Top Choice Cafe in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

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…
Top Choice Pub in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

De Garre

Try its fabulous Garre draught beer, which comes with a thick floral head in a glass that’s almost a brandy balloon; the pub will only serve you three of these as they're a head-spinning 11% alcohol. The hidden two-…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in South Bruges


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 …
Cafe in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

’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…
Bar in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

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. There are five to six beers on tap and 150 bottles, or you can taste fou…
Cocktail Bar in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

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. There's a long cocktail lis…
Cafe in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

Merveilleux Tearoom

An 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 o…
Pub in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

’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’)…
Taverna in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

Du Phare

Tucked into the remains of one of Bruges’ original town gates, this off-the-beaten-track tavern is best known for its live blues and jazz sessions – check the website for dates. Bus 4 stops out the front.
Bar in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

Joey's bvba

These days Joey’s is run by Stevie, who performs with local band Cajun Moon; consequently, this dark, intimate bar is a gathering spot for Bruges’ musos. You can sometimes catch live music here (call to check dates)…