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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.

restaurants

Café Cafedraal

Hidden behind a stone archway, this cool spot has a trendy bar and funky décor attracting a hip crowd. During the winter months enjoy the cosy indoor vibe, or soak up the summer sunshine at a table on the terrace. The excellent modern Belgian food combined with the buzzing atmosphere make this a restaurant for many occasions.

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 View Map ... Zilverstraat 38, Bruges, Belguim
De Belegde Boterham

You may be tempted to eat waffles and hand made chocolates for lunch, but if not, stop off for lunch at De Belegde Boterham - a casual daytime eatery with wooden tables and a simple attractive interior. Tucked away in a pedestrianised alley close to the Markt, it produces fresh and simple servings and is a local favourite.

 View Map ... Kleine Sint-Amandsstraat 5, Bruges, Belgium
De Visscherie

Inspired by the freshest seafood, given its location next to Bruges’ famous fish market, De Visscherie comes highly recommended. When it opened over 30 years ago it was the first fish restaurant in Bruges, and despite many imitators, it still prepares the most creative and delicious fish dishes. The dining room is contemporary and stylish, and if the choice from the a la carte menu is too overwhelming, try the tasting menu. You won’t be disappointed.

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 View Map ... Vismarkt 8, Bruges, Belgium
Le Pain Quotidien

LPQ is a Belgian success story spreading across Europe and it is easy to see why. It’s a bakery, a café and a produce store, and it excels at all three. The house made baguette is deliciously chewy and best enjoyed with jam or chocolate spread from the pots in the centre of the large communal table or with their famous soft boiled eggs. The salads are fresh and tasty, as are the tartines. The café au lait is served in a mug big enough to be a bowl, but you may need a large coffee as you may want to stay here for a while.

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 View Map ... Philipstockstraat 21, Bruges, Belgium‎
Rock Fort

New-style Rock Fort restaurant has taken Bruges’ contemporary dining to a new level. It is young, vibrant and stylishly fun. During busy times you may need to take a seat at the high-chaired bar next door (“Bar Salon”) where you can ask to be served dishes from the Rock Fort menu or otherwise order from the tapas menu. The neo-Flemish menu is filled with delicious, modern dishes which are all tastefully presented.

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 View Map ... Langestraat 15, 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.