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Bruges lies 62 miles northwest of Brussels. By the end of the 13th century, it had become extravagantly rich thanks to the wool trade. Today, it remains an unspoiled medieval city of gabled brick houses, magnificent churches and café-lined squares. It is ideal for strolling or cycling; tour boats also cruise the city’s network of picturesque canals. The two local obsessions are handmade lace and luxury chocolates. One of the triumphs of the local cuisine is frites (french fries) — thick and twice-fried to crisp perfection. Unlike at home, the accompaniment is mayonnaise, not ketchup. 

Although we would not recommend any of the tourist-trade restaurants abutting the city’s central Markt, you will find excellent frites at one of the frietkot (frites vans) on the Markt’s perimeter. There are also numerous superb art galleries, including the Groeningemuseum, notable for Flemish primitive paintings.

Editor Tips

French Fries

One of the triumphs of the local cuisine is french fries — thick and twice-fried to crisp perfection. Unlike at home, the accompaniment is mayonnaise, not ketchup. Although we would not recommend any of the tourist-trade restaurants abutting the city’s central Markt, you will find excellent frites at one of the frites vans (frietkot) on the Markt’s perimeter. For something a bit more refined, you can go to a frites specialist such as Chez Vincent (Sint-Salvatorskerkhof 1).

Delicious Chocolate

The other local gastronomic passion is chocolate, which comes in every conceivable variation. We recommend Dominique Persoone’s shop, The Chocolate Line (Simon Stevinplein 19). If you’ve ever wondered what wasabi chocolate tastes like, this is the place to find out (Antwerp also has a branch). If you are a purist, head for BbyB (Sint-Amandsstraat 39), which offers simple bars of fine Belgian chocolate in colorful boxes.

Outstanding Beer

For a top-quality beer near the Markt, try De Garre (De Garre 1), hidden in a narrow alley. On a side street a short walk away, ‘t Brugs Beertje (Kemelstraat 5) has a vast selection of some 300 beers.

World War I Memorial

An hour outside Bruges, the Flanders Field World War I cemetery and memorial makes for a moving day trip.