Bruges travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bruges

Bruges is a compact city in the northern region of Flanders in Belgium. It is a well-heeled and cosmopolitan place, and is famous for its lace and its network of canals, which make it the Venice of northern Europe.

One of the major attractions of Bruges is its well-preserved city center: it is one of the only European cities that has retained its street layout since the days before the introduction of the automobile. The historic city center is small and walkable, and is almost entirely pedestrianized.

The largely car-free center of Bruges is perhaps unique in Europe, and the unchanged medieval streets make the city a must-see.

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Bruges is not famous for its fine weather. Maximum summer temperatures rarely exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit and it rains often. Winters are cold and even wetter. Nevertheless, few visitors come for the weather, and the shine of wet cobblestones does lend a certain charm to the old city.

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Where to Stay in Bruges

Most tourist accommodation in Bruges is located within the Inner Ring. Hostel en Gran Kaffee Passage is a good hostel right in the city center, with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor. Hotel de Goezeput combines modern rooms in a traditional building, and is located beside the train station. The Hotel Prinsenhof, meanwhile, is an elegant 4-star hotel beside the main square.

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Shopping Streets

The main shopping streets of Bruges are to be found between Markt Square and 'T Zand. These include Steenstraat, and Jacobstraat. You will find large chain stores selling fashion, along with chocolate and lace shops. Noordzanstraat is good for small, independent boutiques and good local, hand-made lace can be found at the Lace Centre.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Bruges will cost around EUR0.88 and a dozen eggs is EUR2.24. Major supermarkets in Bruges include Carrefour and Proxy Delhaize.

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Where to Eat in Bruges

The classic Belgian dish is Moules Frites, or mussels with fries. Restaurants in and around Grote Markt can be expensive but there are plenty of good-value eateries just a few minutes away. One such is L'estaminet at Astrid Park. A typical dish will cost around EUR8.00 and the quality is excellent. Ask for a table on the terrace if the weather is good. Marieke van Brugghe on Mariastraat has a good fixed price menu for EUR19 and Cambrinus on Philipstockstraat has hearty food and the best selection of Belgian beers in the city. Main courses are around EUR18.00.