Chocolate and French fries are the best-known Belgian specialties, which can be found in top quality in Bruges. Fine dining lovers will also find a good selection in Flanders’ capital or neighbouring Zeebrugge.
Bruges offers a variety of food for every taste and requirement. The hotel restaurants are often close by. If you are looking for something special, the reception of your accommodation can certainly help you with recommendations of the hottest establishments at the moment. The tourist information office will also be happy to help you with a list of Bruges’ current eight star restaurants and a list of establishments mentioned in Gault Millau. If you prefer regional specialities, in Bruges you have the choice between savoury and sweet.
Belgian specialities in many variations
Belgium is famous for the world’s best French fries. Depending on your taste, rustic on your hand while strolling through the city or in a noble ambience not quite in style, but delicious on china. You can even trace the history of the rustic speciality in the Pommes frites museum before you let yourself be tempted by the culinary delights.
Connoisseurs call Bruges the capital of chocolate. If Belgian chocolates, which are appreciated all over the world, are also one of your favourite sweets, don’t miss the tastings in one of the countless chocolate shops or in the chocolate museum, apart from the traditional restaurant tasting. Particularly “sweet” city visitors can also skip lunch and/or dinner and devote themselves to the flavours of the most beautiful secondary thing in the world on a chocolate walk and enjoy it at leisure.
Culinary excursions to Zeebrugge
Not just a family holiday destination, Zeebrugge, which is organisationally part of Bruges, is worth a worthwhile detour. Fresh fish and a correspondingly well-developed fish gastronomy are the treasures of this harbour town, which is connected to Bruges by a canal. After a visit to the fish auction hall right next to Belgium’s largest fishing port, the country’s best fish restaurants, appreciated by gourmets, look forward to welcoming you.
Tourist tips on eating out in Bruges
When dining out in Bruges, as in all of Belgium, taxes and a 16 percent “service” charge are already included in the price. If you are very happy with the cuisine or service, you can tip extra. For other services such as cloakroom or toilet, the costs are at a similar level to Germany and there are usually notices indicating the expected amounts.