What to do in Bruges (Brugge)

Bruges (Brugge) is the capital city of West Flanders (part of the Flemish region in Belgium). It is predominantly Dutch (Flemish colloquially) speaking region. It is also called as the Venice of the North. The historic city center is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It also seats the College of Europe which is an elite institution for European studies. My visit to Bruges is part of my second European trip this year.

So what did I do in Bruges? Check out the photos below:

I took the 10:55 train to Brugge
Kortrijk train station. It was so cold!
My train selfie.

It all started with a train ride. Of course, I wouldn’t miss having my train selfie. I love the weather in Europe in general. It brings out the glow in my skin. How I wish it’s always like this.

I arrived at Brugge! Selfie for documentation purposes.

There’s so much to see in Bruges. From museums, to cafe and to Churches. You name it, the city has it!

There’s so many birds and fowls that can be seen around Bruges
One of the canals in Bruges. Isn’t it lovely?

I had a stopover in Chips&Ice. It’s a Belgian cafe that serves one of the best hot Belgian fries and special waffles.

Hot Belgian Chocolate

I started off with Hot Belgian ChocolateIt was so good. I paired it with Lotus Biscoff. It’s the perfect drink for a cold winter day. It did not stop me from having a large serving of Belgian Fries. Did you know that French fries originated in Belgium and not in France?

Belgian Fries
Authentic Brussels Waffle topped with strawberries and sugar (Gaufre de Bruxelles: Brussels-style waffle)

I then ordered Gaufre de Bruxelles for dessert. I love strawberries so I decided to use that as topping. The waffle is crispy and not oily. It was properly dusted with sugar. I would have wanted it with whipped cream but it’s too much sugar for me!

Inside the Sint-Salvatorskathedraal & Schatkamer
Advent Wreath
Inside the Sint-Salvatorskathedraal & Schatkamer
Inside the Sint-Salvatorskathedraal & Schatkamer

I visited Sint-Salvatorskathedraal & Schatkamer. It was a very nice Cathedral. I have visited other Churches too but this one stood out the most for me.

Christmas Market

There are different Christmas Markets in Brugges. I did some window shopping. Too bad it was raining. I could have explored more.

The Grote Markt is in the center of Bruges.
In Grote Markt, you can see the Historium Brugge
Historium Brugge
Historium Brugge
Emmanuel Damian, first of his name, The Tennis Foodie.

You can also be a king or queen for a day in Historium Brugge. Who sits in the iron throne? Hmmm… well it’s me!

One of the restaurants in Bruges
These are the two things I need right now: Chocolates and Happiness
Belfort Tower
Selfie inside the Belfort Tower

If you’re adventurous enough, you can also try the Torture Museum Oude Steen.

Torture Museum Oude Steen
Torture Museum Oude Steen

Just by walking in Bruges, it makes me beam with a huge smile. It’s a very serene place and it’s a perfect place for a date in my opinion. It’s also a good place for families and friends.

One of the side streets in Bruges

So peaceful!
I want to live in Bruges!

Here are some more miscellaneous pictures:

The Adventures of Tintin

It’s a perfect day!

I’ll definitely go back to Bruges. It’s one of my favorite cities in Europe and it’s definitely blog worthy!

Check out my other European related articles:

  1. My Eatalian Trip
  2. 1 euro meal at 100 Montaditos Colosseo
  3. “Fol” in love with popcorn
  4. Nutella Crepe at Le Chapeau Bistrot
  5. Authentic Italian Experience at Talea
  6. Christmas Market in Frankfurt

Till my next European Trip! Watch this space for more updates.

The Tennis Foodie 🙂

81 thoughts on “What to do in Bruges (Brugge)”

  1. I was just wondering if you were going to be the father of dragons as well as all of your other titles. I just couldn’t be sure. Looks like there are a ton of things to do there and I love all of the churches. Although I definitely could not miss out on the hot chocolate or the Belgian waffles.

  2. Wow! It looks like you had a fabulous European vacation! I love all the images and descriptions. One day I’d love to visit Belgium. Fingers crossed it will happen!

  3. Never heard of this place but it looks beautiful. And who wouldn’t want to be king or queen for the day! Haha! I know I wouldn’t mind.

  4. I just love it here! I lived in Belgium for 3 years, and my parents brought me to this town. I didn’t appreciate it fully then, so I hope to go back one day. I miss the waffles!

  5. Awwww! Thank you for taking us around Brugge with you! Your selfies definitely made me smile they were so cute! I felt like I was right there with you so this was a brilliant post.

  6. I have been to Brugge and it is one of the best places in Belgium. The city is traditional yet inspiring for any visitor to spend time and learn about the Belgium culture.

  7. Brugge is so beautiful! the buildings are just amazing! the craftsmanship is just something amazing. something we can’t find in this day and age!

  8. Wow some amazing photos of the churches – looks like a great place to visit! And I didn’t know that about French Fries!

  9. I have never been to Bruges. However the city is beautiful! You captured this city beautifully.

  10. Bruges is at the top of my travel wish list! The food all looks delicious – I am all about the Belgian fries! Thanks for taking me virtually to this great city. Now I have to get there in person!

  11. I really enjoy following every stop of your trip. I love the cafe and the chocolate. You have great pictures. I need to add this to my travel list.

  12. I would give anything to visit Belgium! When I do, I’m definitely going to check out Bruges! I love those canals, they are stunning!

  13. I really enjoyed reading this article. It’s like reading but virtually touring the city ( with the help of the awesome pictures of course ). Looks like a really good place to actually visit. Plus the hot chocolate. Not to mention, the fun facts added along the way. Nice one.

  14. Bruges looks like such a beautiful city! So charming and interesting to visit, love it!

  15. I was just saying to my boyfriend last night how much I wanted to go to Brugge and reading this post has just increased that want! Looks like you had a fab time 🙂

  16. I have never been to Burges bit it seems to be a lovely city to visit.. those pictures are beautiful would love to visit one day ☺️

  17. Really nice pictures. The country is beautiful and I believe all the European countries have a charm of their own. You must have had a great time with lots o things to see and explore.

  18. It looks like you had a wonderful trip. I’ve been there in Burges, I think the year 2016 visited my friends there. and I say Burges is such a wonderful place to visit because of its stunning views and sceneries.

  19. Looks like you had a lot of fun in Brussels! Oh my the Waffels look great! Planning a Europe trip next summer as well, might find myself in Brussel too! Thanks for sharing!

  20. I went to Brugge and Gent in Belgium for Christmas and totally loved it. The lights and food was lovely… especially the chocolates. I went to a place that served the best steaks. Fab holiday

  21. Brugge is on my bucket list. (I know I keep saying this, but really all of Europe is on my bucket list, LOL!) It looks like it was beautiful and you were brave to go in winter! How did you like the train ride? It looks like it was a nice train?

  22. One has to stop for Belgian Hot Chocolate while in the country, right? Your hot chocolate looks so delicious. I want a cup of it even though it’s summer now in the U.S. Haha… The waffle looks delicious, too. If I was there, I would like to order one with Nutella topping. 🙂 While in Belgium, it’s all about chocolate. Theirs are the best!

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  24. What a beautiful City. I have never heard of a place like that. I love Sint-Salvatorskathedraal and the museum. I think I have to experience this myself soon.
    Thanks for sharing Bro

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  26. Many years ago, I lived in Belgium for some time. Now a lot has changed! But still, this is the perfect place for me! I plan to be there after quarantine! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Chocolate, waffles, and beer- those are the food/drink items I think about when I think of Belgium. Bruges has much to offer for foodies, that I am certain.

  28. I visited Bruges a long time ago with my mum and it is such a charming place perfect for mooching around the quaint streets and enjoying some moules frites and hot chocolate!

  29. Bruges looks like a beautiful place to visit! And the food looks amazing (I mean, who could possibly say no to those fries! Yum!) The museums and beautiful buildings would be amazing to see in person. Thank you for sharing your trip with us!

  30. I also visited Bruges in winter – but it was less cold than when you were there. However, isn’t it great that all the Belgian classics such as cocoa and waffles are made for cold weather ;-)?

  31. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Belgium seems like such an interesting country. Belgium beers are among the best ones in the world.

  32. Sounds like you managed to get up to quite a bit on your visit. Ha, King or Queen for a day. That sounds like it could be fun!

  33. The food looks delicious! A hot Belgian chocolate is a must for me to try!

  34. Very informative. I’ve never considered Bruges as a place to visit but I just might now once we’re allowed to travel freely again.

  35. What a great trip you had. I’d love to visit the place too. Their buildings look amazing. I’d take thousands of photos when I get here

  36. Bruges sounds to be a great place to visit. We would definitely consider this on our next Eu/UK trip! Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience!

  37. This looks like such a great place to visit! I’ve never thought about Bruges as a place to visit, but I’m bookmarking it now!

  38. Been planning to visit here but haven’t pushed through yet. Definitely a great place to explore. Will take note of this so I can make this as a reference. Thank you!

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