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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

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Brugs Beertje

A visit to Bruges is not complete without trying the local beer and the best place to do this is Brugs Beertje, a shrine for beer-loving hedonists. Choose from the beer hall’s menu of over 300 beers which you can enjoy against a background of baroque music. This is a landmark for any beer aficionado.

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 View Map ... Kemelstraat 5, Bruges, Belgium
De Garre

Set in an atmospheric, rickety 16th century house, De Garre is the most traditional beer café that you can find in Bruges. Despite its tiny size, it serves numerous beers on tap and over 250 bottled beers, and for that reason is packed with beer enthusiasts until the very last beer is poured.

 View Map ... 1 De Garre, Bruges, Belgium
De Republiek

A bar with a huge outdoor urban space is not easy to find in Bruges, so when the Belgian sun shines, take yourself to De Republiek to quench your thirst. Stay at the bar late (it won’t close until the last person leaves) or head to the adjoining cinema for some entertainment.

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 View Map ... Sint-Jakobsstraat 36, Bruges, Belgium

what we think

You won’t need a map in Bruges – half the fun is getting lost in the narrow streets and the maze of canals. Bruges is enchanting, charming and thoroughly romantic. It is so quaint, it’s almost as though time has stopped and preserved this medieval town. For the culinary hedonist, it offers delicious chocolates, mouth-watering moules and frittes and the most extensive selection of beers in the world. Its main square is one of the most charming in Europe, especially when the Christmas markets are in full swing. Another reason to visit Bruges in the winter is to enjoy the traditional experience of ice-skating in the main square and rewarding your exercise with a cup of steaming mulled wine. Bruges is the most visited city in Belgium – once you’ve been there you will understand.