When in Bruges – hotspots and must see

The historic centre of old Bruges becomes even more romantic, more poetic in Spring. Bruges is a romantic city like no other. The swans on the canals, the winding medieval lanes and little cobblestone squares all contribute to the city’s fabled ambience. irenevanguin-travel-hotspot-brugge-begijnenhof3-when-in-brugesirenevanguin-travel-hotspot-brugge-begijnenhof2when-in-bruges-irenevanguin-travel-hotspot-brugge-begijnenhofBegijnhof (Beguinage) – The ‘Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde’ with its white-coloured house fronts, tranquil convent garden and beguinage museum was founded in 1245.  Open from 10:00 am – 17:00 pm




Belfort (Belfry & Carillon) – When in bruges you can’t miss the most important tower that stands 83 metres tall. It houses, amongst other things, a carillon with 47 melodious bells.


A visit to Bruges isn’t complete without a boat trip on its canals. Go aboard at any of the five landing stages for a half-hour trip that allows you to appreciate the most noteworthy delights of the city from a completely different angle. March to mid-November: daily 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. (last departure at 5.30 p.m.).irenevanguin-travel-hotspot-brugge-halve-maan-straffe-hendrik-brasserie-manufacturer irenevanguin-travel-hotspot-brugge-halve-maan-straffe-hendrik-manufacturer

The ‘Halve Maan’ (Half Moon) is an authentic and historic brewery in the centre of Bruges. This ‘home’ brewery is a family business with a tradition stretching back through six generations to 1856. This is where the Bruges city beer – the ‘Brugse Zot’ – is brewed: a strong-tasting, high-fermentation beer based on malt, hops and special yeast. There are guided tours of the brewery every day in a number of different languages. After the tour, visitors are treated to the blond version of the Brugse Zot!

Address: Walplein 26, 8000 Brugge


Belgian Pigeon house has taken Bruges’ contemporary dining to a new level. This new restaurant has a sustainable, vibrant and stylish concept. The biological menu is filled with delicious, modern dishes which are all tastefully presented.

Sint Jansplein 12 – 8000 Brugge Centrum

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Hidden behind a stone archway, De Republiek has a trendy bar and historic décor attracting the local crowd. The Bruges’ version of a Grand Café. Here, in the morning you can enjoy a cup of coffee, have your afternoon tea on the cosy sheltered inner patio, and in the evening you end your dinner with a couple of delicious cocktails. And afterwards there will definitely be a party.

Address: Sint-Jakobsstraat 36, 8000 Brugge Centrum




  • Kelly says:

    Lovely little review of Brugge, I really want to visit soon as it’s not too far away from my location. By the way I’m in love with that yellow dress, it looks so amazing and summery!

    Kelly Knows It | A lifestyle blog

  • Evi says:

    I love Bruges too. It is basically a big version of the town I live in (Tongeren) which, by the way, is also worth a visit. In Bruges, there’s also this place called “Chez Vincent” where you can get fries and hamburgers, served as if you were sitting in a very chique restaurant. I would definitely recommend that!

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