One of the world’s culinary capitals, Bruges is well known for its flourishing foodie scene. With restaurants, cafés and bars serving up a variety of local and international cuisine, the city even has museums devoted to their national specialities. Whether it’s some tasty grub that takes your fancy or fine dining that attracts you, there are loads of eateries to choose from in this part of Belgium.
Although it’s a small, calm city, Bruges is home to a variety of high end dining establishments. The area has one of the highest numbers of Michelin star restaurants in the world, with eight official ones scattered around the city centre. All of them French restaurants, they range from experimental style food to contemporary French cuisine – depending on your tastes – with top choices including Danny Horseele, De Karmeliet and Hertog Jan.
If you’re more about tucking into good value grub than gourmet, the city’s Friet Museum is the place for you. Not only is it the world’s first museum dedicated to the history and cultural phenomenon that is fries, but there are even workshops for kids on offer. Although Bruges might have a chip on its shoulder about modern day French fries being more well known internationally than Belgium fries, it’s fair to say that they are confident in their own version of the satisfying snack – deep-fried twice to make it extra crispy and usually served with a dollop of mayonnaise on the side. However, if you don’t make it to the museum, there are a range of chip stands or ‘frietkots’ dotted around the city centre from basic kiosks to larger-scale venues where you can sample the local treat.
Choco-story: Chocolate Museum
Those with a sweet tooth should try out Choco-story, Bruges’s very own chocolate museum, which is well worth a visit. From the history of the cocoa bean to discovering the health benefits behind the delectable delicacy, there are loads to learn from the staff of chocolate experts. If you take your sweets really seriously, there’s even a two-hour workshop where you can make your very own chocolate-covered pralines with a group of like-minded cocoa lovers. Entry into the museum is 7 Euros for adults and children’s tickets cost 4 Euros each with workshop fees starting at 10 Euros.