Day Tripping: Bruges, Belgium

During my trip to Paris, I decided to take a bus tour through Bruges, Belgium. Along with a few other canal cities in Europe, it’s often referred to as “The Venice of the North” and needless to say, it did not disappoint.

A canal in Bruges, Belgium

We took-off from Paris on a double decker tour bus operated through Viator. We chose to go through a tour company because it was easier (and far less expensive!) than trekking to another country by ourselves, and I’m glad we did. Not only were the guides helpful when we had questions, but the ride there was also narrated +made stops on both the way there and home for snacks (praise the Lord.)

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That being said, we didn’t stick with the group. Because of the limited time, we got there and took off to explore our “must do’s” on our own.

De Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges Review

First things first, lunch at De Halve Maan Brewery. This centuries old beer-lovers-paradise definitely did not disappoint and I highly recommend stopping-in! The history is abundant and the food delicious. I had the Wisconsin Cheddar (I’m from WI, so I had to try it of course;)) Beer Soup and it. was. phenom.

De Halve Maan Brewery Belgium

Have lunch at De Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges!

 

An authentic Belgian waffle in Bruges with toppings

Next stop? Dessert! We stopped in for an authentic Belgium waffle topped with whipped creme and cherries. It was Heaven, you guys. Like, I am still dreaming about it, can I not? 

Note: Waffles are offered just about everywhere + they all looked divine. We popped-in to a little shop we happened to be walking past and encourage you to do the same. The serendipitous yummy eats are half the fun!

Market Square in Bruges, Belgium

Don’t miss a chance to stroll through Bruges’ market square!

 

As if we didn’t get enough to eat during our past two stops, it was time for Belgian chocolate at The Chocolate Line. It’s currently holding the honor of “#1 in the World” for their delectable sweet treats and cannot be missed!

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The rest of the afternoon was spent leisurely popping-in to shops, stopping to listen to beautiful live music in the crisp air (and eating all of that chocolate!) and getting lost in the city’s cobble stoned walkways.

A canal in Bruges, Belgium

A dream town come true, indeed!

Day Trip to Bruges Tips

Is Bruges on your bucket list?