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Top 12 Best Places To Eat In Bruges, Belgium

For a city that is so small, the Bruges food and drinks scene certainly packs a punch.

From budget fries covered in mayonnaise to elegant Michelin-star dining, and of course, Belgian beers and breweries galore, there are so many scrumptious places to eat in Bruges.

You most definitely won’t be leaving the city hungry or thirsty. 

I’m no expert food critic, but I certainly am a big foodie and spent most of my weekend getaway in Bruges, eating and drinking my way through the city.

In fact, trying out all of the food here was one of my favourite things to do in Bruges.

I can promise you that I uncovered some of the best places to eat in Bruges, with options to satisfy every palate. 

In this post, you will find the top places to eat (and drink) in Bruges Belgium, from the bank balance friendly to the “lets-treat-ourselves” and meals to take you all the way through from breakfast to dinner.

I’m already hungry thinking about all the delicious food, so let’s get stuck in! 

Oh, and apologies in advance for my poor food photography. I’m certainly no food blogger!

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That’s Toast

📍Location: Dweersstraat 4, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
💰Average Price: $$-$$$

That’s toast is one of the most popular places to eat in Bruges if you are after a spot of brunch. You can guarantee there is always a queue to get in because the brunch here is just that good!

One of the best things about That’s Toast is that they serve up their brunch menu all day so you can eat your favourite breakfast foods at any time! From fresh fruit smoothies to frothy oat lattes and tasty toasted treats, That’s Toast will certainly leave you feeling satisfied.

You can check out their menu here.

Zet’Joe

📍Location: Langestraat 11, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
💰Average Price: $$$$

There are over 11 Michelin-star restaurants in Bruges, but Zet’Joe has to be one of the best places to eat in Bruges for Michelin-star dining.

The restaurant offers up mouth-watering French cuisine with both classic options and those with a modern twist. There are 3 menus to choose from at Zet’Joe: Le Plat Pays, Brugge Die Scone or à la carte. Each Menu
offers 2 or 3 options to choose from per course including vegetarian options.

Please note that the Le Plat Pays and Brugge Die Scone Menus are served on different days. If you have a preference make sure to double check what menu is being served on the day you plan to go.

My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to try the Le Plat Pays menu, paired with a gorgeous bottle of white wine. You can expect to eat tender meats, fruity desserts, fresh fish and more!

The food was incredible and I can honestly say it was one of the best restaurants I have been to in my life!

If you only visit one restaurant on your trip to Bruges then Zet’Joe has to be it!

2BE Beer Wall

📍Location: Wollestraat 53, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
💰Average Price: $$

2BE Beer wall may not be one of the best places to eat in Bruges, but it certainly is one of the best places to drink!

Not only do they have an amazing collection of beers to suit every palate, but their terrace offers up one of the best views in Bruges, set upon one of the many stunning canals.

And in case you were wondering, yes it really does have a wall decorated with hundreds of bottles of beer.

De Republiek

📍Location: Sint-Jakobsstraat 36, 8000 Brugge
💰Average Price: $$-$$$

De Republiek is a community space with an onsite ‘Grand Cafe’.  It is one of the best places to eat in Bruges from lunch through to dinner. With a menu that changes often the kitchen team keeps you guessing with their eclectic mix of fish, meat and vegan/veggie options.

De Republiek also has an extensive beer and cocktail menu and they don’t shut until 1 am, which also makes it a great place to come for those looking for a little late-night atmosphere.

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Le Trappiste

📍Location: Kuipersstraat 33, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
💰Average Price: $$

Ever fancied having a beer in a 13th-century crypt? Well, you’re in luck, because that is exactly where you’ll find Le Trappiste, located in the historical depths of the Bruges underground. 

Le Trappiste is home to over 120 delicious beers, so whilst this might not be one of the best places to eat in Bruges, (in fact it doesn’t serve food 😅) it certainly is one of the best places to find a good Belgian beer.

From dark ales to light fruity lagers you will be sure to find something to suit your taste.

House of Waffles

📍Location: Wollestraat 31, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
💰Average Price: $$-$$$

It would be criminal to visit Bruges and not try some famous Belgian Waffles. There are many places in the city to chow down on these fluffy delights,

However, House of Waffles is one of the best places to eat in Bruges for a plate of the most scrumptious waffles.

They serve up a choice of both sweet and savoury, with build-your-own options for those who like to get a little creative, and if that’s not enough and even serve up waffle sandwiches.

De Gastro

📍Location: Braambergstraat 6, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
💰Average Price: $$-$$$

De Gastro is a quaint, family-owned restaurant in the heart of Bruges. The restaurant serves up traditional French and Belgian cuisine in a modern, yet homely environment.

On the menu, you can expect to find delicious dishes such as Coq Au Vin, Filet Mignon and Steak Tartar. De Gastro is one of the most highly rated places to eat in Bruges.

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Kottee Kaffee

📍Location: Ezelstraat 68, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
💰Average Price: $$-$$$

Kottee Kaffee is another awesome breakfast and brunch spot in Bruges.

Owned by a local family, Kottee Kaffe is the place to come to get delicious coffee as well as homemade and freshly baked treats.

Here you will also find healthy Belgian breakfasts, sweet and savoury Belgian waffles and even afternoon tea.

The goal at Kottee Kaffee is to make you feel as though you’re in a home away from home. So sit back, relax and enjoy your scrumptious goodies.

Poules Moules

📍Location: Simon Stevinplein 9, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
💰Average Price: $$-$$$

Waffles aren’t the only Belgian delicacy you need to try on your trip to Bruges, you should also try another popular dish, moules-frites (or Mussels and fries to you and me).

Historians discovered from 18th-century manuscripts that Belgians would serve up mussels when there was a shortage of fish during the wintertime, due to the abundance of mussels along the coast of the North Sea.

The Mussels are marinated in white wine sauce, accompanied by fresh herbs and vegetables and served with a side of fries.

Poules Moules, located in Simon Stevinplein Square, is one of the best places to eat in Bruges if you want to try traditional Belgian Mussels.

Fred’s Waffles

📍Location: Eiermarkt 20, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
💰Average Price: $

If food on the go is what you are after then Fred’s Waffles is a fab option. Fred Waffles is a small chain restaurant with Belgian origins.

Not only do they have stores in Belgium, but you can also find them in France, Spain and even Antigua!

The dough used to create the waffles is handmade in Brussels, and toppings such as whipped cream, strawberries and bananas are locally sourced to ensure that you are getting original and fresh ingredients.

The queues outside Freds are always understandably quite long, so make sure you get there early, grab a waffle and fuel up for a day of exploring.

Sanseveria Bagelsalon

📍Location: Predikherenstraat 11, Bruges 8000 Belgium
💰Average Price: $

Calling all my bagel enthusiasts!

If you love New York-style bagels, Sanseveria Bagelsalon is the spot for you.

Nestled in the heart of Bruges, Sanseveria Bagelsalon prides itself on serving up bagels with a twist and boasts a 20+ strong menu of bagel options on offer.

Whether it’s sweet or savoury, meaty or vegan, breakfast or lunch, they’ll be sure to have the perfect bagel for you!

Bieratelier

📍Location: Wijngaardstraat 13, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
💰Average Price: $$

If an evening of cheese and meat fondue, accompanied by a tasting tray of 12 different beers sounds like your cup of tea, then Bieratelier is the place for you.

It’s located a little bit away from the centre of town but it is totally worth the few extra steps (Bruges really is that small after all) for the beer, meat and cheese! After Zet’Joe, this was my favourite place to eat in Bruges. 

FAQ’s about eating out in Bruges, Belgium

Do you need to tip in Bruges, Belgium? 

In Belgium, tipping isn’t really a big thing.

Most places pay their staff well, so it’s not something you have to worry about. Plus, many restaurants already add a 10–15% tip to your bill. 

Of course, if you had a good experience and feel like showing some extra appreciation then you can definitely leave a tip.

Do you need to pre-book restaurants in Bruges, Belgium?

For the most part, you’ll find it easy to walk into the restaurants in Bruges and get a table.

I would however pre-book certain places that you’re super keen on visiting.

This is particularly important during peak summer and during Christmas when the Christmas Markets are on. 

Is food expensive in Bruges, Belgium?

Eating out at restaurants in Bruges can range from moderately priced to expensive, especially in the city centre and more touristy areas.

I’d say as a standard you can expect a main meal for one to be circa €15-€20.

What food is famous in Bruges, Belgium?

Bruges is like a foodie’s dream in Belgium, serving up a scrumptious variety of food. 

Some of the famous Belgian food you can find in Bruges include:

  • Chocolate: Belgium is VERY famous for its chocolate and you can top-notch pralines, truffles, and all things chocolatey in Bruges.
  • Waffles: You can’t miss Belgian waffles. Whether you go for a classic version, sprinkle on some powdered sugar, or pile on the whipped cream and fresh fruit there’s an option to suit you.
  • Fries (Frites): Belgian fries are crispy and light and even come with their own special Belgian sauce.
  • Mussels: Moules-frites, a Belgian classic! The usual way to serve these up is in a garlic broth  with a side of fires
  • Belgian Trappist Cheese: Crafted by Trappist monks, these cheeses are unique to the country so make sure to find some whilst you’re in Bruges 
  • Flemish Stew (Carbonade Flamande): Flemish stew is a hearty dish consisting of beer-infused beef and veggies. 
  • Game dishes: Venison and Rabbit are super popular meat choices in Belgium.
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Happy Exploring

I hope you have the best time trying out all of the best places to eat in Bruges.

If you have any questions about what has been mentioned in this post then please feel free to reach out.

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