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10 tips for a pleasant weekend in Bruges

Tips for your city trip to Bruges

Bruges is no longer just the little town with a chocolatier on every corner. More and more hip shops and luncheons give a contemporary and trendy balance to Bruges' cultural heritage. A fine combination of Belgian traditions, historical attractions and hotspots. And all this just 3.5 hours from Amsterdam with Intercity Brussel.
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Lunch with organic wine at Margritt

Join the locals for coffee and lunch at the hip Margritt in the heart of Bruges. Every day they serve a sensible breakfast, lunch with a glass of organic wine, the best coffee and fresh pastry. On a nice day, it's pleasant to relax on the welcoming terrace.

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Nostalgic Flemish food at Cézar

Typical Flemish dishes as grandmother would make served them at Cézar. Think home-cooked shrimp croquettes, meat balls in tomato sauce and steak tartare. Cézar has a very homely feel: sheepskins, lots of cushions and chequered wallpaper adorn the interior of this lovely restaurant in the city centre. Nostalgia à la carte, as they call it.

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Silence in the city at the Ten Wijngaerde Beguinage

Hidden behind a row of old trees in the Minnewater Park is the charming collection of white houses of the only beguinage still to be found in Bruges. An alleyway covered with convex cobblestones leads you straight into the courtyard and the fairytale-like convent garden. You won't find a place more quiet and serene in Bruges.

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A Brugse Zot at the Halve Maan Brewery

A visit to Bruges is not complete without a Brugse Zot. This is best tasted at its home brewery De Halve Maan in the historic city centre. Have a beer on the terrace or book a tour of the modern brewery, with the panoramic view of Bruges from the roof as the highlight.

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A virtual experience of medieval Bruges

Take a trip back in time to the Middle Ages in the Historium on the Markt. Walking through seven historical themed rooms with decors, film and special effects, you'll experience a wonderful love story. You can extend your visit with a virtual visit to Bruges in the Golden Age or go into the city with the City VR.

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Enjoying Duvels in the Duvelorium

An ode to the Belgian beer brand Duvel is given on the first floor of the Historium building on the Market Square in Bruges. The Duvelorium is worth a visit if only because of the wonderful decor and the view over the Market Square. Nice to combine with a visit to the Historium, which is in the same building.

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Foodie Walhalla for Bruges waffles

Eat culinary waffles at Otto Waffle Atelier. This address is for real foodies, as it serves premium oat waffles in the form of Bruges lace. Expect surprising flavour combinations, such as the oat waffle with cacao nibs, pomegranate, banana and sour cream with honey. A feast for the eyes and your taste buds.

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Second-hand shopping

For exclusive second-hand clothing and accessories, you have to go to Selected by Françoise. This charming little building in Bruges, just outside the old centre, only holds boutique brands. Spread across 2 floors, there's plenty of choice. Françoise will be happy to give you fashion advice in the shop

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Brunch among second-hand books

Book lovers walk to the Garenmarkt for their brunch in Bruges. There, you'll find Brunch & Books, a second-hand bookshop with an organic breakfast and lunch menu. Feel free to find a nice book and enjoy it in peace. Do you like what you're reading? Take the book home and continue reading there.

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Artsy lodgings in Bed and Breakfast Kind Of Oj

Luxury, design and art come together at Bed and Breakfast Kind Of Oj, just outside the old centre of Bruges. In these suites, owned by interior designer Jo Verhoeven, you can imagine yourself in a museum of modern art. Each of the three suites is decorated differently, with handmade design, clay baths and, above all, plenty of space. The cherry on the cake is the view over the park and the champagne breakfast.

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Travelling to Bruges

Because of the coronavirus, European countries implement various measures that may have an impact on your stay. Before departure, carefully check the current local rules and guidelines, so you can enjoy your city trip to the full.
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