Sometimes, crossing the English Channel is an easier and quicker way to get out of London and explore a new place. Last month, rather than driving 5 hours to get to Snowdonia or the Lake District, Matt and I swapped the usual outdoor adventures for a city break. The chosen location was Bruges, which sits on the north-western part of Belgium.
- Ferry tickets for 2 people and 1 car: £78 from Dover to Dunkirk.
- Time taken from London to Bruges: Approximately 5 hours in total.
- Our trip duration: Thursday night to Sunday morning. Although this trip can easily be done from Friday morning to Sunday morning.
But… why visit Bruges?
Because of the proximity to London.
Because of the cute, unique looking buildings.
Because of the canal which surrounds the main town centre.
Because of endless choice of Belgian Beer!
Because of the convenience of being able to walk everywhere.
Because of the Waffles and Chocolate (although I didn’t buy any because I used my calorie tokens on beers!
How to get there?
o Brewery Tour at Bourgogne des Flandres
The brewery is at heart of Bruges, the tour costs 10 euros per person and it lasts for approximately 1 hour. This is a cool experience if you like beer and would like to see how beer in general is made, as well as learn about the history of the Bourgogne des Flandres beer. As a bonus, you get a free beer at the bar in the end!
o Potato Bar
I found the food in Bruges a bit of a hit and miss, but Potato Bar was actually quite good compared to another place we went to the night before, Ribs N’ Beer. Potato bar was quite chilled, and the chips and toppings were yummy whereas Ribs N’ Beer was just average, and we felt very rushed by the staff! Also, the Potato Bar is the perfect place you if want to have a small-ish dinner so that you can save some space for beer!
o Monsieur Ernest Hotel
I actually loved this cozy hotel. It costs around £410 for 3 nights (although we realized we could have saved some money by staying for 2 nights only) for a room with canal view. The breakfast was good, location was perfect – everything within 10-20 minute walk, and the atmosphere was very relaxing.
o Le Trappiste Bar
Really liked this little underground bar – the beer selection is very good but the only downside is that it’s hard to find a table as it’s quite popular.
o The Bottle Shop
Take home a few souvenirs (Belgian beer) from The Bottle Shop.
Take this trip on a weekend: Friday to Sunday.
Go to Bruges around Autumn or Spring if you like cheap prices, not so cold temperatures and a nice nature setting i.e. leaves falling or flowers blooming.
Go to Bruges in Winter if you like Christmas markets, decorations and mulled wine.