My whirlwind trip to Bruges this month was way more fun than I expected, and also garnered me a lot of questions over on Instagram. It seems that Bruges is high on a lot of people’s travel bucket list, I’ve never had so many questions on Instagram about a destination! To try and make this as useful as possible I’m going to answer some of the most asked questions, before moving on to my recommendations!
Is one night long enough to visit Bruges?
Yes! Obviously it depends on your non negotiables of a trip, but you can certainly see a lot in a day. Book a hotel in the centre of town, and you’ll be able to tick most of the big sights easily! The centre of town is pretty small, everything is in close quarters.
Is public transport easy to negotiate?
To be honest, you probably won’t need it! The train station is about a 15 minute walk from the main square, and the whole city is easily accessible on foot.
How easy was it to drive to Bruges?
Honestly, SO easy. When you come off the Eurotunnel, you’re immediately fed onto a highway, that you can take all the way to Bruges. A few roundabouts to get into the town and that’s it! The trip took about an hour and a half, and couldn’t have been simpler.
How safe is Bruges?
I can’t speak for the city as a whole, but in terms of our experience, I didn’t feel unsafe or even uneasy here at all. The city is largely exceptionally friendly, and we were wondering around with multiple cameras quite clearly looking like tourists. Obviously it’s always best to be on guard and careful, but I felt very safe here!
Is the language barrier easy to overcome?
I honestly didn’t meet a single person in Bruges who didn’t speak English. They largely all speak impeccable English and there wasn’t any issues with communication.
I’m visiting Bruges, do I need cash or can I use my card?
The only place we found that DIDN’T take card was the street food vendors in the square. Otherwise, I exclusively used my Monzo card to get the best exchange rate and save having a purse full of euros when I got home.
WHERE TO STAY
I cannot recommend Hotel Duke’s Palace enough. Honestly, it’s one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Staff were friendly and accomodating, check in was a breeze. The rooms were spacious and beautifully furnished, the bed was huge and so comfortable. I’ll cherish the memory of waking up in that giant bed, with the windows flung open, the gentle breeze and the sounds of the city waking up with me. Breakfast in the hotel was phenomenal, not only was there more juices and pastries than I’ve ever seen, but the belgian chocolate carving station was a real highlight. We also ate lunch and dinner here and my god, I’ve never had a better filet. This hotel was incredible, and it’s located right in the heart of Bruges, making it the perfect, luxurious base for your travels.
Prinsenhof 8, 8000 Brugge, Belgium.
WHERE TO GET YOUR WAFFLE FIX
It had to be House of Waffles. Since we were in Bruges on a press trip, we mentioned that we were off in search of waffles and the PR recommended House of Waffles. She may be my new best friend because honestly this was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. House of Waffles has a seated restaurant if you want to take your waffle eating seriously, but I recommend grabbing a classic caramel waffle from the takeaway bar, and eating it whilst wondering the city. Best 3.50€ I’ve ever spent.
Wollestraat 31, 8000 Brugge, Belgium.
WHERE TO DRINK
Thank god I was travelling with Kelly who is an expert on where to drink in most cities, but especially Bruges. She lead me to a tiny whole in the wall pub which must have been the cosiest beerhouse in Bruges. With an extensive menu of belgian brews, you’re guaranteed to find a drink you’ll love. We stuck to blond beers and found love in a bottle of Single Green. Visit ‘T Brugs Beertje and while away an evening with a few beers.
Kemelstraat 5, 8000 Brugge, Belgium.
WHERE TO SHOP FOR CHOCOLATE
You can’t go to Belgium without shopping for chocolate! We were drawn into Choccoladehuisje by the gorgeous pumpkins in the window, and we knew we’d made the right choice when we were offered samples. They have every shape and flavour of chocolate you could imagine, and it’s all bloody delicious. Located just off the main square, it’s handy for picking up treats for those you left back home (and for you too of course).
Wollestraat 15, 8000 Brugge, Belgium.
WHERE TO BUY BEER.
Handily, next door to the chocolate shop of dreams is the beer shop of dreams! We found the beer we’d been drinking the night before in The Bottle Shop, as well as a hundred and one other belgian beers! They were reasonably priced at between 2-4 euro a bottle, and the staff were super knowledgeable and happy to make recommendations too.
Wollestraat 13, 8000 Brugge, Belgium.
So there we go, a mini guide to the highlights of Bruges!
Is Bruges on your travel bucket list?
(PS, Thanks to Daphne for the title image, check out her work here.)