Bruges in one day: where to find the best hot chocolate
We made the mistake of watching the movie “In Bruges” a few days before actually visiting the charming little city of Bruges in Belgium.
If you didn’t see the movie, you would think that it’s a casual movie with a few shots of Bruges, some pretty glimpses of the city that would make you want to visit it some day. Well, it was not the case. AT ALL. The ambiguous portrayal of the town has left some prejudices in my head about Bruges. I imagined it like a cute little medieval town, where I could spend an afternoon drinking a nice cup of coffee, and wandering through it’s narrow streets. *birds singing, happy music playing in the background*
Instead, after watching the movie I had second thoughts about visiting Bruges.
A paragraph from the movie:
“It’s a fairytale town, isn’t it? How’s a fairytale town not somebody’s fucking thing? How can all those canals and bridges and cobbled streets and those churches, all that beautiful fucking fairytale stuff, how can that not be somebody’s fucking thing, eh?”
And that is why I travel after all – to not judge places and people based on somebody else’s perception.
Long story short, we found ourselves in Bruges in a rainy Sunday afternoon.
It was raining when we arrived in Bruges. But it was the kind of rain that will not get you soaked, it’s still acceptable to walk outside, it’s just the type of rain that will make you question your decisions, life and existence. (I really hope you know what I’m talking about :D).
We all know those rainy Sundays when you have nothing to do, you look out the window and say “neah, I’m just gonna skip this day” and you end up reading all day in your comfy sofa, occasionally dragging yourself to the kitchen to get some food and tea. Well, Bruges on a rainy day was just like that sofa: you don’t want to leave it, and IT HAS THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD.
What to do in Bruges in one day
We explored the lovely town of Bruges in this not so lovely weather, and here’s a list of things you can do if you ever visit Bruges in one day (which I really hope you will do).
If you were wondering what can you visit in Bruges in one day- well, pretty much everything.
Visit the Grote Markt
Colorful brick Gothic style houses, horse-carriages, medieval houses, a postcard-perfect view and the iconic Belfry which is hard to miss- all that in the main square of Bruges. In 1089 Bruges became the capital of the County of Flanders, and during the medieval times it was considered a commercial metropolis of Europe. You just have to look around the Grote Markt, to observe the wealth of the city. You can find the Historium Museum (with a panoramic terrace) and the Courthouse here, too.
Climb the Belfort (belfry tower)
To get a birds-eye view of the city, climb up the stairs of the Bruges belfry. The belfry of Bruges is part of a 13th century halls building. The belfries are part of the UNESCO world heritage, and they typically can be found in Flander, Northern France and the south of Belgium. The 83 meter high belfry with 47 bells, stands tall on the main square of Bruges. For a beautiful view of the city, you can climb the 366 steps of the tower.
Open daily: 9:30AM-6PM
Entrance ticket: 10 Euros
More information: Belfort tower
Visit the Historium Museum
For another panoramic view of the city, visit the Historium Museum in Bruges main square. You can take virtual time travels, visit interactive exhibitions, or simply enjoy a wonderful view of Bruges Market Square from the panoramic terrace.
Open daily: 10AM-6PM
Entrance ticket: 13.50 Euro for adults
More information: Historium Museum official website
Go canal cruising on the canals of Bruges
Even if you only have one day in the city, this is a MUST. Bruges is often called the northern Venice thanks to its canals. A boat excursion in a fairy tale-like medieval town? Yes, please! If you don’t have time/money, or canal cruising in a boat full of people is not your thing- you will still end up watching the boats and the canals of Bruges. It really a perfect and romantic scenery.
Price of a boat ride: 8-10 Euros for 30 minutes.
Taste the best hot chocolote in Bruges
I don’t know about you, but I’m not huge fan of chocolate. Yes, I know, I’m a creep, but I don’t really get excited about the thought of chocolate. But, when i Rome, do as the Romans, and when in Belgium, YOU EAT ALL THE CHOCOLATE. If you take a walk in any Belgian city, sooner or later you’ll realize that everything is made of chocolate in Belgium.
As in any Belgian city, Bruges was also full of chocolate: huge chocolate shops, candy shops, smell of chocolate on the narrow streets, people eating chococolate, figurines made of chocolate – one can not resist to eat or drink chocolate.
That’s how we ended up in the Old Chocolate House in Bruges. Or should I say heaven on earth? Imagine this: an old, romantic chocolate shop in a romantic medieval town, where you have to go up a narrow wooden staircase to be seated in an antique room with painted windows, handed a menu with the best hot chocolate in the world.
We ordered two different hot chocolates and waffles with banana. I don’t remember the names of the hot chocolates, but I’m pretty sure anything you order will taste like heaven. You will be served with a plate of hot milk and a muffin-like chocolate delicacy- mix them and taste the best hot chocolate in Bruges. Seriously, there was even a roasted marshmallow included! I could go on for hours about that place- you have to visit it!
Address: Mariastraat 1, 8000 Brugge
Website: Old Chocolate House
Visit the Church of Our Lady
With the second tallest brickwork tower in the world (115 meters), this beautiful Gothic church of Bruges has to be added on your list if you visit Bruges in one day. Near the church, you can find the city’s smallest bridge too.
Address: Mariastraat, 8000 Brugge
More information: Visit Bruges website
Get lost among the romantic streets of Bruges
Go window shopping, drool after the chocolate displayed in windows, watch the swans in the canals, walk among the cute bridges or just simply enjoy the atmosphere of Bruges. And allow yourself to get lost! 🙂
Try Belgian specialties
Beside chocolate, Belgium is also famous for it’s fries, beer, mussels and waffles. Belgian cuisine is much more than that! But if you are in a hurry, you have plenty of opportunities to eat street food: Belgian fries with various sauces or waffles- these are sold almost everywhere. Or try a local restaurant!
Have you ever got lost in Bruges? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
Practical information about Bruges
Travel to Bruges
Bruges is easily accessible from Brussels via train: the journey lasts 90 minutes, and a train ticket from Brussels to Bruges costs around 14 Euro. Check this website for more information about the train schedules in Belgium.
Bruges is also accessible by plane, the closest airport being in Brussels. Brussels is very convenient, as it has international flights to almost every major city in the world and a direct connection by train to Bruges.
If you arrive to Bruges by car, note that you can not enter to the city center by car. There is a park just outside the city center (4-5 minutes walking distance). You can find more information about parking in Bruges here.
Bruges can be easily covered on foot, every major attraction is at a walkable distance.
Where to stay in Bruges
You can rent an awesome Airbnb in the city center! If you sign up to Airbnb, you can get 26$ off, using THIS link 🙂
Check the price of a hotel room in Bruges on booking.com:
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