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Bruges or Brugge (in Flemish) is a stunning medieval town in the west of Belgium. This UNESCO World Heritage site is world-famous for its heritage buildings and canals, intricate lace and some yummy delights: mussels and fries (‘moules et frites’, or ‘mosselen en frieten’ in Flemish), CHOCOLATES and BEER! Yes, Bruges is a paradise for chocolate and beer-lovers. There are many chocolate boutiques, and cafés which serve hundreds of beers. If you’re looking for exquisite cuisine, Bruges also boasts some of the best restaurants in Belgium (see Culinary Journey: Bruges). In addition, Bruges has some fascinating museums that are certainly worth exploring, such as the Chocolate Museum, the Friet (Belgian fries) Museum and the Diamond Museum.

The best way to explore Bruges is to walk. You’ll soon discover that the word ‘quaint’ was probably invented here! The lovely centuries-old buildings, cobblestone streets, enchanting squares, picturesque canals and gorgeous houses will transport you back to an almost surreal medieval world (if you can block out the droves of day-trippers!). A visit to Belgium would not be complete without spending at least two days in Bruges.

Scroll down to view a photo essay of Bruges.

The Bruges Belfry
The Bruges Belfry
A quaint street in Bruges (Academie straat)
A quaint street in Bruges (Academie straat)
There are a lot of shops selling Bruges lace
There are a lot of shops selling Bruges lace
The 'Markt' or main square with the town hall
The 'Markt' or main square with the town hall
Dumon chocolaterie; one of the oldest & most famous in Bruges
Dumon chocolatier; one of the oldest & most famous in Bruges
The Cambrinus beer house serves more than 400 types of beer!
The Cambrinus beer house serves more than 400 types of beer!
Some of Bruges' most famous monuments
Some of Bruges' most famous monuments
The Steenhouwers canal
The lovely Steenhouwers canal
The enchanting Begijnhof or beguinage
The enchanting Begijnhof or beguinage
An intriguing sculpture on the Wal square
An intriguing sculpture on the Wal square
Chocolates galore!
Chocolates galore!
Orval beer: one of my favourites! Fab bottle!
Orval beer: one of my favourites! Fab bottle!
And you can't leave Bruges without having mussels & fries!
And you can't leave Bruges without having mussels & fries!
Another favourite beer of mine: Brugse Zot
Another favourite beer of mine: Brugse Zot
I saw this in a window and thought, WOW! That's a VELVET ESCAPE!
I saw this in a window and thought, WOW! That's a VELVET ESCAPE!

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