Once in a while there are those cities that you never forget… that leave a certain impression on you. This certainly happens to you in Bruges. With its numerous historical buildings, graceful houses, meandering waters and cute cobbled streets, you will be taken back in time. Curious about Bruges’ hotspots? I am happy to share my tips and tell you about the best gastronomic inside addresses.
Workshop in bobbin lace
Lace bobbin lace immerses you in how life used to be in Bruges. It is not just old ladies who still bobbin lace, it is becoming increasingly popular among young people.
What will you learn during such a workshop?
This course is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of bobbin lace. Lace making has been around for centuries and is a true tradition. This artisanal product is unique in the world of crafts. During the workshop, you will be shown the secrets of it all. Lace can be found in all kinds of forms.
Shop till you drop!
Steenstraat is Bruges’ main shopping street. All major retail chains can be found here (clothing, shoes), but also some nice chocolate and chip shops (ps: you can also follow some nice workshops here). Many shops have a centuries-old façade, as the inner city of Bruges is protected by UNESCO, so a stroll through the shopping street is also worthwhile for culture lovers.
Dine in Bruges’ narrowest street
Did you know that De Garre is the narrowest street in Bruges’ city centre? A ‘garre’ is a narrow opening in West Flemish. Yet it has not always had this name! In the 16th century, the name of the Garre was the Zuidzeepstraatje. The name came from the soap factory located here at the time. The Garre has been popularly used since 1800. In that ‘garre’ you have the cosy little restaurant Cookies. Here one returns jazzy back in time. Various tapas are served with a mix of Spanish, iltalian and Belgian products. This is also the ideal place for wine and whiskey lovers.
De Brugse beer
Café ‘t Brugs Beert opened its doors in 1983. Since then, beer has been flowing from the taps for over 35 years. De Brugse Beer was one of the first pubs not to sell lager, and it still does today. Belgian artisanal beer is still central. You can therefore taste some unique Belgian beers. On the façade of the pub you can see the city’s oldest resident and mascot… the Brugse Beer.