Waffles, chocolate, beer. Think I’m in heaven! Bruges is such a fantastic place to visit! If you have never been to Belgium before, then add it to your bucket list.
Read all about Bruges attractions we visited. Find out how Bruges sparked a new interest for me, where you can find the best hot chocolate, how much things cost, and recommended beers to try in Bruges.
Bruges Market Square
The main area in Bruges is the market square, with the nice sound of the Belfry tower chiming and the buildings that look like little advent calendars. There are loads of lovely, little chocolate shops and sometimes it feels like you are going back in time. When you see the horses and carriages around the roads…
Bruges History Tour
We started our visit to Bruges by going on a two-hour walking history tour. This was something I didn’t want to do at first. as I am not into history and can find them a bit boring. But Alan wanted to do this. I, however, wanted to go on the food tasting tour around Bruges and I walked passed them eating waffles. (jealous)
But saying that, I am glad I went on the history tour…It was fantastic! We are definitely going to be doing history tours whenever we visit new countries from now on!
The tour guide took us around Bruges and told us some great history stories. On why Bruges has to have swans and what happened to Bruges golden dragon and a sad story of the blind donkey. You can also go to see Jesus’s blood which was interesting.
Our tour guide also showed us the Bruges spot where the most pictures are taken. Not only is it an interesting tour, but it’s good to have taken us around Bruges so we know where everything is.
At the end of the tour, we were given a voucher for half-priced waffles at the waffle stand. These were to die for! We had cream and strawberry waffle, delicious!
The Best Hot Chocolate… Ever!
Next, we headed to the old chocolate house. Definitely, a must do, if you visit Bruges. It’s the best hot chocolate you will ever taste in your life! The old chocolate house Is a cafe upstairs from a chocolate shop.
You can order a hot chocolate here. The waiter brings out a big cup of warm milk and then lays a tray out in front of you, on what appears to be cupcakes. But they are actually full of chocolate that you drop into your warm milk and stir.
I ordered the salted caramel chocolate and Alan had the snickers one. Was the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted. Very rich in flavour.
Food And Drink Tasting Tour
We also went on the food tasting tour (the one I really wanted to do instead of the history tour), This was just ok. We tasted chips, chocolate, pralines, waffles and the last stop was a pub called Bourgogne Des Flandres and we tried a beer.
It was a nice pub and if you go to the front outside, you can sit on the balcony and watch the canal and the boats go by. We could have easily sat there all day.
But while we were there, there was also a beer tour that we could go on to see how beer is made. This comes with headsets and you can listen to the commentary. It was interesting. We also got to taste the liquid before it was actually made into the beer. It was gross. We also got a ticket for a free beer at the end.
Boat Ride Along The Canal
Our last stop was a ride on a boat along the canal. You get to see a different perspective of Bruges. It was good to relax at the end of the day and take in the views.
We stayed in a hotel called the Ibis Budget. Which is right near the train station. Was a good hotel. Just the basics and what we need. And was about a 20-minute walk to the main centre of Bruges.
There were some good bars just around the corner to the Ibis hotel. One of them was the Halte 5 bar. It had a nice, relaxing atmosphere to it and we sat outside with a few drinks.
There was also a Dominoes pizza and a Subway next to the bar. So Alan got to try his first Domino pizza and subway! He loved it!
Remember in Belgium – the beer can be of high percentage and they make such strong beer! You could be drunk after one! We ordered a few to try from one bar. One called Rochefort but was a waste of money as I couldn’t drink them. Was way too strong for me Even the chocolate one which sounded nice, I didn’t like.
Alan and I are used to Carling and Budweiser. So if you like these, then I would recommend trying Jupiler or Zot these are both nice beers.
There are many bars in Belgium that you can buy a beer tasting tray. Just choose the six beers you would like to try and they will give you them in glasses all lined up on a tray. Bourgogne Des Flandres and Le Trappist do this.
Bruges At Night
And I think Bruges looks amazing at night. We wandered into the main area of Bruges at night…
Ibis Budget Hotel: £103 a night
Boat trip: 8 euros
History tour and food tasting tour: These are promoted as free, But in the end, you can decide how much money to give them. Depending on how much you liked the tour, We gave them 15 euros each.
Brewery tour: 10.50 per person
Beer: £2.77 – £4.59
Food: There are lots of cheap cafes and carts selling cheap food. We just wandered around Bruges town centre looking for boards put outside promoting cheap breakfasts and food