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Things to do in Bruges

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“The 83 meter high belfry or hall tower is Bruges most famous landmark and most symbolic civil monument. Due to the special architecture, the tower is perhaps the most iconic of its kind. warning: you can climb the tower but you have to take into account that some passages are quite narrow. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed to climb the tower at the same time. Keep in mind that there can be a considerable queue.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Museum
“The history of Belgian painting and art. From Van Eyck, Memling to Ensor and Magritte.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great brewery with the best beers of Bruges. They have a unique 3km beer pipeline that lies underneath the city streets! Excellent guided tours with tasting afterwards. The food in their own restaurant is also very nice!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Café
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“ This is a joint-venture between the young people of Bruges and the commune of Bruges. It is a wonderful looking bistro with great selection of food and drinks. It is run by young people who are fluent in multiple languages and eager to help you out with any small detail. It may be crowded which may lead to long waiting hours but usually you are met with the most friendliest crew of Bruges.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Park
“Minnewaterpark. Sometimes called the Love Lake ("Lake of Love" or "Lac d'Amour). It consists of a park and a lake and there are beautiful white swans.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Pub
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“Good for a cup of coffee , a nice local beer and a good plate of food! Almost forgot to tell you, but we run the place :)”
  • 34 locals recommend
Pub
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“Local favourite, good beer and food served with a smile Park 5, 8000 Brugge 050 33 09 16 ”
  • 35 locals recommend
History Museum
“A nice interactive museum about the history of Bruges, located on the Markt. It has recently been rebuilt on the inside, offering VR tours.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bistro
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“Nice bar, with excellent kitchen, Oriental-inspired (hence the name). Very nice terrace in the summer, cosy inside Oostmeers 124, 8000 Brugge 050 33 04 54”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“A good place for a picnic. Or a place to sit down enjoy a sandwich etc. Many events takes place during the summer such as live music events.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Modern architecture isn’t exactly the first thing people think of when it comes to things to do in Bruges, but your trip to this city isn’t complete without at least a stop by the city’s Concertgebouw, a massive and mega-modern relic from Bruges’ stint as European capital of culture of 2002. This relatively young addition to the Bruges skyline is well worth a visit, with a full circuit tour (the Concertgebouw Circuit) that you can complete to get a feel for this impressive building and is collection of modern and sound art. PS: it also happens to be home to one of the best views in the entire city.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Plaza
“The Markt has traditionally been the commercial center of the city and is still partially so. Every Wednesday morning there is still a market here in the morning. The Market is a whole of beautiful facades, including a number of very typical step gables.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Church
“Ancient convent, now occupied by some Benedictines, consisting of charming white houses with an amazingly beautiful garden in the middle and an old convent church. One of the must-sees if you are visiting Bruges... Best visited in the morning, before the crowds.”
  • 17 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Great food to share in a cosy typical medieval house. Very appreciated by locals.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Theme Park
“n the Boudewijn Seapark, the dolphins steal the show with their spectacular leaps and the seals and sea lions perform the craziest tricks. But it is not only the sea mammals in this family park that will charm you, but also the twnety outdoor park attractions that offer guaranteed fun for young and old alike. Finally, Bobo's Indoor has twelve great indoor attractions, and Bobo's Aqua Splash provides 1,100 m² of wonderful water fun.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Route
“If you happen to be in Bruges on a Wednesday morning, do not miss the morning market. Fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants.. And home made delicious waffles! There is also an organic veg and fruit stall, just opposite the Belfry”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“Good for a cup of coffee , a nice local beer and a good plate of food! Almost forgot to tell you, but we run the place :)”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bistro
“Nice bar, with excellent kitchen, Oriental-inspired (hence the name). Very nice terrace in the summer, cosy inside Oostmeers 124, 8000 Brugge 050 33 04 54”
  • 33 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Great food to share in a cosy typical medieval house. Very appreciated by locals.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bistro
“Old gate-house. Now a very nice pub and bistro. Flemish cuisine, world-inspired. Sometimes jazz- & blues gigs Sasplein 2, 8000 Brugge 050 34 35 90”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
“Sanseveria Bruges has been a hotspot for over 5 years. They serve the best bagels in town working with fresh products every day. Sanseveria serves all day breakfast which is always good news. The unique interior combined with the music will trow you back in time. This is the hip side of a medieval city By the way, they're open every day!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bistro
“Stylish place for breakfast and lunch. They serve modern, high quality dishes. Reservations are recommended if you want to be sure of your table. On friday night, they serve dinner too. Closed on sunday.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fine dining, creative and beautifully presented dishes for a reasonable price. There is a 4-course Chef’s menu for 55€. Definitely make a reservation.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“very good local food. Price/quality. 400 Belgian beers. reservate! +32 50 332328”
  • 18 locals recommend

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