Bruges is probably one of the most beautiful cities I’ll ever come across. I had the pleasure of living there for 7 months last year and during that time I came to know every little corner of the city. It might be small, but it’s filled with picturesque squares and cosy cafes. If you ever find yourself in Bruges, i’d recommend snugging up for a hot chocolate and a homemade Belgian waffle at one of the places…
Books & Brunch
While the term ‘brunch’ is very limited at restaurants in Bruges (or in any other Belgian city for that matter), this little place is the perfect spot for a late breakfast or early lunch. The café is owned by a couple who finds great pleasure in creating homemade delicacies like juices, cakes, soups and bread, but I’d recommend the breakfast (and homemade lemonade), which is served from 9am from Monday-Friday.
Books & Brunch offer free wi-fi, wherefore I often went there with my laptop for work. However, you should take advantage of the large book selection as well - upstairs you’ll find books and magazines in English and downstairs it’s filled with books in Dutch, and most of them are for sale. Do come early as the place tends to be filled around 1pm. Closed in weekends.
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Imagine the concept of English high tea wrapped in floral curtains, cosy couches and pink service. Then add a menu card full of luscious desserts and cakes and you’ll have Prestige.
This small yet very charming café close to Markt (main square of Bruges) is widely popular amongst both locals and tourists, who come there for the homemade pancakes, waffles and hot chocolate. It’s like entering another era when crossing the doorstep. I’d recommend the pancakes (to die for!), but make sure to be hungry before ordering a plate - or share with a friend! Getting a table can be tricky, so be there in time.
Le Pain Quotidien
This café is actually part of a French chain, which has grown to be so popular, that one can find them in both Argentina, Russia and United Arab Emirates. But it’s also to be found in Bruges, and I enjoyed several late breakfasts here. Bread and cakes are organic and very tasty, and the menu itself is very laid-back and simple. Drop in for some fresh fruit salad, organic yogurt with homemade granola or a slice of freshly baked bread with a spread of homemade jam.
Le Pain Quotidien is also well-known for their simple and rustic interior design consisting of undressed refectory tables and wooden shelfs. It’s all very cosy and homely, but the space is quite tight and you may have to share tables with people you don’t know (a perfect way to meet new people if traveling alone!)
Dell’ Arte is both a tea room, brasserie and restaurant in one, meaning that you can get almost anything you crave for. Drop by for a Croque Monsieur or an omelette with cheese if you’re just a little hungry or go for a pancake and a home-made milkshake if you have a serious sugar craving! You won’t be disappointed.
Enjoy your meal in the outside atrium during summer and snug up in front of the cosy fireplace during winter. Closed Sunday evening and Monday.
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Also read: Ladurée - The must-try bakery when in Paris!