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Postcards from Bruges

Compact and accessible, medieval Bruges offers a fairytale destination for a relaxing weekend minibreak in Belgium.

Travel: By train. Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels then onward to Bruges.

Stay: The Oud Huis de Peellaert. This hotel is a short walk from the action and, according to our guidebook, the buffet breakfast is “one of the best in Bruges.” Can’t disagree with that.

Must do: Climb the 366 steps to the top of the belfry for a fantastic view over the red rooftops (but not for the faint-hearted). Drift along the scenic canals in a teeny tiny boat. Take a horse and carriage ride. Generally chill out.

Eat: A giant vat of mussels accompanied by fries. Apple pie, waffles and pancakes.

Drink: Beer. Cambrinius on Philipstockstraat serves 400 varieties. The local brew Brugse Zot (Bruges Fool) is from the Half Moon brewery on Walplein.

Buy: Chocs from one of the many chocolatiers (cheap-ish) or a glorious hand-stitched leather handbag from Delvaux (expensive).

Watch: In Bruges, the 2008 Oscar nominated black comedy-thriller starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.



Prone to magpie tendencies, I enjoy nothing more than musing – in pictures and in words – on a few of my favourite things.

2 thoughts on “Postcards from Bruges

    1. I think the canal boats only operate March to November. As well as being tiny and sitting very low in the water, they’re also completely open to the elements. Adds to the charm, I suppose!


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