Whenever you go to Bruges, there's a Belgian menu waiting for you. In winter, look for the warmest places and the most consistent dishes to escape the cold. Have a good beer to wash down your meal and whatever you do, don't leave without taking a bite of their chocolates.
If you have booked an excursion to Bruges from Brussels, you will have free time to choose a restaurant, quietly enjoy its most typical dishes and feel like a Belgian. I will help you to choose so that you leave there with the best taste in your mouth.
1. The classic Belgian soup to keep out the cold
If you visit Belgium during the coldest months of the year, you will have noticed that temperatures are quite low. To make sure the cold doesn't dampen your visit, you'll need a nice warm meal to help you get your strength back.
And for that, nothing better than a classic Belgian soup accompanied by good bread and the typical croutons (or croutons). In Soup you will find just what you are looking for and also at an unbeatable price. The soup of the day costs about 6 € and if you want to accompany it with half a sandwich, the full menu will cost you 9.50 €.
In addition, they are fast and super friendly, which will make you leave there with strength and eager to continue touring Bruges and knowing its streets and its people.
2. The best Belgian breakfast is at Tattie's and can be eaten at any time of the day
Juices, croissants, toasted bread, all kinds of teas and coffees? If you are one of those who enjoy breakfast like no one else, you won't mind stopping by Tattie's at any time of the day and have a brunch to your liking.
The place is very small, could not be more cozy, and is a favorite of Belgians (you just have to see the love they give them in the reviews on the Internet!) Special mention should be made of their bread rolls, which are baked there every day by their loving owner.
Treat yourself and "have breakfast" at Tattie's at any time.... Don't they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
3. Fish, meats and gourmet wines at Réliva: the richest organic restaurant in Bruges
Réliva are big words: here you will find a menu with natural and high quality products, a super varied menu and an exquisite service.
The tranquility of the street in which it is located will get you in the mood: in Réliva everyone talks quietly, the place is beautiful and the food is delicious. Isn't this the best recipe to enjoy a good menu during your trip to Bruges?
Let yourself be recommended by the staff (they are all locals) and they will recommend you the freshest products of the season. Finger-licking good, believe me!
4. The waffles at Chez Albert need no introduction
In Belgium you also come to eat sweets, and among them the waffle is the Belgian king. You will see thousands of places, both in Brussels and Bruges, ready to prepare a good waffle with all the love in the world, but if you want to try one of the best, go to Chez Albert.
My favorite will always be the one accompanied by strawberries and cream (and of course, a good Belgian chocolate). A tip? Find a little bench overlooking a square or canal that has stolen your heart and do not hesitate to sit for a while and enjoy it looking at the horizon and watching the people passing by. It will be one of the highlights of your trip, for sure.
5. Taste an exquisite beer at Le Trappiste
If you are organizing your trip to Belgium, whether you like it or not, you will end up tasting (and enjoying) their craft beers (I didn't even know there were so many different types of beer!). Summer or winter, a good cold beer will warm you up, especially if you drink it at Le Trappiste.
Its medieval tavern atmosphere (which is 800 years old!!!!) and the beauty of its walls and stone arches will make you travel back in time, forget what time it is and enjoy a good beer as the Belgians do.
They also have an online store and a beautiful collection of bottled beers in bottles and cans of different shapes and colors that you will want to take home in your suitcase (even if they are already empty!).
6. Binge on mussels at Poules Moules
If you want to live like a Belgian for a few days, you will have to eat like a Belgian. And that means treating yourself to some mussels during your visit to Belgium. After having tried several places, my favorite is undoubtedly Poules Moules.
The place could not be more authentic, both inside and on its cozy terrace. You can order not only mussels but also all kinds of seafood (again, always be advised by the staff) and you will not leave without having licked your fingers.
You can combine them with the soup of the day and of course, with fries (yes, yes, you read that right). In Belgium any excuse (and menu) is good to eat fries.
7. French fries can also be Gourmet, at The Potato Bar
And continuing with the most deeply rooted Belgian tradition, it is the turn of the acclaimed French fries. If you want the best (because talking about fries, there are different kinds), don't hesitate and go to The Potato Bar.
You will find an industrial place ready to make you salivate with each of its delicacies: their croquettes and burgers are the best and the fries, served with the toppings you choose from the menu, will not leave you indifferent.
You can also try their fried eggs. After all, you'll be walking around Bruges all day and it's okay to skip your diet for a day, don't you think?
8. The best Belgian chocolate, at The Old Chocolate House
And the last place in the ranking, because the best is always left for last, is the sweet end of the day. There will not be a day in Belgium in which you do not fall into the temptation of snacking in one of its chocolate shops. On your way through Bruges, the best I can recommend is The Old Chocolate House.
Its chocolates and sweets, perfectly displayed in showcases and delicate shelves will make you dream of taking it all home. And I don't blame you. Take the opportunity to take home some sugary souvenirs to surprise your family and friends when you return from your trip.
The presentation more than lives up to the taste. What I can't promise you is that those chocolates will travel home without you having devoured them first!