It must have started when I was a little girl watching way too many Disney movies, but y’all I believe in fairytales. So when I was looking at places to visit while in Belgium and I read that Bruge is known to be a town that looks like it is straight out of a fairytale, I knew I had to visit. Known for it’s medieval architecture and canals, not to mention the hundreds of chocolate shops, I couldn’t get there quick enough!
But with me and traveling, getting there was not as easy as I hoped. I caught the train from Brussels, which is a whole ‘nother blog post of itself. I got SO lost and eventually had the whole train of passengers trying to help me because I was on my way towards a 2 hour ride out of the way, when truly it should have been an easy ride from Brussels. So don’t let that scare you, it should be easy to get to Bruge from Belgium, but I didn’t read the signs right in the train station!
But it was so worth it once I got there!
Where to Go:
The whole city is super walkable and you can’t really take a wrong turn because the whole place is view worthy! I wandered the streets, making my way towards Markt square — almost like a city center square of Bruges. The area was super lively and I recommend checking it out to really take in the city.
Where to Eat:
I ate lunch at Tom Pouce and if you are craving delicious mussels and a local beer, I recommend this spot! The service was amazing, also! And for all my dessert loving, sweet tooth friends, there is a chocolate and gelato shop steps away!
If you have time, I was told the canal rides are totally worth the fee. Who cares how touristy you look! I didn’t find them to be too expensive, but sadly, it started to rain when I was in the queue, so just another reason to go back and visit the city!
What to Buy:
Lastly, the best souvenir from Bruge is definitely the chocolate. All the shops allow you to do taste testing and that sneaky tacky makes your taste buds demand you buy some for later, I promise! The chocolatiers say the chocolate does melt semi quickly, so they sell frozen/ cold bags in the stores to keep the chocolate chilled. Also, FYI, you can’t pick a bad chocolate shop! They are all AMAZING!