A Day in Bruges: Food & Travel Highlights

So Saturday just gone, I went on an amazing day trip to Bruges. And as I love sharing my travel articles, I thought I would write an article all about the food and my time exploring this beautiful city. It was brilliant day, we travelled through three different countries in just one day and sampled some really amazing food and also saw some brilliant sites. To take you back to the start of the day, we woke up early (4:30am!) and travelled to the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone. Then it was good bye England and bonjour France just 35 minutes later. We arrived in Calais, and then travelled about an hour journey along North-Eastern France and arrived in Bruges just before mid morning local time. I was really excited to travel back to Belgium, I’ve visited once before for a Battlefield’s trip which was an amazing experience, so coming back again was really great fun. It was also my first time visiting Bruges/Brugge. The day was really lovely and Bruges is such a lovely & idyllic city worth visiting!

bruges water

bruges

The beautiful Koning Albertpark full of tulips

bruges flowers

bruges sites

bruges tower

The Belfry/Belfort of Bruges- Medieval Bell Tower

brugge lace

Bruges is famous for it’s lace making 

belgian break

Walking around the Sint-Salvatorskathedraal (Holy Savior Cathedral) 

bruges canal

ROZENHOEDKAAI- this is one of the most photographed spots in Bruges

bruges

Walking around the Markt (market square)

Now for the food…

I’ve picked my three top foods to try in Bruges. All of these foods included are street foods- so you can enjoy eating whilst walking around the city. I really love the simplicity of Belgian food, it’s edgy, quick to make and tastes really good.

Traditional Belgian Frites & Mayo

This is a traditional Belgian food- if you thought the French created this, then you’re wrong. The locals are very proud of their cuisine and as a tourist I couldn’t wait to try! Make sure you buy your Frites from a Friterie and I recommend eating the frites, or frietjes as they’re known in Flemish with some sort of condiment (we LOVE mayo, so that was our choice!), but there are other sauce choices such as ketchup, curry ketchup and tartare sauce. Enjoy whilst sitting or strolling around the Markt and soak up the atmosphere. As you can see from the picture below, the Frites are mega in Belgium, for very little money you get a really generous portion. The frites were also really well salted and the homemade mayo was the best I’ve had. I’m now going to try my best to recreate a recipe for you, so do watch out for that very soon!

frites and mayo

Classic Waffles

We were actually in a chocolate shop just by the Waterways and we noticed the shop sold waffles. I’ve had Belgian waffles from Ypres before, and these waffles were equally as tasty and very luxurious! We had a choice of chocolate sauce, caramel or whipped cream. So of course, as the Belgians are famous for their chocolate I had no other choice but to dig into a delicious and very moorish chocolate sauce-drizzled waffle. Between us, we also tried a caramel waffle and a whipped cream topped waffle (looking at the picture, they’re very generous with the cream!). I would’ve loved all the three different combinations on one waffle! These waffles were also cooked to order and you could definitely tell they were freshly made to order. Amazing, buttery, and one of my favourites for sure!

waffles

Belgian Chocolate

I think we can all agree that Belgian chocolate is probably some of, or if not the best chocolate in the world. Rich, smooth and full of so many different chocolate flavour/filling combinations. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many different chocolate flavours ever before, anything from Tia Maria Cream (I love coffee and chocolate!), to hazelnut and to the classic sea shell chocolates. Also, when you go to Belgium there is literally a chocolate shop around every corner you turn- so you’re spoilt for choice! There are some benefits to travelling to Bruges at Easter, many of the chocolate shop windows are full of Easter chocolate displays- I love the tea cup full of Easter egg truffles in the below photos! Next time I’m in Bruges I will definitely visit the Chocolate museum- as I read about it and it sounds great fun.

easter and chocolate in bruges

Look at all that chocolate heaven…you can even buy your own chocolate bar to remember Brugge by! 

Even though I’ve listed three of the must try foods, you can also try looks of other things! I took a few photos as we were walking around the city…

sweet and savoury in bruges

Lots of sweet and savoury food…and how about some chic cupcakes too?

cupcakes brugge copy

 

I loved everything about Bruges, the atmosphere, culture, the friendly and welcoming people, and of course the brilliant food we got to try! We decided to walk around the city, but you could cycle around or tour by boat- both choices being very popular.

After one day in Bruges we’re already planning another trip back in the Summer and we would also LOVE to explore more of Belgium as well. I would definitely recommend Bruges as a lovely break. Whether it’s for one day or more, you’ll love it!

To find out more about the city click here.

jess

 

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88 thoughts on “A Day in Bruges: Food & Travel Highlights

  1. Oh your time in Bruges sounds amazing!! I didn’t have enough time to visit Bruges when I was in Belgium, so I’m totally living through your photos! The Market Square looks absolutely ADORABLE, and I bet it was amazing being in Belgium in the lead up to Easter. Thanks for sharing (and giving me travel envy haha)

    • Thanks Gab! If you’re ever travelling around Europe again, I definitely recommend Bruges- beautiful city! The Markt was amazing- full of so much history and some amazing Friteries! The Easter chocolate displays are amazing as well!

  2. Looks like a fantastic trip! I always love seeing pictures from others’ travels – especially the food. Those little chocolates look incredible.

    • Haha, I could’ve eaten so much whilst I was there! Moules Frite is definitely on my list next time and I could have run the shops out of chocolate too! The waffles were so good too! :)

    • I know, typically French way of thinking! The Belgian food is definitely more than just Frites- delicious chocolate and beyond amazing waffles slathered in sauce- I pick that kind of food any day!

    • It is pure paradise! Fries and mayo- always a big hit! I’ve been eating chips and mayo for as long as I can remember- so we both have something in common with the Belgians! :)

    • My absolute pleasure- was a lot of fun! The Markt is an amazing area, lots of history and full of various brilliant restaurants and street food stalls. I bet Amsterdam was an amazing city to visit- definitely down on my go-to list!

  3. Wow – what beautiful tulips!!! The waffles and chocolates look to die for too, but I’m not so sure about the fries with mayo. I’ve heard that homemade mayo is a completely different creature than storebought – maybe I’ll have to give it a try after all!

    • Thank you!! The waffles were all amazing- I devoured my portion without any problems! I LOVE frites and mayo- so I knew I was gonna love the proper Belgian kind- fresh mayo is better on so many un-describable levels! You definitely need to try, I’m actually hoping to put up a recipe in a few weeks too!

    • Thanks so much Helen! Brugge is such an amazing place, you’ll love revisiting the city again! Aren’t frites, waffles and chocolate the best foods ever?! Hope you do go back!

  4. I couldn’t agree more with you about Bruges. I visited it like 15 year ago (maybe more); my first thought was how such a small place can possibly house so many beautiful treasures!!!
    Great pics, Jess; now I positively long to go back there…
    Besos

  5. Jess! This is crazy good timing. I’m actually heading over to Brussels (and of course Bruges) in a couple of weeks. I totally took notes from your pictures and advice. Thank you for posting this!! And to think that we almost crossed paths, too. :-)

    • Hi David! Wow, so happy you’re going to head over to Brussels and Bruges- super exciting! I really enjoyed just one day- definitely could’ve spent even longer in beautiful Belgium. It’s weird nearly crossing paths as well! :)

  6. Such a delicious Post Jess. I went to the world expo a few years back and in the belgium pavillion we went nuts and ate so many tasty things. Including frites with mayo, waffles and yes, the best beers ever. Europe is high on my #wishlist indeed.

    • Hi Amy, thanks for stopping by! That sounds absolutely amazing fun, the Belgian food is so good! I was meaning to try some beer as well too- maybe next time! See i’d love to see more of Europe, but a tour of Australia is on my wish list now!

  7. Too funny, my mother went to Bruges last week too!! I have never been but would love to. Such a lovely post Jess, and all that delicious Belgium food….;-)

  8. Sigh! So beautiful…! I wish. It’s so cool that you can breeze through three different countries in a morning’s time! And there’s so much to see in Bruges. Thanks for sharing, it’s fun to live vicariously through you!

    • Hi Allie! Bruges was amazing, I can’t wait to go back and visit again! I know, it’s weird living in the South-East of England we’re quite close to other countries- so a day trip sometimes is a brilliant, fun thing to do! Glad you like the article, thanks for stopping by! :)

  9. I am so jealous that you live close enough to do a day trip. I have wanted to visit for a long time but haven’t had the chance. Your pictures are beautiful, and I’d love to try the foods. Looking forward to your recipe recreation!

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