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Top Choice European in Kortrijk

Restaurant Messeyne

Popular with the travelling business crowd, the restaurant of the fabulous Hotel Messeyne offers exquisitely presented lunchtime set menus and evening fine dining; the latter features the likes of foie gras, caviar …
Top Choice Bar in Kortrijk

Gainsbar

Beer specialist bar with a youthful upbeat vibe. Organises occasional meet-the-brewer days and serves some rare gems, including occasional draught masterpieces from regional brewers Dupont and Struise.
Noodles in Kortrijk

Lily's Noodle House

Though wildly overpriced, this delightful new restaurant is hard to turn down. The simple menu comprises Lily's take on Japan's three staple noodle varieties – udon, soba and ramen – and some pan-Asian extras thrown…
Gallery in Kortrijk

Broelmuseum

Highlights of this fine art museum include Roelandt Savery’s 1604 masterpiece Plundering of a Village and Emmanuel Viérin’s semi-impressionist scenes of the begijnhof. It occupies a classical river-facing 1785 mansi…
Brasserie in Kortrijk

Brasserie de Heeren van Groeninghe

Excellent-value meals are served in twinkling candlelight in a grand old mansion with high ceilings and original gilt decor. Reservations are wise, especially at weekends. The outdoor terrace, sandwiched between dul…
Square in Kortrijk

Grote Markt

Kortrijk's curved central square is scarred by insensitive 20th-century constructions, but the slightly leaning, multi-spired brick belfort (belfry) provides an attractive focus, and the restored 1421 Historisch Sta…
Museum in Kortrijk

Kortrijk 1302

Promising seven centuries in one day, this modern multimedia ‘experience’ museum delves deep into the background events leading up to the Battle of the Golden Spurs and brings to life the significance and outcomes o…
Tower in Kortrijk

Broeltorens

This iconic pair of three-storey fortress towers guards a picturesque arched stone bridge across the River Leie in central Kortrijk. Last reminders of a long-gone medieval city wall, their machicolations and conical…
Notable Building in Kortrijk

Begijnhof

Small but utterly delightful, Kortrijk’s enclosed begijnhof is as charming a cluster of whitewashed old terraced houses as you could hope to find. Enter through a portal tucked behind Café Rouge and admire the 1682 …
Church in Kortrijk

Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk

Echoing with wistful music, this church has a gilt sunburst altarpiece, heraldic panels in the 1373 St-Catherinekapel and features Van Dyck’s 1631 painting Kruisoprichting (Raising of the Cross) in the left transept…