THE TOWN BRUGES
Our Favourite Things To Do in Bruges
From chocolate munching to diamond crunching, Bruges is a hot bed of fun things - to see and do, whatever time of year youíre in town. Here to help you fill your trip, is our hand picked selection of activities and attractions.
The Chocolate Line
For something sweet between biking and beers, head to The Chocolate Line on Simon Stevinplein. At this chocolaterie every single mouth watering treat before you is made on site, using only the finest ingredients, imported from around the world. Top of your list to try should be the heavenly salted caramels! Alas these treats donít come cheap, so if youíre looking to gift the guys back home, grab some cheaper chocolate at the supermarkets on Oude Burg, Langestraat and Noordzandstraat!
Canal Boat Tours
Bruges is a small enough city but like most places with narrow cobbled streets and reasonably tall buildings, itís easy to get lost. To combat this problem, jump on a boat tour and get your bearings. They start out from the canal just south of Burg Square and all tours are priced around the twelve euro mark, complete with multi-lingual guides.
Brunch, Coffee and Cake at Het Dagelijks Brood
The whiff of fresh bread and desserts drifting out of this place is irresistible! Inside youíll find travellers and locals alike, sitting together on long wooden tables - adorned with giant blocks of butter, home made jam, an arsenal of freshly baked breads and a super sharp coffee collection. Find this slice of heaven near the Burg on Philipstockstraat.
The Choco Story
When you walk in you get a free chocolate, when you walk through you smell the fresh chocolate, at the end you get to watch chocolate being made and on the way out you are given more free chocolate. Need we say more? Between cocoa cravings it's worth sitting through the movie upstairs which narrates the fascination history and production process of our favourite treat. This one is just north of the city centre on Wijnzakstraat.
The Cinema Lumiere
If you have a free evening in Bruges then the Cinema Lumiere is a guaranteed good time. This independent picture house showcases films in a variety of languages and the red velvet seats are a nice, plush bonus. You'll find it at 36 Sint Jacobsstraat, just up from Markt Square - open in the evenings only.
The Diamond Museum
At the Diamond Museum you can enjoy a hilariously entertaining polishing session, at midday, everyday. Diamond master Devos Jan scares the life out of the ladies by pretending to destroy their wedding rings, but also teaches you everything you need to know about these precious rocks. The highlight has to be Janís unabashed account of how canary cut monstrosities get on the fingers of the rich and famous. Find the museum on Katelijnestraat.
Flemish Flavours at the Local Markets
For good food don't miss the market on 't Zand. Saturday mornings are when the best offers come out to play but if you're also around for the first half of Wednesdays, you can have stall based fun in Markt Square too. There's fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, roasted nuts, wine and more cheese than you can handle - at both. Try a free sample at every stall - just like the locals.
The Groeninge Museum
This staple in the Flemish cultural diet is always home to the best exhibits and with affordable tickets, it won't wipe out your travel budget. Youíll find the museum just off Dijver - near the city centre.