With its peaceful canals, cobbled streets and medieval architecture, Brugge charmed us from the moment we arrived. The historic center (and where the Christmas Market is), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is something out of a fairy tale.
Where: Brugge, Belgium
When: December 2016
Stayed: Hotel Heritage
We stayed at the Hotel Heritage, a Relais & Chateaux boutique property located steps from the market square. Our room was fit for a princess, with gilded chairs, a canopy bed and a bathroom made completely of marble. Along with a charming bar and sitting room complete with fireplace, Hotel Heritage also has an amazing restaurant, Le Mystique. We enjoyed a decadent evening there on our last night, and it was a wonderful way to end the trip.
Every street is filled with medieval homes, and every corner brings a new view of the canals. We walked out towards the wind mills, and then circled back towards the city center. Some gems we stumbled upon: Lilola, Bakkerij Commeine and the Sanseveria Bagelsalon. And while we didn’t have enough time to stop at many, there were plenty of bars and pubs pouring out that delicious Belgian beer. Highly recommended were: Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, Le Trappiste, Cambrinus, Cafe Rose Red, Comptoir des Arts and ‘t Brugs Beertje.
Back at the market, our top priority was to find our beloved Belgian frites! It took only moments to spot Friterie 1900, and it was heaven in a cone. We also made sure to stock up on sweet gifts at the Chocolatier Dumon, where there are plenty of free samples as well! My favorite stall in the market was that of Distillery De Klok. I only managed to bring home one bottle of the chocolate liqueur, and I am already on the hunt for more. So, so good!
Thank you again to Lufthansa USA for making this European holiday tour possible. I couldn’t have imagined a more incredible way to end the year.
Until next time, Belgium!