Bruges is the perfect cozy day trip from the bustling Brussels.
Bruges, Belgium is a quaint town located just 50 minutes away from Brussels by train. The town itself is the capital of the West Flanders region of Belgium and is famed for its canals, medieval structures, and overall charm. If you are staying in Brussels but fancy a quick trip to another part of Belgium- Bruges is the place to go. With so much to do and see this quick little guide will tell you how to get to Bruges, where to eat, what to see, what to drink and where to shop.
How to get there from Brussels:
Fortunate for the daytrippers in Belgium the average trip to Bruges from the capital is an hour and 10 min. With the fastest train getting you there in 53 minutes. There are around 70 trains that travel between Brussels and Bruges every day- leaving every 18 minutes. The train station you will want to leave Brussels from is the Bruxelles Midi station. You will be stopping at the Gare de Bruges station to get to Bruges.
Minderbroedersstraat 26, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
This cozy restaurant has a beautiful dark wood interior and delicious Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant prides itself on its fairy tale vibe – appearing like a cabin in the woods. However, this fantastical experience is a popular choice for dinner. Pomperlut only accommodates 20 guests so reservations are highly recommended for this in-demand spot.
See: The Canal
If you look up images of Bruges the first thing that will come up is the Canal and the gorgeous sites that the boat rides on the canal allow you to see. Whether you walk by the canal or invest in a quick boat tour it is the perfect opportunity to see the quaint town and all the glorious buildings that Bruges has to offer. If you decide to go for a boat tour the cost is around €10.
Drink: Café Vlissinghe
Blekersstraat 2, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Café Vlissinghe is the oldest continuously running cafe in Bruges. The records of the space can be found dating back to 1515. Now, this cozy cafe is fitted out with paintings, fireplaces and wood finishings. This local spot is a favorite for its assortment of beers from draft to local and their delicious Belgian pub food.
Shop: Dumon Chocolatier
Eiermarkt 6, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
This cute cottage-like store is the epitome of the Bruges experience. A homey little chocolate store right off the main town square. Though the exterior of Dumon Chocolatier is a little simpler and cozier the chocolates themselves are artisanal and from the finest raw ingredients. Madame Dumon and her family make and sell the chocolate in this little store- making it the perfect authentic Belgian chocolatier experience.
Bruges is the perfect cozy day trip from the bustling Brussels. With so many delicious and quaint options, Bruges provides a beautiful Belgian experience that is sure not to be forgotten!
Sophia lived in Belgium for three years.