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
Katelijnestraat 136 B-8000 Brugge
+32 477.24.24.45
Parking Katelijne (next to Ibis hotel 50m), Katelijnestraat 65, Bruges



Serviced holiday apartments in Bruges

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Our serviced holiday apartments offer a comfortable and stylish place for you and your family to stay for your short break in Bruges, Ghent or Antwerp.


Find and book the perfect Bruges Short Stay Apartments for your  holiday or business trip to Bruges or Ghent.

Let’s talk about vacation rentals, apartment rentals, holiday rentals, flats for rent, and short term rental properties in Bruges.

Our serviced holiday apartments  offer a  comfortable and stylish place for you and your family or friends to stay for your short break in Bruges, Ghent or Antwerp. With easy access to all major landmarks within this historic and vibrant city as well as being close to Marketplace , Belfry and shopping streets, our serviced holiday apartments offer a great base for exploring all that Bruges has to offer. We are based in the exclusive Unesco worldheritage area of the city, close to Gruuthuuse museum, Groeninghe museum,  Cathedral,  Beguinage,…

Travel from Brussels to Bruges in under an hour

Whether you’re based here in Bruges or in nearby Brussels or Ghent; travelling for a convention, extended business trip or researching relocating, we would like to offer you something different. Our serviced apartments offer an easy way of combining business and pleasure.

Looking for vacation rentals, luxury rentals, condo rentals, holiday rentals or short term rentals in Bruges, our  vacation homes will send you straight back to your most romantic days.


Imagine returning from your day to your own space. Setting your own schedule as you unwind, unworried by the outside world. Our apartments offer space, flexibility and supreme comfort, so that you can mix business with pleasure.


The fully equipped kitchen you’ll find in each apartment means you can cook or order food in, or alternatively, enjoy one of the many restaurants on your doorstep. Each apartment has fast WiFi as standard, and our interior design team has taken care to ensure there is a space to work in each apartment, so you can do so on your own terms.


We also offer a truly tailored package, with a maid and linen service only when it’s convenient for you. We understand the importance of privacy, and the need to unwind after a day of work.

Cost Effective

Best of all, this typically comes at a cheaper price than a hotel. On average, our guests save 30% compared to booking with a hotel in the same area. We offer a range of deals for extended lengths of stay, and work to accommodate whatever will make your stay convenient.


You can find a new kind of accommodation: vacation rentals, apartments and guest houses in  Bruges, owned by friendly locals in Bruges

The concept of Serviced Apartments.

Serviced Apartments became the golden mean between furnished apartments, boutique hotels and traditional hotels. They provide furnished accomodation in a residential setting, offering amenities , such as a fully equipped kitchen, living room and workspace, while being operated and serviced professionally ( maintenance, cleaning, towels, laundry,check in etc.).

Due to their pricing model, the rate per night gets lower the longer you stay.

When staying for more than 30 days savings up to 60% compared to hotels with a similar standard.


What to do in bruges?

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Bruges is propably Belgium’s most perfectly preserved medieval town. Its beautiful architecture attracts more than 7 million visitors every year. With its wealth of interesting canals, churches, cathedrals and old architecture Bruges still retains a fragile medieval air. After walking those tiny roads or taking a boat trip on the canals…Bruges will be for many the most delightful of all the cities of Flanders . Because the center of Bruges is small, even those with only a day to spend sightseeing can expect to take away a good idea of all the things to do in Bruges. Must see viewing should definitely include at least the market place with the belfry, the Burg with the Basilica of the Holy Blood and a trip on the canals.

Where is bruges?

You can find Bruges on any map. Cobbled lanes and canals link market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches and old  almshouses. But do not forget visitin Bruges is like visitin Venice…. there’s a constant crush of tourists in the centre, especially through the summer.There’s a special charm in winter when you can have the magnificent town almost to yourself.

Bruges (Brugge or Brugges in Dutch)

The historic city centre is a famous UNESCO or World Heritage Site . It is relative small and about 430 hectares in size. The city’s total population is 120.00 inhabitans of whom around 20,000 live in the city centre. 

Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Stockholm and Amsterdam ,  Bruges is sometimes referred to as The Venice of the North. Bruges  was once the chief commercial city in the world. Bruges is well known as the seat of the College of Europe, an elite university institute for European studies regarded as “the EU’s own Oxbridge.”

Official website of Bruges with a lot of good info is

Bruges is part of the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium

Where to Stay in Bruges for Sightseeing

Bruges’ medieval town center is easy to explore on bike or even better on foot. The best places to stay are within walking distance of the Markt, the city’s main square, dominated by the massive Halle and Belfry. Other must sees in Bruges include the Burg, home to the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Groeninghe and Gruuthuse Museum with the old flemish painters like Jan Van Eyck.

  • Luxury Hotels: Hotel Prinsenhof Bruges , Hotel Heritage – Relais & Chateaux,Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce, Kempinski Hotel,
  • Luxury Guesthouses and Guestrooms: White rooms in Bruges
  • Mid-Range Hotels:  Hotel Ter Duinen, Hotel Fevery,Adornes
  • Budget Hotels: Canalview Hotel Ter Reien , Hotel de Goezeput,  Hotel Van Eyck

What language do they speak in bruges?

Flemish (Belgian variant of Dutch), English, German and French. Majority of the population speaks Flemish.
but most people can speak English

What currency do they use in Belgium?

All countries in the Eurozone including Belgium and the Netherlands have the euro as their official currency.

How can you find out the Euro rate for today?

Get live exchange rates for Euro currency to United States Dollar and Check some euro to usd converters like google or

What to do in bruges in one day?

If you are going for Bruges in one day…Bruges is a small city. It will only take you around 60 minutes to walk from one end to the other, making it easy to see all the essentials during a day-trip.  Going for Bruges in one day it will be not enough but better one day than no day.

 What is the best music festival in Belgium?

There are many. Best know of course is Tomorrowland 

This festival is the place for EDM and trance music lover. Tommorowland is an exhibition of music.

see Tomorrowland Belgium 2016 | Official Aftermovie

Another one is Rock Werchter, Belgian annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, since 1976. It is a large sized annual rock music festival.

Bruges or Belgium what to do?

What is there to do in bruges (Belgium)?

Belgium is famous for its chips (frieten), beer, waffles, gingerbread and mussels, , as well as for its rich  gastronomy.  You are likely to find bars and restaurants almost everywhere in Belgian cities as in rural regions.

What language do they speak in bruges (Belgium)?

Belgium is a federal state surrounded by Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and France. Stretching over some 30.000 km2, Belgium is smaller than many neighboring countries and its population amounts to almost 12 million inhabitants.

Belgium consists of three regions, namely Brussels, Wallonia and the Flemish region. Hence, these regions inhabitants speak different languages: French, German and Dutch.

What is the weather in Bruges?

Bruges has a temperate marine climate. Temperatures in Belgium are quite pleasant in summer, reaching up to 28 °C against 5 °C in winter

 Check here.

Travelling to Bruges with visa or passport?

Before traveling to Bruges, it is best to inquire on all related formalities with the Belgian Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Belgium has signed Schengen agreements (European Union), allowing foreigners or tourists to make short stays in the country without visa.

European Union citizens do not require a visa to travel to Belgium. They only have to show their national identity card or a valid passport for a maximum 90 days stay. For short stays up to 3 months you need one of these:

  1. a national identity card
  2. a valid passport
  3. an expired document in the absence of 1 or 2
  4. a residence permit having been issued in another European Union member State.

Non-European Union nationals are required to apply for a visa. Visas are required for all types of stays , whether for tourism, family visits, sports or cultural events, business trips, transit through the Schengen area,…

Citizens of these countries require a visa to enter Belgium:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, PA, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Burma, Myanmar, Belarus, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, North Korea, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Granada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Taiwan, Chad, Thailand, East Timor, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


What to do in Bruges at night?

coming soon


What to do in Bruges (Belgium) in one day?

coming soon


Upcoming Congresses in Bruges

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Though not hyped nearly as much as Paris, Amsterdam and other major European cities, Bruges offers plenty of unique attractions and arguably the best cuisine in the country. And the city is amazingly affordable: For example, the average cost of a three-course meal is $ 25, less than half the cost in London.

European Brief Therapy Association

European Brief Therapy Association

23 September 2016 – 26 September 2016

Venue(s): Provinciaal Hof

Update in Neuroimaging

Update in Neuroimaging

6 october 2016 – 8 october 2016

Venue(s): Site Oud Sint-Jan


World Textile Services Congress

World Textile Services Congress

5 october 2016 – 8 october 2016

Venue(s): Dukes Palace, Stadshallen, Concertgebouw, Brouwerij Halve Maan, Brugge

Hanzedag 2016 - Its all about innovation

Hanzedag 2016 – It’s all about innovation
10 November 2016 – 10 November 2016

Venue(s): La Brugeoise

Open Belgian Championships Swimming Short Course 2016

Open Belgian Championships Swimming Short Course 2016

12 November 2016 – 13 November 2016

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Venue(s): S&R Olympia

CommOCEAN 2016 - the 2nd International Marine Science Communication Conference High-Level Training Cours

CommOCEAN 2016 – the 2nd International Marine Science Communication Conference & High-Level Training Cours

6 December 2016 – 8 December 2016

Venue(s): Provinciaal Hof

VIB Conference: ER Stress, Autophagy Immune System in Bruges

VIB Conference: ER Stress, Autophagy & Immune System in Bruges

25 January 2017 – 27 January 2017

Venue(s): Site Oud Sint-Jan

ICEVI 2017

ICEVI 2017

2 July 2017 – 7 July 2017

Venue(s): Sint-Lodewijkscollege

International Skeletal Dysplasia Society 2017

International Skeletal Dysplasia Society 2017

20 September 2017 – 24 September 2017

Venue(s): Site Oud Sint-Jan

Food and Drink Recommendations in Bruges

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Bruges has the highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants in Belgium – there’s an almost never-ending number of fantastic restaurants to indulge your gastronomic side. Here’s a selection of our favourite food and drink recommendations in Bruges, straight from the local’s mouth!

Michelin star restaurants 

Awarded a Michelin star in 2012 and retained ever since, the chef here offers her take on Asian Fusion cuisine.

De Karmeliet
This three starred restaurant will shut at the end of 2016, so it’s worth catching it whilst you can! Geert Van Hecke remains one of the landmarks in culinary Belgium, he’s known for his real craftsmanship, demonstrating unrivalled respect for the ingredients.

Hertog Jan
This three star restaurant is located in a fully renovated old farm, close to the city of Bruges, where they grow their own fruits and vegetables.  Chef Gert de Mangeleer delivers a  culinary experience of seasonal dishes.

Fine Dining

Den Heerd
A modern restaurant with a delightful garden, this is a good option for both lunch and dinner. Whilst not cheap, it offers excellent value for money.

Stunningly presented food in a beautifully designed restaurant. A lot of thought is put into the experience, and it shows.

Rock Fort
A more contemporary dining experience, loved by trendy locals and tourists alike. The food is nouvelle cuisine in style, but the main reason you go is to see and to be seen.

Afternoon Tea

Hotel Orangerie
Afternoon tea on the canal-side terrace in the summer is a lovely experience. The scones in particular are worth the visit!

Tea-Room de Proeverie
A less formal afternoon tea experience, the speciality here is their hot chocolate. It’s also a good place to try the famous Belgian waffles, with lashings of whipped cream!


Cafe Vlissinghe
The oldest pub in Bruges, it’s been on this site since 1515, hidden in the beautiful historical Saint-Anne quarter.

Books and Brunch
This delightful cafe has walls lined with books that customers are encouraged to peruse and read. Stop for breakfast or lunch, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Sanseveria Bagel Station
For a quick and easy lunch, head to this bagel shop. As well as bagels filled with everything from smoked salmon to nutella, there are quiches and salads for you to enjoy.


Where divine gastronomy meets interior design

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If you visit Antwerp then there is a good chance you will find a mix where divine gastronomy in a historical building meets interior design.

Three star Michelin chef and co-owner, Sergio Herman moved from Holland to big City Antwerp. Where divine gastronomy meets interior design

His toprestaurant “The Jane” was designed by Dutch architect Piet Boon. Sitting there is not only a “A memorable dining experience” but also looking around to watch the spectacular light- chandelier.

“…culinary landmark in Antwerp..”

It was the intention of interior designer Piet Boon to mix the artisanal feel of the historic chapel, propelling it forward with a contemporary underground atmosphere.

The goal of the renovation of the chapel was not to do a makeover, but was focused on bringing out the existing materials of the space.

A selection was made of high quality materials such as leather, oak and natural stone prompting a specific palette for the lighting. A massive radial chandelier (12x9m) called the ‘Lion fish’ suspended over the dining area contributes to the ambient divinity of the old chapel.

The result is a scenic experience seamlessly combining engineering expertise with gastronomy and artistry. Antwerp is a 50 minutes drive from medieval Bruges.

“Sex on the plate” S Herman





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