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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.

https://www.visitbruges.be/museumsplacesofinterestattractions


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find and Book Your Parking in Bruges

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Don’t waste time looking for a parking space in Bruges. Find and Book Your Parking in Bruges and Save up to 70%. Bruges has a compact historic inner city and street parking above ground is limited to a maximum of 4 hours in the Blue Zone and to 2 hours in the Pay&Display Zones.  You can easily park your car in one of the underground car parks but parking fees apply every day, also on Sundays and public holidays. The Old Town Market Square is a five minute walk away from every public parking.

The cheapest parking in Bruges is next to the railway station: you pay € 3.50 a day, bus transfer (De Lijn) to and from the city centre for 4 passengers included. This bus connects the railway station and the centre every five minutes.

The Park and Ride areas are situated right outside of the city centre. Here you can park your car for free and for longer duration. The city centre is a stone’s throw away on foot or by bus.

Public Parking in Bruges

  1. Parking Katelijne: Katelijnestraat 10, close to the Church of Our Lady (the highest brick building in Europe), the Groeninghe Museum and the Dijver
  2. Parking ‘t Pandreitje: Gevangenisstraat 10; located at the Queen Astrid park; map
  3. Parking Biekorf: Naaldensraat 8; located underneath the De Biekorf municipal library; the most centrally located car park in the city: 50m from the Marketplace. map
  4. Parking Centrum ‘t Zand: ‘t Zand; located under the Concert Hall and a big square “het Zand” which hosts the weekly Saturday market as well as many major events and happenings; 5 minutes from Market
  5. Parking Centrum-Station: Buiten Begijnenvest:  This car park is located next to the station, easy hub to public transport: all buses (De Lijn) stop there. 7-minutes walk takes you to the city centre. map
  6. Parking Zilverpand: Via Zilverstraat en Dweersstraat
  7. Parking Langestraat: Langestraat; also five minutes’ walk from the Market Square. map

 

Parking rates: € 1.40/hour, 24H is € 8.70. Special rates for evening or overnight parking.

 

Map with all public parkings in Bruges

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Find a car parking in Bruges

On-street parking Bruges

Chargeable parking applies in the Bruges city centre 7/7 :
• Monday-Sunday 09.00-12.00/22.00 hours*.
• max parking duration : 2 hours
• parking rates : 1st hour € 1.80, 2nd hour: € 2.40.

Cheap Parking in Bruges

Cheap parking is possible on the parking lot of the railway station of Bruges. The parking fee is € 0.70/hour, daily maximum € 3.50. The city centre is on walking distance or free public transport with bus  is available a couple times per hour. This is the biggest and cheapest public parking in Bruges.

Take a note or a picture where you leave your car. This is a huge place and each parking row has sign in letter and numbers.

Walking to the center is less than 15 min, you can take the bus for free by showing your parking ticket (free ride for all car passengers). The bus is right outside; look for sign “CENTRUM” ; Bus stops at the “Grote Markt” big market. Coming back to the station see the bus sign “STATION” do the same by showing your parking ticket you will have a free bus ride

Open 24 /7 with capacity of 1,500 cars. An hourly rate: 0, 70 euros and daily rate: 3.5 euros

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.

 

Pharmacies in Bruges

  • Pharmacy on call: +32 900-10.500
  • Pharma Brugge, Katelijnestraat 50, 8000 Brugge
  • Multi Pharma, Park 7 (in front of the Koningin Astridpark) 8000 Brugge

 

Supermarkets in Bruges

Delhaize

(Proxy) Noordzandstraat 4, Closed on Sunday & holidays

Louis Delhaize

Oude Burg 22, Closed on Sunday & holidays

Carrefour Express

Vlamingstraat 2 (in front of the Belfry)

Katelijnestraat 76 Open 7/7

Zuidzandstraat 5B

Langerei 17

Smedenstraat 6

Frequently Asked Questions About Bruges

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We’ve collected some of the most common questions about Bruges (FAQ).

Bruges or Brugge?

Brugge is the Dutch version of Bruges, the two terms are interchangable. It’s also referred to as the Venice of the North, thanks to its numerous canals. You can read more about that here.

Does Bruges have an airport?

No, the nearest airport is in Oostend or Brussels. Here’s a map.

How do I get from Brussels to Bruges?

It takes 1 hour 15 minutes hours by car, or just over an hour by train.

Does the Eurostar go to Bruges?

Not directly, but if you buy a Eurostar ticket your travel onwards from Brussels to Bruges is included. It’s just one train, from the same station as you arrive in on the Eurostar.

What language is spoken?

In Bruges there are a mixture of languages spoken – Flemish (a Belgian version of Dutch), Dutch, German and, to a lesser extent, French are all considered native. English is spoken by almost everyone in Bruges as a second language however.

What public transport is available?

When you are in Bruges, it is best to avoid driving as the busy, labyrinthine medieval streets of the city centre can be a nightmare. There are buses that you can use to get around, which are specifically designed to fit through the narrow streets.

The historic centre is not very big, so it is possible to walk between most locations. There are also numerous places to hire a bike, and cycling is easy within Bruges.

Are taxis available?

There are taxi services available within the city, although they will be more expensive than using the buses available.

Is Uber or Lyft available in Bruges?

No, not yet! Uber is only in Brussels or Liege

What currency is used?

 Belgium uses the Euro.

How far is the train station from the centre of town?

You can walk from the station to Markt Square in 20 minutes. Our apartments can be reached in less than that.

What is the local speciality?

Food and drink! Beer, chocolate and moules frites (mussels with french fries), specifically. Check out our Restaurant Recommendations to learn more.

 

Local tips

  • It’s fun to get lost in Bruges while you wander through the lovely historic streets. Remember you can always use the bell tower in the city centre to help re-orient yourself.
  • Bring good walking shoes, the best way to explore the city is on foot. Don’t wear heels, they will make it way too difficult to walk down the quaint cobbled streets.
  • If you want to use Bruges as a base for exploring other destinations in Belgium, you can use the Belgian Railways Railcard. It costs around 85 Euros and it is good for 10 single journeys between any two Belgium stations.
  • You can purchase the Bruges Card, which offers you discounts to most of the major attractions and can be picked up at any of the hotels or hostels around the city.
  • Also, if you are planning on visiting more than two of the museums it might be worth buying a combined Musea Brugge ticket.
  • If you visit during June, July and August watch out for the mosquitos around the canals. They are especially active at dusk.
  • Remember that all the museums in Bruges are closed on Mondays!
  • Some cafes and restaurants (particularly in the more touristy areas) insist on a minimum card payment of 25 euros. Cash machines are available, but they’re not plentiful.

Tourism in Bruges

8.75 million people visited Bruges in 2015 and studies expect it to be 13.5 million in 2030.

Two million nights are spend in Bruges. This brings a revenue of 441 million euro and creates jobs for 6000 people.

Brussels-Bruges is the most popular combination via bus or car but also Amsterdam-Bruges becomes more and more important.

A lot of British tourists combine Bruges with Ypres to visit the World war heritage sites.

During high season days Bruges attracts 45.000 people per day.

19.000 people live in the inner city of Bruges,  while Bruges has a population of 117.000 inhabitants.

 

How to Get From Brussels to Bruges or Ghent

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Looking to travel to Bruges, Antwerp, Brussels or Ghent to Brussels via Rail, Bus and Air.

By Car:

If you come by car coming from Ghent or Brussels or Antwerp, the E40 will bring you to Bruges straight away. (exit Oostkamp) and follow 8 km to the centre of Bruges, where you can enter the centre of town via Katelijnestraat .(ap Katelijne). Nearest underground parking site is Katelijneparking.

For apartment Dijver turn right at the Church of our Lady and drive via Dijver over de small bridge and take the first road at the right – Eekhoutstraat  (ap Dijver)  Nearest underground parking site is Pandreitje (click for street view), which is the nearest to the venue.
In case ‘Pandreitje’ is full, there is another car park: continue straight on ‘Predikherenstraat’ (so don’t turn right into Frèren Fonteinstraat), cross the ‘canal’ andturn immediately right (alongside the canal) into Predikerenrei (Click for street view). This is Centrum Parking Langestraat.

nb: Please do not take motorway exit 10 (Bruges-Sint-Michiels), as major road works start on 1 March and access to the centre via the tunnel under the station (Boeveriepoort) or Smedenpoort will not be possible.
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By Train:

The Eurostar connects London with ‘Brussels South’. The trip takes 2hrs and 45min.
Trains from ‘Brussels South/Brussel-Zuid’ to Bruges (the train with final destination Ostend) leave every 5 minutes past and 26 minutes past the hour.

The Thalys connects Brussels with Amsterdam, Paris and Cologne. Trains leave and arrive at ‘Brussels South’ ( Brussel-Zuid/Gare du Midi).

Here you can find the timetables of the trains from European cities to Bruges on the ‘railway-website’ of Belgium. eg  Getting from Brussels airport to Bruges? How would you get from Brussels airport to Bruges market square or city centre, without a car?

The national airport of Belgium lies just outside of Brussels. Its railway station is located under the airport.

First take the train to Brussels ‘Zuid / Midi’ station and take the train in the direction of Brugge, De Panne, Knokke or Oostende. The first stop is Ghent, the second is Bruges.

– 3 trains per hour / about 85 minutes / € 13.50

– First train at 05:36, last train at 23:52 (on Sat and Sun at 05:33 and 23:52).

 

You can take a taxi from the trainstation towards the guesthouse. The cost of the taxi will be ∼ €10 .
A taxi from the guesthouse towards Brussels airport will cost ∼ €175 (one way).

By plane

International Brussels Airport (Zaventem)

Brussels Airport is about 1h30 mins away from Bruges by train. A taxi to come and pick you up at the airport would cost about €175 (one way).

 

Brussels South Charleroi Airport of Charleroi

Brussels South Charleroi Airport receives many low-cost flights daily from various cities  across Europe. A bus company Flibco : travel from bruges to brussels  will be laying on a direct shuttle bus to and from the station of Bruges with a frequency of 9 trips a day (round). Using this service, you will travel more comfortably, it’s cheaper and often also faster than other transport alternatives (train and/or bus). Booking online is cheaper.

Travel by Train from Charleroi-Sud (South) to Brugge (Bruges) in 2h.  Get train times and buy train tickets for Charleroi-Sud (South) to Brugge (Bruges).

https://www.trainline.eu/trains/charleroi-sud/brugge

 

International Airport of Ostend

There are also less regular flights towards the International Airport of Ostend-Bruges. A taxi to pick you up at the airport will cost approximately  €75 (one way).

How to get from Ostend Airport to Ostend and Bruges?

Public transport – Bus and train (Ostend and Bruges)
Good public transport connections enable travellers to travel easily between Ostend Bruges Airport and the two cities in West Flanders. Bus line 6 runs between Oostende railway station and the bus stop Raversijde Luchthaven directly in front of the airport building. Travel time by bus from Ostend Bruges Airport to the train station of Ostend is 17 minutes. It is no problem if you miss the bus, because bus line 6 runs every 10 minutes. On Sundays and holidays bus line 6 departs every 20 minutes. The price of a ticket for a single ride is € 3.00. At Oostende railway station you can take the train to Brugge railway station, a journey by train takes 15 minutes. The price of a train ticket to Bruges is € 4.10 for adults and € 2.50 for children. Please consult timetable bus line 6 and website Belgian Railways for more information.

How much is the taxi fare to and from Ostend and Bruges?

A taxi to Ostend costs € 10 to € 15. A taxi journey to Bruges takes longer and is therefore more expensive, the price is about € 70. Make a taxi reservation Ostend Bruges Airport through YATTAXI, an online booking platform for reliable and reasonable priced airport transfers.

All info about Bruges to Brussels via Rail, Bus or Air.

How to Get From Brussels to Bruges or Ghent

How to Get From Amsterdam to Bruges or Ghent

Popular destinations from Bruges

Bruges to Paris

Bruges to Amsterdam

Bruges to London

Bruges to Berlin

Bruges to Luxembourg

Bruges to Venice

Bruges to Nice

Bruges to Munich

Bruges to Cologne

Bruges to Zurich

Bruges to Edinburgh

Bruges to Brussels

Bruges to Milan

Bruges to Geneva

 

 

Looking to travel to Bruges, Antwerp, Brussels or Ghent to Brussels via Rail, Bus and Air. Times and tickets for travelling.

 

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