In Bruges

Me and my boyfriend both work in the service industry. He’s a chef, I’m a waitress so after working the frantic festive period it only seemed right to treat ourselves and take a holiday. 

We wanted to go somewhere with plenty of character, history and things to do but quaint and quiet so we could relax a little bit. Bruges just seemed like the perfect choice.

Bruges (Brugge) is an idyllic, fairytale town in the West Flanders province of Belgium. With its medieval architecture, cobbled lanes, romantic canals and historic churches its hard not to fall in love.

We were on a post Christmas budget so we checked into the IBIS Brugge Centrum (KATELIJNESTRAAT, 65 A, 8000 – BRUGGE) which cost us 190€ for three nights. The hotel wasn’t even ten minutes from the market square where you’ll find the Belfry tower and the historic centre of Bruges (home to the Basilica of Holy Blood and town hall). The hotel is also just minutes away from the Rosary Quay (Rozenhoedkai) where you’ll see the most enchanting views, it isn’t the most photographed location in Bruges for nothing.

Not only was the location fantastic but the hotel itself was actually brilliant. From the comfy rooms to the all night bar and incredibly friendly and helpful staff I could easily say it’s one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. 

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The hotel reception had an admirable aesthetic 

But enough about my love for IBIS hotels, here are the rest of my highlights from a weekend In Bruges:

Climbing 366 steps to the top of the medieval Belfry Tower (272 ft) and soaking in the magnificent views

Overlooking the canal while indulging in Belgian beer and cheese at The Beer Wall 

Immersing myself in beauty at the Rozenhoedkai

Having a beer on the panoramic terrace at the Duvelorium Grand Beer Café

Indulging in the sixth course Crazy Creations tasting menu at Guillaume. Albeit slightly disappointing for the price we paid – but maybe my expectations are high because of the chef boyfriend – it was still a good meal. However I would be more inclined to recommend a visit to Restaurant De Wijngaert where you can watch the chef cook your meal on a grill in the restaurant and Bar’n for some incredible cocktails.

In fact the food in general was a huge highlight of my trip. You simply cannot go to Belgium without indulging in the delicacies like waffles, chocolate, mayonnaise and moules frites. 

Spending hours just wondering around the city (on foot) and admiring the beautiful architecture and scenery. 

I’m confident that Bruges is one of the most picturesque, charming places I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. So if you’re a fan of good food, great beer and captivating beauty, Bruges should be next on your travel itinary. As Ralph Fiennes so eloquently puts it in the 2008 film ‘In Bruges’, “It’s a fairytale town, isn’t it? How’s a fairytale town not somebody’s fucking thing?” 

Have you been before or are you planning on a visit? Let me know in the comments. 

raegul-anne

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