If you’re considering a trip to Belgium, Bruges should be on your list of destinations. The capital of northwest Belgium’s West Flanders, not only is it a charming medieval town, but its beautiful seventeenth century buildings have been repurposed into cafés and eateries. Canals and cobblestones await the curious traveler, and the food, views, and general experience can’t be imitated. Here are three stops you should make while exploring Bruges.
The view from this belfry, or medieval bell tower, is famous for a reason. It offers a 365-degree view of the city, so the 366-step climb is well worth it. And don’t miss the tower’s treasure chamber.
Bruges Christmas Market
The seasonal Christmas Market is a must-do in the medieval city. After browsing through artisan crafts and foods in this fairground-like area, try glühwein (a traditional holiday mulled wine) at one of the pop-up bars with a view of the ice-skating rink. Later, in the spirit of things, find a café with a fireplace and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate.
Hot Chocolate at De Proeverie Tearoom
If you’re chilly and need a pick-me-up after exploring the city in the cold, look no further than this tearoom. You’re provided with hot milk, into which you stir a piece of handmade chocolate from the Chocolaterie Sukerbuyc nearby.
For a comprehensive list of everything to do in Bruges by the hour on your weekend trip, check out this piece.