Your Complete Bruges City Guide

Welcome to Belgium with this complete bruges city guide

This Complete Bruges City Guide, guides you through a picturesque town on the west coast of Belgium. The guide gives you a photo impression and tells you where to go. Be warned: Belgium is famous for its specialty beers, and as I love them, many places focus on beer!

The city is relatively small and it is easy to have a stroll through the city. No public transport card needed! As we came from the Netherlands, we took a train to Bruges. Oostende-Bruges has an airport, however, it might be cheaper to take a flight to Brussels and take the train from there. 



The ‘Grote Markt’ or Market Square is the heart of Bruges and therefore the perfect start for this Bruges City Guide. The square is surrounded by the typical cute houses and almost everywhere you go, you have to pass the main square. Go early as it gets busy. I would also recommend it when it is dark for contrasting pictures. 

Market Square, Bruges
Market Square, Bruges
Market Square, Bruges

2. Stroll along the canals

Bruges is full of canals, that can’t be missed. If you want to navigate to some of the photogenic canal spots, find them here:
Photo 1: Apartment Het Blekershuys will guide you to the famous view of the canals in the front and the tower in the back.
Photo 2: Jan van Eyckplein to photograph into the other direction.
Photo 3: Dijver, walk along the Dijver and end at the Rozenhoedkaai.
Photo 4: Rozenhoedkaai, where the touring boats come and go. 
Canals, Bruges
Bruges Canals


We haven’t done this one, but if you want to learn more about craft beer and the most famous brewery in Bruges, I would definitely recommend taking a tour through the Halve Maan Brewery. The views are apparently very nice as well!


4. Sint-janshuis molens

The Sint-Janshuis Mills are slightly out of the city and are especially nice during sunset.  


Sint-Janshuis Molen, Bruges


Cafe Rose Red, Bruges

Best restaurants in bruges

Amazing coffee to wake up in the morning! Order a croissant with it and you are good to go. The cakes are amazing too. 


This restaurant / Italian shop gets filled up very quickly! The atmosphere doesn’t match your standard dining experience, but we loved it, and so do the locals.


‘Patatje Stoofvlees’ is a specialty in Belgium. We got it here, in a snackbar kind of restaurant, and it was great! Combine it with a Brugse Zot and your Belgian experience is complete. 


We were craving cheese fondue, and Pietje-Pek didn’t disappoint!


best bars in bruges

This bar might be the most famous one. It has 3 different floors, with a small staircase. You definitely have to try the ‘Garre’ Triple beer. They are famous for this one!

A very cute bar, with nice beers on the bottle. Don’t forget to check out ‘t Brugs Beertje 2, which you can find walking through the backdoor of the bar. 


With a ceiling covered with roses, this bar definitely has an interesting entourage.


A complete beer / cave basement. Different beers from the tap, with a more nightlife vibe.

Visiting these bars, will not make you regret following this complete Bruges city guide!

't Brugs Beertje, Bruges


|| The Best Hotels in Bruges

Luxury hotels

Hotel van Cleef might be the most luxury hotel in Bruges. Expect amazing suites, a jacuzzi and a central location. The hotel has a boutique style and the interior is stunning! You pay approximately 350 a night. 

We stayed in Golden Tulip – Hotel De’ Medici with a discount voucher. It is slightly outside the main canals, but within a 15 minute walk you are at the main Market Square. We can recommend the hotel, but there are probably other offers that might be better (€135 per night). 

Located at a perfect location, next to the Begijnhof and Halve Maan Brewery, you will find Dukes’ Academie Brugge. A pretty hotel with a stylish lobby and decent rooms. You will pay around €150 a night.

Budget hotels

Unfortunately, Bruges does not offer many budget hotels. For a hostel bed, you will pay close to 40 euros. Therefore, I would recommend The White Queen B&B, where you pay less than €100 a night for 2 persons, but still have the privacy and a stylish room. 


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