You need to be careful where you purchase your chocolate from whilst in Bruges. There are many tourist shops selling 'special offer' multipack boxes for rock bottom prices. I hate to disappoint but this isn't the genuine article - you do have to watch what you buy. If all else fails you can always buy some Neuhaus at the airport on the way home - now that is the real McCoy!
Fun Alternatives: Neuhaus is a great brand of chocolate - i don't recall seeing any shops in Bruges but i know you can buy at the airport - there are also many little independents offering samples which are worth a look too.
The tour guide made a big thing about how we must see the blood of Christ in the Church of the Holy Blood in Brugge. It costs E1.50 to get in and the 'blood' is boxed so you can't see it. Is anyone sure it is actually in there? And if it was do you think it would have dried up and gone all smelly by now?
Unique Suggestions: Go with an open mind.
Fun Alternatives: Spend your E1.50 on a waffle.
Even the frites are overpriced and then they charge an additional fee for the sauce!
Go out any of the exits and the side streets are lined with more reasonably priced eateries of all kinds.
Also beware! The prices posted are not the rates charged.
Unique Suggestions: Tell them in advance what sauce you want and how much.
They will always give you the most expensive sauce and too much of it if you don't !
Fun Alternatives: Even if you are starving you can find lots of good restaurants and frites shops around. Just don't buy anything on the Grote Markt!
Everyone says this is a great day trip from Brugge but dont be fooled. Its a nice little town but not worth a chunk out of a short holiday. Unless you are cyclng on, dont bother. We could only find restaurants and everthing else was closed.
Unique Suggestions: Either cycle or take the boat to Damme. Its a pleasant little trip on an old paddleboat, with time for lunch before the trip back to Brugges.
We didn't eat at any of the restaurants around the Markt Square but I did look at a few of the menus and they seemed to be a bit overpriced. There's no reason to eat overpriced or mediocre food while in Brugge so do your homework before going and try to stay away from the restaurants that cater solely to tourists that have no reason to give you a quality meal at an affordable price.
I think that with bad weather you shouldn't climb the belfry tower. You pay the ticket, you climb every single step to the top and the way is very narrow: if you can't see anything from over there... everything has been useless!
There are respectable chocolatiers in Brugge.
You know when you enter such a shop...
it smell's like chocolate. A warm thick intence
smell comes forward to you. The person in the
shop can give you plenty of advice...
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All the chocolate stores selling breast and
buttocks are not done....same advice as the
lace stores. RUN if the heading is in german.
I'll advice you on a nice one in my shopping tips!
I'm afraid I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but it is probably a trick used by a number of the city centre restaurants.
We were looking for somewhere to eat and the prices at the restaurants in the square opposite the belfry all looked very expensive. We went around the back and noticed a meal deal "three courses for €15." What a bargain!
I ordered my three courses and the waiter asked what drink I wanted. I asked for a beer and he said "what size?" Due to the metric measurements you usually get the equivalent of half a pint or 500ml. Therefore, I asked for a large one, fair enough?
When I came back from washing my hands I noticed some extremely large glasses on the counter and thought, "surely they’re not for us?" They were and they were huge (I'll post a picture of it when I get a scanner).
When the bill finally came they had charged €14 for the beer! That's about £12 and about $14, nearly as much as the meal! I know it was big, but it wasn't high alcohol or anything like some Belgian beers.
The moral of the story is: check the price of the drinks. Make sure you haven't gone to the rear of one of the restaurants on the belfry square, and if an offer looks too good to be true it probably is!
Unique Suggestions: Get a cheap, small drink! Ask for its price first!
Fun Alternatives: Another restaurant, the further away from the centre the better. Or even better, the further away from Brugge the better!
OK, waffles are a national dish in Belgium, but am I the only one who thinks them largely tasteless and often overpriced?
Unique Suggestions: If you are going to eat waffles, I would suggest doing as we did: Finding a pleasant outdoor cafe in Brugge and having waffles for breakfast with jam and cream in the morning sun.
Not cheap, but stylish!
the restored tolhuis on van eyck square used to be the place where merchants paid their tax (tol in dutch) in the medieval days. it was empty for some time after being the public library during the 70-ties and 80-ties and has now been beautifully restored. unfortunaly, it has been given a completely useless function which makes all the taxpayers money look wasted!
Monday is the day that most of the museums
are closed. A lot of shop owners take the day of
and especially off season Brugge is dead.
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