If you can’t tell by the photos, we went to Brugge to stuff our faces with all of their best edibles; chocolate, waffles, 2x fried chips, and beer. The city is small and charming, but you don’t really need longer than two nights in the area, as you can see most (if not all) of the sights in just a few days. Eating out in Brugge is insanely expensive (€18+ at most places) and so we did a lot of takeaway (considerably cheaper) and grabbed some stuff from the market. Not to mention, we gorged ourselves on chocolate and waffles, so there wasn’t much room for “real food” while we were in Brugge.
Pralinette – The chocolate was rich and creamy, but a bit on the bitter side. I’m not usually a fan of bitter dark chocolate, but it was surprisingly tolerable.
Chocolate Oe Praline – I tried the dark chocolate bark with almonds. The chocolate was flavorful and creamy, but the bark was lacking in the almond department.
Depla Chocolateir – Second favorite chocolate shop; very rich (but not bitter) with light notes of vanilla. I love when you can actually taste the vanilla in chocolate. The dark chocolate covered hazelnut rows are not to be missed.
Chocolatier Dumon – Hands down, the best chocolate in Brugge, and the best chocolate Ashlae’s had in her entire life. It was rich and creamy, and melted almost instantly (which probably had more to do with the heat). Ashlae highly recommends the plain chocolate, as nuts and berries, or fancy fillings, only detract from the incredibly flavorful chocolate – but Thom says go for the truffles.
The Chocolate Line – This place was good, but had been talked up by locals and we didn’t find it nearly as delicious as some people claimed.
Laurenzino – Apparently the best Belgian waffle you can get in Brugge – but Thom’s belly doesn’t agree. The waffles were heavy, as were the toppings. However, if you prefer your waffles on the dense side, this is your place.
Chez Albert – Despite Laurenzino being praised as having the best waffles in town, Thom preferred the waffles from Chez. They were light and airy, and easy to cut. And with the small, flimsy fork they provide, that’s a pretty important aspect.
De Garre – Tucked away down a narrow alley, this pub has loads character and a large selection of alcoholic beverages. But you should skip the fancy stuff and go straight for the Tripel.
Café Vlissinghe – The fact that it’s the oldest pub in Brugge is reason enough to not miss this place. They have a great patio, an adorable pup wandering the grounds, and local brews on tap. Get a postcard and send it to your favorite beer drinker.
Hire bikes and ride around town (or to the coast, it’s only 18km away).
Take a canal tour, but make sure you arrive early – tours fill up quickly and waiting in line is no fun.
We had a private room at the Lybeer Travellers’ Hostel and really enjoyed the facility. The spiral staircase is narrow and steep, so you may want to think twice about coming here with a large suitcase. They’re in the middle of a renovation, but that aside – the place was great. The common area was super funky and comfortable and the shower was clean and had great water pressure. Bonus: You get a free beer if you like them on Facebook!
If you’re a runner, running along the canal will surely be one of the most beautiful and enjoyable runs of your life. Steer clear of the cobblestone streets because those aren’t exactly easy on the ol’ ankles.
We spent a mere four hours in Brussels, which was just enough for us. The city is pretty rough around the edges but has a handful of charming spots that shouldn’t be missed if you’re in the area. We walked from the train station to the heart of town and wandered around the Grand Place, admiring what has been deemed one of Europe’s most beautiful squares. We then headed over to Café-Tasse to stock up on chocolate bars from one of Ashlae’s favorite chocolatiers (extra noir, alstublief). Before we skipped town, we brunched at Yeti then headed back to the Grand Palace area to get Thom one last real deal Belgian waffle from Le Funambule.