Cafe in Burg, Markt & the North

Herberg Vlissinghe

Luminaries have frequented Bruges’ oldest pub for 500 years; local legend has it that Rubens once painted an imitation coin on the table here and then did a runner. The interior is gorgeously preserved with wood pan…
Cafe in Burg, Markt & the North

't Brugs Beertje

Legendary throughout Bruges, Belgium and beyond for its hundreds of Belgian brews, this cosy bruin café (brown cafe) is filled with old advertising posters and locals who are part of the furniture. It’s one of those…
Pub in Burg, Markt & the North

De Garre

Try its very own and fabulous Garre draught beer, which comes with a thick floral head in a glass that’s almost a brandy balloon; it'll only serve you three of these due to the head-spinning 11% alcohol percentage. …
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With its dark timber beams, low lighting, convivial clatter and park setting, L'Estaminet scarcely seems to have changed since it opened in 1900. It’s primarily a drinking spot, but also serves time-honoured dishes …
Bar in Burg, Markt & the North

Rose Red

Outstanding beers from 50 of the best breweries in Belgium, served by charming and informative staff in this pink-hued and rose-scattered bar. It keeps five to six beers on tap and 150 bottles, or you can taste four…
Pub in Burg, Markt & the North

't Poatersgat

Look carefully for the concealed hole in the wall and follow the staircase down into this cross-vaulted cellar glowing with ethereal white lights and flickering candles. ’t Poatersgat (which means ‘the Monk’s Hole’ …
Cafe in Burg, Markt & the North

Opus Latino

Modernist café with weather-worn terrace tables right at the waterside – where a canal dead-ends beside a Buddha-head fountain. Access is via the easily missed shopping passage that links Wollestraat to Burg, emergi…
Pub in Burg, Markt & the North

De Republiek

Set around a courtyard comprising characterful brick buildings, this big buzzing space is super-popular with Bruggelingen (Bruges locals). DJs hit the decks on Friday and Saturday nights and there's a range of well-…
Cafe in Burg, Markt & the North

Merveilleux Tearoom

Elegant marble-floored tearoom on a cobbled passage near the Markt. Coffee comes with a dainty homemade biscuit and sometimes a little glass of strawberry ice cream or chocolate mousse. Pretty cakes and tea are on o…
Bar in Burg, Markt & the North


Attached to an upmarket seafood restaurant (mains €25 to €48), this remarkable cocktail bar is enclosed by beech hedges and red-brick-gabled buildings, and displays bottles in gilt ‘holy’ niches. Suavely classy.