25th Silver Edition
14-23 October 2016
Kortrijk, Belgium


A festive 25th edition programme

40.000 m2 of contemporary design in the halls of Kortrijk Xpo

Programme

Opening hours


Kortrijk Xpo Doorniksesteenweg 216, 8500 Kortrijk 

Professional day

14 October 2016
Open from 10 am – 9 pm

Public days

15 – 23 October 2016
Open daily from 10 am – 6 pm

Kortrijk City : New City Hub in and around the Texture museum Noordstraat 28, 8500 Kortrijk
Open daily from 12 am – 9 pm

The city is within easy reach of mayor European capitals: Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and London.

 

Venue

The exhibition Biennale 2016 Interieur takes place in the exhibition halls of Kortrijk Xpo but also around the Texture Museum in the city Kortrijk

 

Where to stay for the night?

Why not combine Bruges and Kortrijk and take the best of two worlds.

Make a reservation

Travel info

Kortrijk, once a well know textile city is a 35 minutes drive from Bruges or easy accesible via train (+ free shuttle)

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The Courtray Biennale Interieur (Design Biënnale Interieur Kortrijk) is a major international design exhibition that takes place once every two years  in the Belgian city of Courtray (Kortrijk in Dutch). The first Biennale took place in 1968. The Biennale is organised by the Biennale Interieur npo. During the fair, producers and designers present their innovating interior products to a broad cultural, commercial and professional audience

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From luxury apartments to designer guesthouses in Bruges

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If you’re looking for where to stay in Bruges on your vacation or business trip, we’d like to suggest something different.

We’d like to offer you a bespoke experience, full of the very best that Bruges has to offer. We’d like you to be able to live on your own schedule, rather than the timetable of someone else, and we’d like you to feel at home right away (albeit a luxury version of home). Our White Rooms guesthouse apartments are ideally suited to the international traveller, whatever your reason for joining us in our beautiful city.

Our luxury self contained apartments allow you to live like a local, putting you in the center of Bruges, and within easy reach of everything from UNESCO heritage sites to conference facilities.

Bruges is ideally situated as a base from which to explore Europe. Trains from Brussels whisk travellers to London, Amsterdam and Paris, all in under two hours. With three trains an hour doing the 50 minute train journey between Bruges and Brussels, it’s a great opportunity to absorb some medieval history on your European adventure.

We can cater for a weekend city break, or a longer let of up to five months. All costs include utility and internet costs – something that can result in a 50% saving compared to a stay in a hotel in Bruges.

Where to stay in Bruges has never been clearer.

Here you’ll find a range of our favourite self-catered accommodations and serviced apartments:

Apartment Dijver (2 bedroom) – this is luxury loft living, Bruges style. It’s located only a few steps from Groenerei canal, which is lined with several 17th century houses.

Apartment Groeninghe (2 bedroom) – artfully combining contemporary and antique furnishings, the enormous open fireplace is the star attraction.

Apartment Odevaere (1 bedroom) – a building boasting a façade from 1800, and within 300 meters of Bruges’ famous market square.

Loft Katelijne (2 bedroom) – our newest conversion, guests love its proximity to all the best sites, and its superb styling.

Imagine being within reach of…

  • Basilica of the Holy Blood (200 m)
  • Belfry of Bruges (Belfort) and Market Halls (Hallen) (200 m)
  • Market Square(300 m)
  • Beguinage  (Begijnhof) (600 m)
  • Minnewater  Lake (800 m)
  • Town Hall (Stadhuis)
  • Engels Klooster (1 km)
  • Sint-Janshuismolen (1.2 km)
  • Bruges Concert Hall  (700m)
  • Bruges City Theatre  (500 m)
  • Groeningemuseum (200 m)
  • Arentshuis (200 m)
  • Gruuthuse Museum(200 m)
  • Dali Xpo Gallery (200 m)
  • Historium Bruges(200 m)
  • St John’s Hospital  with Memling (400 m)
  • Lumina Domestica (400 m)

From luxury apartments to designer guesthouses, there are plenty of self-catering options in Bruges or Ghent.

Choosing to stay in a Self-catered accommodation may be a great option if you are traveling in a group, since a single flat can host 3 to 4 people at a lower price than 3 to 4 hotel rooms. Self-catering options in Bruges usually includes a private kitchen  where you can make your own meals and  Self-catering is a good option for those on a budget.

Holiday apartments in Bruges or Ghent can be found for one  week or several weeks or months. Whether you are looking for short stay apartments, extended stay apartments or long stay apartments, you are sure to find something that fits your needs.

From cheap apartments  to luxury serviced apartments in Bruges.

 

This is a list of Airbnb style apartments in Bruges

In Bruges …Private room1589
2Bruges CenterEntire Place2468
3Brugge’s House of FriendsPrivate room1391
4Bruges center, room with en suite private bathroomPrivate room1369
5Brugge center, room with en suite private bathroomPrivate room1346
6Lovely house of the lock,Private room1338
7Bruges city center apartmentEntire Place2278
8Room in authentic step-gabled housePrivate room1272
9Jacuzzi Room@ULYSSES next to BRUGESPrivate room1269
1018th century Flemish townhousePrivate room1256
11Guesthouse Freren Fontein (1st fl.)Entire Place2251
12B&B De Vijf ZuilenPrivate room1246
13Cosy room for short term visitPrivate room1245
14City center stay Bruges AmpersandEntire Place2238
15Bamboo room + 2 bicycles : +200 positive reviewsPrivate room1238
16Penthouse with a viewPrivate room1232
17Maison ZenEntire Place1230

 

18Lovely house in the centerEntire Place1230
19Full-equiped apt in heart of BrugesEntire Place1228
20Lucia: Italian hospitality abroadPrivate room1225
21Cozy room in beautiful BrugesPrivate room1224
22sleeping in brugesEntire Place2222
23Guesthouse Freren Fontein (2nd fl.)Entire Place2221
24Medieval house in center of BrugesEntire Place2221
25GROENE REI SUITE VIEW ON CANALEntire Place1215
26Prive room for friends with a viewPrivate room1211
27Golden hand, charming canal viewEntire Place2210
28A small room in BrugesPrivate room1209
29In Bruges B&BPrivate room1205
30Guesthouse along the canals!Entire Place2202
31Apartment Bruno in centre of BrugesEntire Place2198
32Cozy two floor flat near city parkPrivate room1187
33B&B waiting for perrault (room 1)Private room1179
34Your Breakfast is Our Passion!Private room1177
35Large Room @ULYSSES next to BrugesPrivate room1177
36a house full of art and booksPrivate room1174
37Luxurious mansion, historic BrugesPrivate room1172
38Charming B&B in BrugesPrivate room1171
39Expect the unexpected !Private room1169
40Charming&Romantic guest-house & room for 4 personsEntire Place2163
41Large room in the heart of BrugesPrivate room1161
42Romantic studio in the city center!Entire Place1160
43Welcome Bruges International RoomPrivate room1154
44Spacious room near center of BrugesPrivate room1151
45Charming, practical Holiday HouseEntire Place2149
46A basic room in BrugesPrivate room1148
4716th Century HouseEntire Place2147
48Top floor studioEntire Place2140
49Ons huis in hartje Brugge – NEW !!!Entire Place4140
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