With a speedy trip across on the Eurostar and idyllic cobbled streets lined with quaint old buildings, this is your next weekend break destination. It’s incredibly beautiful… and so Instagrammable. Belgium is known for its delicious food (chocolate, waffles, fries – YUM) as well as its beer, so it’s a winner if you’re looking for an indulgent long weekend with glorious views.
Things To Do…
1. Chocolate. Obviously.
Head to the MANY chocolate shops and sample some of the best chocolates around. We’ve been twice and this time, we tried to stay away from the obvious chain stores, and opt for those with more of a family-run feel. We really liked Jan De Clerck – lovely staff and good value for money! If there’s still room in your suitcase, take a chocolate tour or go to the Chocolate Museum! SO MANY GOODIES.
2. Explore & Go On A Tour
There are a lot of old pubs and interesting buildings to explore, as well as museums a plenty! You can wander around alone or take one of the several tour options – City Tour bus, a boat along the canal, walking tour with a guide, horse & carriage ride, or even a Segway tour. The options are endless. And even if you’re not that into museums… I think I’ve found one you might take a shining to…
THEY HAVE AN ENTIRE MUSEUM DEDICATED TO BELGIAN FRIES with a cafe at the end for all your fry needs.
(We ate a lot of fries on this trip.) I’d also recommend The Potato Bar for a tasty lunch!
3. Belgian Beer
Beer connoisseur? I’m not. I don’t even drink beer! But I took this trip as a chance to do a bit of beer tasting to see what I was missing and maybe even find a beer I liked. Head over to Le Trappiste
for the hugest selection of beers and give ’em a taste. The bar staff speak SO MANY languages and are more than happy to recommend beers based on what type of drinks you like. Such a great atmosphere and vibe.
4. Shopping & Dining Out on The Cobbles
There are plenty of shops in the small town of Bruges; amongst the standard brands you’d find at home, there are some gems to be found at those shops you’ve never heard of before. I really loved the collection at Juttu
– as soon as I stepped in the door, I was wishing we had this store in London. For some bargains, head to the main square to shop at the market – particularly good on a Saturday.
After you work up an appetite whizzing around the shops, there are so many options for food with such a range of cuisines available. I recommend making a reservation in advance for dinner at Ribs ‘n Beer
(if that’s your bag) – it’s very popular and up there on the list of top restaurants in Bruges.
5. Fill Your Instagram With Amazing Photos
Bruges is SO Instagrammable. With its gorgeous architecture, cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages, and beautiful canals, your Instagram followers will never get sick of your holiday snaps. They might just get a little be jealous and have to book their own trip. Luckily, the Eurostar will take you from London to Brussels, before you hop on the local train to Bruges – in no time at all. Definitely a good plan for a weekend break or a budget trip when you’re in need of a getaway. It is so quick and easy to get to, I’m not sure why we don’t go there every weekend?