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BRAFA Art Fair

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One of the oldest and most highly acclaimed art fairs in the world, the Brussels Art Fair (BRAFA) will open its doors to the public on Friday, January 26th 2018 for ten days.

Since its establishment in 1956, BRAFA’s reputation and remit have grown dramatically. Originally held in the Arlequin Hall of the Galerie Louiza and thereafter the Palais des Beaux-Arts, the fair now exhibits at the prodigious Tour & Taxis, a former train station and icon of 19th-century Belgian industrial architecture. The larger exhibition space has allowed the fair to expand its number of participants dramatically from what was initially twenty Belgian antique dealers to what is now one hundred and thirty exhibitors from both Belgium and abroad.

The first Brussels Art Fair was an antiques fair, but it has since substantially expanded its range of works for sale. The pieces of art and objects showcased now at BRAFA span a staggering five thousand years of history. The artworks range from antiques to furniture, art from the Middle Ages to contemporary art and design, and from comic strips to porcelain to pique the interests of over sixty-thousand collectors and visitors from all over the world. The fair’s rigorous selection process ensures the art displayed is some of the best in the world, and as it is the first major global art exhibition of the year, BRAFA is commonly regarded by experts as a critical barometer of the art market. The fair’s international standing and importance within the wider art fair framework was profoundly underlined in 2009 when it was placed under the High Protection of Her Majesty Queen Paola.

The eclectic range of works on display at BRAFA coincides with the rich cultural history of Brussels itself within the wider European narrative. The early history of Brussels has traces spanning back to the Stone age and following this the region was under Roman occupation, the Frankish Empire and flourished during the Middle Ages when it became a commercial hub. It played a pivotal role in Early European history during the Early and Late modern periods, becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1830. During the 20th century the city underwent extensive modernisation, achieving international appreciation for its Art Nouveau, Art Deco and industrial architecture, which sits in stark contrast to Bruges’ medieval architecture. An international nucleus, Brussels serves as de facto capital of the European Union, and in 2000, the city was named as a European Capital of Culture.

Whether you want to buy a remarkable work of art to impress Bob and Debra down the road, have a New Year’s resolution to improve your chat at dinner parties, or just wish to travel through the ages on a visual culture journey while on holiday in Belgium, BRAFA is a phenomenal opportunity to tickle the visual senses.

Winter is coming in Bruges

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With the holiday season on our doorstep, the city of Bruges is gearing up for the winter season. Wintry events are popping up everywhere, adding to the already cozy atmosphere. Thanks to thousands of lights, pine scent, hot waffles and glühwein, the intimate city centre is that little bit more extra magical.

First and foremost of to-do’s in the city is the christmas market. In the beautiful inner city of Bruges, two christmas market take place. The illuminated ice skating rink on the Markt is a top recommendation. The ice rink is a kid’s favourite and while the christmas market itself is not that big, it’s very atmospheric. The Burg sports a huge christmas tree and on Simon Stevinsquare you can go christmas shopping to your heart’s content. The stalls and boots offer a lot of christmas decorations but you can easily pick up a new wintery outfit as well to brave the season’s cold. Feeling a little chilly regardless? Take a sip of the delicious glühwein on offer, or munch on a scalding hot waffle to get your blood flowing again.

Has the glühwein made you a little sleepy? Maybe a ride on the tallest ferris wheel in Europe (60 meter or 196 feet high) will wake you up. The ferris wheel is bound to offer a fantastic view of the city. Being up that high will almost certainly give you ideas of where to go next but we will tell you some of our favourites anyway.

On the Stationsquare, our yearly Icesculpting Festival is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. Artists from across the globe create a fairytale world of ice starring your most beloved Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars figures. About twentyfive truckloads of crystal clear ice are dumped under the roof of a gigantic fridge where the temperature is a constant -6°C. We recommend stopping by the christmas market first to pick up some warm clothes. The gigantic 2 to 6 meters sculptures are sure to awe and inspire you.

In the event that none of these tickle your curiosity, you can always visit the historic Old Saint John’s Hospital. “Winter Moments With Flowers” takes place in the magnificent décor of the hospital by the idyllic Reien at the heart of our medieval town. International artists scatter winter flowers throughout the hospital in the theme of “Christmas around the World”. Inspired by the ingenious books by Jules Verne, the artists attempt to enchant visitors with an inspiring array of flowers.

No matter where you go in Bruges during the winter season, you’re likely to sniff up some of the holiday cheer. It’s a fantastic way of seeing the city at its best, to relax and to brighten up your winter blues.

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300 Years of Fine Art in Bruges

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This year, the Bruges Academy for the Fine Arts celebrates its 300th anniversary of founding. Established in 1717, the Bruges Academy may count itself as one of the oldest art institutions in the Lowlands. To celebrate this occasion, the Groeningemuseum has organized an exhibition of paintings from its collection by the most important local Bruges artists from the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th century. For a solid three hundred years, children, adolescents and adults have been tutored by experienced teachers and artists, and so contributed to the artistic culture of Bruges.

The Bruges Academy also played an important cultural-historical role in Europe. When the city government of Rijsel wanted to found their own academy, they came to Bruges for inspiration. In 1761, the Bruges Academy for the Fine Arts was named “the very best” (alongside an institution in Antwerp) by the General Governor de Cobenzl of the Austrian Lowlands.

Today the Academy serves as an art school for young and old alike . During the celebrations, they will base themselves on the history of the Academy to look at the present and future of the school. This month (November) the Academy will be organizing great, themed expositions in the Stadshallen and the Poortersloge.

The exhibition in the Groeningemuseum will feature works from the golden age of the Bruges Academy. The Academy trained a number of painters who later finished their education abroad. One of those painters named Jean-François Legillon was even appointed as a member of the prestigious ‘Académie Royale’ in Paris. Some of his paintings will be on display among the works of Matthias de Visch, Jan Anton Garemijn, Gerard de San, Jean-Bernard Duvivier, Albert Gregorius, Joseph-Denis Odevaere and François-Joseph Kinsoen.

At the Stadshallen, six themes will be featured on the exhibition presented by the Bruges Academy. All of these themes are contemporary but also offer a window in to history. One of these themes is “freedom”. Starting from November 8th, artist are allowed to draw, paint and sell their works. The Bruges Academy was the only democratic  Academy. Anyone with talent was allowed to enter, no matter your status or rank.

“Networking” is another theme because in the world of today, who can live without it? In 1771, Joseph-Benoît Suvée won the Prix de Rome, which was pretty much the UEFA championship for painters back in the day. He enabled dozens of Belgian painters to advance their careers in Paris and Rome.

If you erased all of the buildings where architect Louise Delacenserie had a hand in, not a whole lot of downtown Bruges would remain. “Public Landscape” is a theme chosen by the school because Louise Delacenserie was an alumni and principal of the Academy. The other themes that surface in the Stadshallen exhibition are “Arts & Crafts”, “Feminism and Emancipation” and “Individualism”.

We could go a little more in depth on all of  these wonderful events, but I advise you to explore them for yourselves. After all, beauty (or art for that matter) is in the eye of the beholder.

 

A day’s walk around Ghent

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Bruges offers visitors myriad attractions for a full two-day visit, but if you’re staying longer than a weekend, then consider a day trip to Ypres, Ghent, Brussels, Flanders Field or Ostend. All are within easy reach of Bruges – by road or rail – and make a worthwhile add-on to your Belgium experience. In the first in a series of day trips tips from Bruges, Gina Baksa takes a stroll around the historic city of Ghent

Only 20 minutes from Bruges by train – a tad longer by car – Ghent has with an edgier, funkier feel than its more sedate neighbour, especially after dark when the cafés and bars come alive. There’s a thriving music scene – jazz especially – and the nightlife is eclectic and vibrant, thanks in part to the large student population. Ghentians love their food.  From budget eats to Michelin-starred restaurants, the East Flanders capital is a smorgasbord of culture, design and history – and offers abundant gustatory pleasures for the discerning gourmand.

Divided into two distinct areas: the museums are mainly situated in the Arts Quarter, while the historic district – with its pedestrianised streets – offers visitors a cultural feast of medieval towers, fortress and of course the near-mythical Adoration of the Mystic Lamb altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers.

A day’s walk around Ghent

The route I took is around 1.5 miles, but with a stop for coffee, lunch, museums and sights along the way, you can easily spend a day exploring.

From Gent-Sint-Pieters station – collect a street map inside – jump on the number 1 tram – the stop is under the bridge on the left as you exit the station – and alight at Korenmarkt stop, just 15 minutes away. Make your way to St Nicholas Church (stniklaas.com) ahead of you – a restored 13th-century Gothic masterpiece with its Baroque altar, then head east to Sint-Baafsplein and the 300ft Belfry (visitgent.be). For some major bell-ringing action, time your climb just before noon. Unlike the belfry in Bruges, bell tower has a lift if you’d rather save your energy for lunch!

Passing the Cloth Hall (Lakenhealle) next to the Belfry you can’t miss St Bavo’s Cathedral rising majestically in front of you on the eastern side of Sint-Baafsplein.

The interior of this Gothic masterpiece boasts memorable treasures, including the van Eyck brothers’ Mystic Lamb altarpiece. This 20-panelled painting is famous for its mélange of mystical and natural themes and is displayed in the former baptismal chapel.

Leaving St Bavo’s take Biezekapel on your right, continuing over Hoogpoort and walk down Zandberg. A great lunch choice here is De Warempel (de.warempel.be)

Popular with locals, this vegetarian hotspot has inventive and tasty dishes that will satisfy even the hardened carnivore. If it’s too early for lunch then head round to St James’s Church (Sint Jacobskerk) to Vrijdagmarkt. The square is bordered by mansions and guildhouses, and there’s been a market here since the 13th century. My advice would be to head straight for Dulle Griet pub (dullegriet.be), which serves the largest selection of Belgian beer in Ghent. Order the immense 1.2-litre long glass of house beer and they will take your right shoe as a deposit and winch it up to the ceiling.

Assuming you haven’t overdone the amber nectar, make your way out of Vrijdagmarkt via Groot Kanon-plein and head over the bridge. You’re now in Patershol – the former red-light district – now home to trendy boutiques, bars and restaurants. Explore the streets behind Kraanlei quayside, bordered by 17th-century houses once occupied by tanners and weavers.

Continuing south down Kraanlei you’ll arrive at no 65 – the Folkore Museum (huisvanalijn.be) – a former hospice for children that shows what daily life was like in the city during the 19th century with an emphasis on craft and trade.

On leaving the museum continue to the end of Kraanlei and make a right onto Sint Veerleplein and a visit to the impressive Castle of the Counts (visitgent.be) with its fine buttresses (love that word), collection of Medieval torture instruments and a great view from the battlements.

On leaving the castle walk down Burgstraat across the river, then left down Korenlei to the Design Museum (designmuseum.gent.be). Once a family mansion, pieces on view include an impressive Art Noveau collection and 17th and 18th century furniture.
A post-design pit stop at the Brooderie bakery café (brooderie.be) opposite will touch the spot for a late lunch. If you can’t get a table (it’s tiny) head for Reserva just along the street for coffee and snacks.

Once replete head out along Kornlei – this part of the river is known as Tussen Brugen (between the bridges) and was Ghent’s commercial centre during the 11th to 18th centuries. The Marriott hotel was a former brewery and at no. 7 you’ll see the Guildhouse of the Tired Boatmen – aka The Anchor. Walking down to St Michael’s Bridge turn left and walk up Graslei. The Corn Stockpile House dates from the late 12th century and has allegedly the oldest step gable in the country. Next door is the Customs House and other sea-faring related dwellings, all restored.

Walking back to St Michael’s Bridge you’ll get great views east towards Ghent’s three towers. St Michael’s Church is worth a look and has the 1630 portrait of Christ by Anthony van Dyck. You’ve now arrived back where you started, near St Nicholas Church.

Getting There

By Train

Take train to Gent-Sint-Pieters Station. Journey time: 20 minutes. Then take tram no. 1 into the city. Get off at Korenmarkt stop (15 mins).

By Road

Follow signs to the E40 and stay on it till you reach Ghent. Journey time: 30 minutes.

Cycling

The LF5 Cycling route passes from Bruges to Thorn via Ghent.

Cycling routes website here: http://www.fietsroute.org/index.htm

Michelin-starred restaurants in Ghent

Publiek (Olly Ceulenaere) | Ham 39 | +32 9 330 04 86 | http://www.publiekgent.be

Horseele (Danny Horseele) | Stadion KAA Gent, Ottergemsesteenweg – Zuid 808 | www.restauranthorseele.be | +32 9 330 23 20

Vrijmoed (Michaël Vrijmoed) Vlaanderenstraat 22 | +32 9 279 99 77 | vrijmoed.be/en/

Also recommended:

Pakhuis | Schuurkenstraat 4; +32 9 223 5555 | pakhuis.be

Bruges’ Top 10 Art Galleries You Should Visit

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Top Art Galleries in Bruges

Best-known for its rosta of Flemish Primitive painters such Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling and Hugo van der Goes, Bruges is a hive of activity for modern art, as Gina Baksa discovered. Escape the medieval tryptychs with a visit to one of these 10 modern art galleries in the centre of Bruges.

Absolute Art Gallery

Dijver 4 | +32 32 50 49 10 12 | absoluteartgallery.com | 11am to 6pm; Thurs to Mon

A beautiful minimalist space with regular exhibitions featuring some of the gallery’s 32 artists, including Julian Opie, Marc Lagrange, and local artist Christine Comyn. Latest exhibition is Nick Gentry’s Memoryscapes, on until 26 April. A Central St Martin’s graduate, Gentry creates portraits combining obsolete media formats such as cassettes, floppy discs, VHS tapes and Polaroids as a metaphor for the way humankind interacts with technology.

Galerij Koen Broes

Simon Stevinplein 12 | broes.be |+ 32 50 33 37 74 | Tues to Sat: 10am to 12; 1.30-6pm

Specialises in graphic art on paper from contemporary artists, owners Koen and Carine Broes recognise the inherent craftsmanship behind each technique. You’ll find everything from aquatinting, to lithography via gouache and drypoint. Their focus is not on big names: “We prefer to seek out artists who are not yet demi-gods, but who make no concessions in terms of technical quality and radiance” Framing service available as well as advice on collecting. Works can be shown in your own home.

Callebert Design

callebert.be | Wollestraat 25 | +32 50 33 50 61 | Daily: 10am to 12noon; 2pm to 6pm (except Mondays 2pm to 6pm; Sundays 3pm to 6pm)

More retail space than art gallery, Callebert began life in Bruges in 1948 selling luxury tableware and gifts. Today, its premises are a sophisticated Aladdin’s Cave of home design (think tableware, ceramics, homeware, furniture, clothing, gifts and more) in a central Bruges location. Their own art gallery, Art O Nivo is situated on the first floor. A perfect store to buy gifts; some products are also available to purchase via their online shop.

Art O Nivo

Wollestraat 25, 1st floor | +32 51 24 33 88 | artonivo.be

Mon to Sat; 2 to 6pm. Closed Sundays. At the back of Callebert Design.

Glass, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, photography, graphics and architecture:

The website needs updating but still worth a look. A new café and terrace is planned for opening in July this year.

44 Gallery

44gallery.be | +32 489 552 663 | Genthof 44 | Sat and Sun 2pm to 6pm

Current exhibition: 18 April to 10 May.

Located north of the Markt, 44 Gallery’s (run by Luc Rabaey and Veerle De Sutter) latest exhibition is a Herman van den Boom retrospective featuring a selection of the photographer’s work taken in the USA in the Seventies. With limited edition prints for sale, the gallery also represents the likes of Julie Van Der Vaart and Titus Simoens.

Museum Gallery Xpo Salvador Dali

Belfort, Markt 7 | +32 50 33 83 44 | dali-interart.be | Daily 10am-6pm

A permanent exhibition (rotating) curated by dealers Interart, containing graphic art and some sculptures from the moustachioed one’s eclectic oeuvre. The large gallery/showroom space at the centrally located Belfry was once a medieval hall now transformed into a Dali-fest with gold, mother-of-pearl and pink colours, designed by the amusingly monikered Barron Saint Mythelfinger.  Some original prints are for sale, ask at reception.

Jacquemine art Gallery (+ luxury guesthouse)

Hoogstraat 34 | +32 478 37 56 96 | jacquemine.be

Combining an art gallery and a listed guesthouse, well-travelled couple Pavel and Annie welcome you into their beautiful home (named after the first-recorded owner Jacnquemine De Graevbe 1532) and his studio. Pavel’s abstract art, the ‘exploration of non-physical realities’ will appeal to those who enjoy fantasy and dream landscapes of the imagination. The elegant, 13th-century house offers two ensuite luxury guestrooms with views over a delightful garden across to the Groenerei canal.

Art 14

Dijver 14 | art-14.com | Thurs to Sun 2pm to 6.30pm

Until 10 May: Solo exhibition with the French painter Etien Gros. An intriguing concept installation with polyurethane 3-D torsos, X-rays and digital photography. Situated between the Church of Our Lady and the Groeningemuseum, Art 14 represents 12 artists including Milan Chabera, Jesus Curia, Lieven Demunter, Fons Bemelmans and Jacek Hazuka.

Svein Konigen Studio Gallery

Korte Vuldersstraat 17 | koningen.net | +32 486 46 94 86 | Visits by appointment

Norwegian by birth, abstract expressionist artist Konigen grew up in Amsterdam and Australia and has been living and painting successfully in Bruges for the past 10 years. Re-locating to London this summer – “I need new inspiration” – he is currently offering discounts on some of his paintings.

I never really know exactly what form the finished painting will take,” he says about his own creative process. “I simply allow my instinct to guide my hands and draw inspiration from the creative process. My passions, the place I live in, the surrounding environment and my music are all external factors that influence my work.”

Konigen is re-locating to London this summer so call him

Art Gallery Groeninge: Paul Van Hecke

Nieuwe Gentweg 27 | +32 50 34 18 36 | paul-van-hecke-art.be

Bruges-born Van Hecke’s travels in the Himalayas and exposure to Eastern philosophy as a young man had a life-changing effect, resulting in the style of painting he favours today. Meditative, healing and transformative, his art reflects the human connection with spirit and our heartfelt desire to live with an awakened consciousness.

 

Link for some image ideas:

http://www.koningen.net/wilderness-flowers/1826126

http://www.koningen.net/

pick one and I will ask him for a jpeg so it stretches across the page enough.

Explore Bruges on foot, canal, bike and Vespa

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Bruges is one of the best cities in Europe to discover/explore on foot; its cobbled streets leading you on a beguiling Medieval time warp into secret alleyways and thoroughfares offering treasures both gastronomic and historic. Pick up a map from one of Bruges’s three tourist offices in the Concert Hall/Concertgebouw, Historium (Market Square) and in the railway station or join a popular walking tour and savour the history lesson as you perambulate.   

Alternatively, experience Bruges from a different aspect:

Bruges photography tours

The city is a photographer’s Mecca, as professional snapper and entrepreneur Andy McSweeney knows only too well. A native of Montreal, he’s been in Bruges for 14 years and has even married a local gal. So he knows his way around.

He has tours almost every day: early morning to catch the best light, lunchtime essentials, a hidden Bruges around 4pm and a spot of night photography in Bruges after dark. Andy’s passion for sharing his love of photography means this Photo Tour Brugge is a must whether you’re a pro, or just picked up your first disposable camera. Find out more at his website: www.phototourbrugge.com

  info@phototourbrugge.com |+32 486 175 275   | www.facebook.com/PhotoTourBrugge/

Cycling in Bruges

Flat landscapes make cycling a joy – whatever the weather – so take the weight off your feet and try some pedal power while you’re in Bruges. Either hire a bike for the day and do your own thing, or join a bike tour.  Quasimodo’s Bruges By Bike tour offers visitors a two-and-a-half hour ‘laid back’ wheelie around the backstreets and main streets of the city, exploring the waterways, monuments and city sights, the Belfry tower, the Lake of Love, the windmills, the canals…. Plus a stop at a local hostelry for a snifter of the best beer on the planet. Helmets and rain jackets and even a T-shirt are provided.

www.quasimundo.com | Predikherenstraat 28 | info@quasimundo.eu +32 50 330 775

If you’ve had your fill of cobbled streets and Gothic spires, then hire a bike for a tour of the tranquil polders outside the city limits. The flat landscape is an easy cycle and canal-side routes are beautiful and the perfect picnic stop in spring and summer. Green Bike Tours Tel: 050 612 667.  arlando@telenet.be

‘t Zand, Concertgebouw. English, Dutch and French spoken. Booking is required. Daily, by appointment only. Ask at the tourist information for details.

Bruges canal tours

Escape the tourist melee on the Burg and the Markt and hop on a boat for a relaxing canal tour of Bruges. The 30-minute ride follows the ancient fortifications and is an effortless way to see Bruges from a calmer perspective.

Prepare to queue in peak season. Boats leave from the quays behind the Stadhuis (City Hall), Belfry and the Church of Our Lady.     

Bruges bus tours

Perfect if you’re travelling with friends or family who can’t walk very far,  the minibus tour lasts 50 minutes and takes guests to all Bruges’s main sights.

Commentary is in several languages. Look out for the bright yellow buses. If you have more time, you can also join the minibus tour to the delightful village of Damme. Stop off there for lunch and return by barge.
The bright yellow buses depart every thirty minutes from the Markt – the square in front of the Belfry. More information at www.citytour.be/

Departures every 30 min.
Jan – Mar 10h till sunset, Apr 10h tot 18u, May – Sept 10h till 19h, Oct – Dec 10h till sunset
Bus stop: Markt, The market square in front of the Belfry. 
Tickets on the bus
Group reservations possible: info@citytour.be 

 

Bruges horse-drawn carriage rides

Earn brownie points and treat your loved one to a romantic 30-minute carriage ride along Bruges’s enchanting cobbled streets. There’s a brief stop at the medieval houses of the Beguinage, and the coachman will keep you well informed about the sights along the way. Rides leave from the carriage station on the Markt or from the Burg on Wednesdays before noon. If you’d rather not wait in line, then book a carriage to collect you from your hotel or restaurant.

www.visitbruges.be/en/bruges-by-horse-drawn-carriage-2

Vespa Tours Brugge

Escape from the city and enjoy a little Dolce Vita Belgium-style with a guided tour on a bright orange Vespa through scenic woodland and picturesque villages like Damme – once Bruges’s outer harbour. English, Dutch and French spoke and if you want to zip off alone you have the option to hire a scooter for the whole day. Book your seat now as they are very popular.

t’Zand 2 | +32 497 64 86 48 | Mobile: +38 497 648 648 | vespatours-brugge.be

Bruges Ballooning

Surely one of the best ways to see Bruges is from the air. Looking down over 1000 years of history you’ll be in very safe hands with Bruges Ballooning who have more than 20 years’ experience and even more reassuring: ‘zero accidents’. Clearly this is one activity that’s weather dependent, but if you’re lucky enough to get airborne, you could be gliding over city spires, polders and even see the Belgium coast with a Champagne and strawberry celebration on arrival at your destination.

bruges-ballooning.com | +32.475.972.887 | info@bruges-ballooning.com

Walking tours in Bruges

 

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

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.

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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

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