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Bruges is home to great food, boasting many top restaurants such as the three Michelin-starred De Karmeliet, and Michelin-starred Den Gouden Harynck. However, for us mere mortals, trying to negotiate past the absurdly expensive eateries and tourist magnet joints can be tricky. Follow my guide to cafes, restaurants and bars in Bruges, which will hopefully keep you satisfied from breakfast until dinner.

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  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Patisserie Academie

Restaurants

Books & Brunch

Restaurants

Oyya

Restaurants

2be Beer Wall

Bars & Clubs, Gift & Speciality Shops

Wijnbar Est

Restaurants

De Bottelier

Restaurants

Bistro De Schaar

Restaurants

't Zwart Huis

Restaurants

Rock Fort

Restaurants

Pergola Kaffee

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Sravya R's City Tips

  • It shouldn't be hard to find fantastic Flemish food in Bruges. If you explore the smaller streets, the quality of food is generally high.
  • For the budget traveler, many places (such as Bocca) sell cheap and cheerful pasta dishes, or paninis to take away.
  • Tipping at cafes and restaurants is at your own discretion, as service is usually included in the bill.
  • As Bruges is fairly busy all year round, it may be a good idea to make a reservation in advance if you already have a restaurant in mind.
  • Don't forget to sample the typical chocolate and the waffles.
  • Patisserie Academie
    Restaurants
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    Sravya R Says:

    The Patisserie Academie is perfect for luxurious pastries, either to scoff down greedily on the spot, or to takeaway and savor later. Why not start the day off decadently with delicious creations that will make you swoon!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • My favorite is the ganache and gjanduja mousse, but you can easily get away with a delectable hazelnut and buttercream meringue to have alongside your morning coffee.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful peaceful breakfast 06/11/2018
    • Great coffee 12/10/2018
    • Patisserie Academie
    Address:
    Vlamingstraat 54
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 68 92 91
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$16
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Books & Brunch
    Restaurants (Belgian, European)
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    Sravya R Says:

    If you fancy munching on a wholesome breakfast surrounded by literature, then look no further. This quirky bookshop/café offers a variety of delicious options.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Closed at the weekend.
    • Quite popular so can get very busy at peak times.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tasty 20/03/2019
    • Excellent and filling lunch 19/03/2019
    • Books & Brunch
    Address:
    Garenmarkt 30
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 70 90 79
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$19
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
  • Oyya
    Restaurants (Deli)
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    Sravya R Says:

    For fabulous waffles, with all the toppings and ice cream flavors you could wish for, head to Oyya's on Noordzandstraat, and takeaway a delicious treat.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Open until late, so night owls can always get their waffle fix.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Ice-Cream 16/03/2019
    • No fro yo until spring! 05/03/2019
    • Oyya
    Address:
    Noordzandstraat 1
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 33 32 13
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • 2be Beer Wall
    Bars & Clubs, Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Sravya R Says:

    2be Beer offers a fantastic array of beers, wonderful service and a cracking location. Go for the atmosphere and stay for the quirky flavors!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Sitting out on the sun-kissed terrace overlooking the canal with a glass of beer is simply unbeatable.
    • Be brave and try a coconut beer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 86 Shopping in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice beer shop, but the other shops inside..... 23/03/2019
    • Go see! 20/03/2019
    • 2be Beer Wall
    Address:
    Wollestraat 53
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 61 12 22
    Hours:
    Sun - Tue
    10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Wijnbar Est
    Restaurants (International, Spanish, Belgian)
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    Sravya R Says:

    Head towards Wijnbar Est for lively jazz and blues music on Sunday evenings, and flavorful tapas and wine to match.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Limited space, so book in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just Fantastic 14/01/2019
    • A little disappointed 30/11/2018
    • Wijnbar Est
    Address:
    Braambergstraat 7
    West Vlaanderen
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 478 45 05 55
    Hours:
    Fri - Mon
    4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • De Bottelier
    Restaurants (Belgian, European, International, Mediterranean)
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    Sravya R Says:

    With its eclectic interior and good food, this reasonably-priced bistro is popular with the locals. Expect a relaxing atmosphere with jazz music in the background.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The service is friendly, but can be a little slow.
    • You may like to book in advance; the establishment is small and fills up quickly.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • De-Lightful 18/03/2019
    • Long leisurely dinner 26/12/2018
    • De Bottelier
    Address:
    Sint-Jakobsstraat 63
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 33 18 60
    Price range:
    US$17 - US$28
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bistro De Schaar
    Restaurants (Belgian, European)
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    Sravya R Says:

    Bistro de Schaar provides a cosy setting and delicious, honest French/Belgian cuisine. Meat and fish dishes are prepared on the open fire.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Try a steak, cooked on the open grill.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #94 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect. 05/01/2019
    • Excellent 23/11/2018
    • Bistro De Schaar
    Address:
    Hooistraat 2
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 33 59 79
    Price range:
    US$27 - US$36
    Hours:
    Fri - Tue
    12:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • 't Zwart Huis
    Restaurants (French, Belgian, European, Central European, International)
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    Sravya R Says:

    For a buzzing atmosphere and great music, you won't go wrong with 't Zwart Huis. It draws mostly a mix of young locals and tourists, and is particularly popular for its good food and cool interior — a rather opulent 15th century building with many original features.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Avoid if you are seeking a quiet night out, and want at least a yard between yourself and your neighbor's table.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well, the wine was OK 11/03/2019
    • Nice 07/03/2019
    • 't Zwart Huis
    Address:
    Kuipersstraat 23
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 69 11 40
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$31
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Rock Fort
    Restaurants (French, Belgian, European)
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    Sravya R Says:

    Rock Fort offers up creative, modern, well-conceived dishes that will surely delight your palate. The atmosphere is bright and informal, and you can choose between tapas at the bar or a full course dinner in the restaurant proper.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The wine choice can be limited and expensive.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious 19/02/2019
    • Great food 17/01/2019
    • Rock Fort
    Address:
    Langestraat 15
    Bruges 8000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 50 33 41 13
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$114
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Pergola Kaffee
    Restaurants (Bar, Cafe, Contemporary, Street Food)
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    Sravya R Says:

    If you are looking to splash out on a romantic meal, then this exquisitely pretty restaurant - overlooking the canal — makes for a great choice. Expect delicious, carefully prepared Belgian dishes, good wine and a beautiful setting to round off the perfect evening.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Alternatively, try Park Restaurant, with fabulous food and kind, attentive service.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #399 of 666 restaurants in Bruges
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice and sunny terrasse in Bruges 23/02/2019
    • Excellent little spot overlooking the canal 16/01/2019
    • Pergola Kaffee
    Phone:
    +32 50 44 76 50
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Wed - Thu
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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