Foodie Guide: 9 Best Bruges Restaurants + What to eat
Bruges is a popular destination in Belgium for art, architecture and charming streets. Of course, it’s the ultimate place to go if you want to try some authentic Belgian chocolate and beer. And if you want to explore the delicious gastronomy of this country without going to the capital, this complete foodie guide will tell you all about the best Bruges restaurants!
Below you will find my own selection of the 9 best restaurants in Bruges that I have tried and tested myself, as well as a bonus list of good restaurants that are super popular among both tourists and locals but that I didn’t get to visit during my trip. Still, all of them are worth checking out if you have the time for both Belgian and international traditions and dishes!
At the end of the article, you will also find a list of must-try dishes while you’re in Belgium and Bruges, make sure to check that out as well!
Now let’s get started, shall we?
9 Best places to eat in Bruges - tested & approved!
1 - That’s Toast
That’s Toast is your go-to if you are looking for a twist on your breakfast favourites – and tons of toast dishes. We actually came here twice as the food is delicious and reasonably priced, so you can brunch without breaking your budget! The coffee comes with little mini waffles (perfect for dunking) and the portions are generous, making this one of the best Brugge restaurants. Make sure you try the delicious homemade desserts as well!
2 - Nomad
Popular with both tourists and locals, Nomad is a good option for either brunch or lunch. Located in the large square near Bruges train station, Nomad is a trendy, bright space offering an international menu and a relaxed atmosphere, as well as stellar coffee. They have plenty of fresh and healthy choices and they also offer some great vegan options.
3 - House of Waffles
What could be better than a freshly baked waffle on a gloomy day? Literally nothing! And if you want to visit only ONE waffle shop during your Belgian trip, trust me, it should be this one.
The House of Waffles is my personal favourite place to get authentic Belgian waffles in Bruges. With both sweet or savory waffles, you can come here for a meal or a sweet treat and you will definitely enjoy the warm and relaxed backdrop. Personally, the sweet waffles with chocolate and strawberry are my favourite – simple… yet satisfying!
4 - Lizzies Wafels
Located just a three-minute walk from Markt, Lizzies Wafels is perfect for tea and waffles. The waffles are massive and dusted with a sprinkling of icing sugar. Super tasty, fluffy and light, and served with a rich chocolate sauce – need I say more?!
5 - Chocolatier Dumon
Okay, maybe this one is not a proper restaurant, but a place where you’ll feel like an excited kid again. This quaint little store could easily be mistaken for a cute Bruges cottage, but inside you’ll find chocolates made by the famous chocolatier Dumon. This chocolate is out of this world, trust me!
6 - La Belgique Gourmande
Yep, here’s another chocolate store. The experts at La Belgique Gourmande are known for making the best artisanal chocolates, and they make it right in front of you. They had me hooked on their truffles and pralines (which are filled with caramelised nuts) and I left with a belly full of chocolate and a wallet light in cash – but it was so worth it!
7 - The Potato Bar
Another amazing Belgian speciality, The Potato Bar serves up Belgian Frites! Perfectly crispy on the outside with a fluffy centre, lightly salted and with a big dollop of mayo on the side; this is the place to try them for an utterly Belgian gastronomic experience. It gets crowded during peak hours, so be prepared to wait for a table.
8 - In The Mood
You need to try a local meal when you visit Bruges and In the Mood is the perfect Belgian café for it! The space is small and cosy, the food is delicious and they cater for veggies and vegans as well – which is not that common in a place where beef stews are a national dish. In short, it is one of Bruges’ coolest eating spots!
9 - ‘t Bagientje
The restaurant ‘t Bagientje is homely, traditional and has great value local food. The menu only comes in Flemish which makes it a bit trickier to order, but I think it adds to the experience. Just make sure you have a translator app at the ready or ask the waiter to help with suggestions. All in all, this is one of the best restaurants around if you want to eat like the locals and it’s a place where all the meals are super delicious!
8 More amazing restaurants in Bruges, Belgium
If the 9 options above are simply not enough for the foodie in you, worry not, as I have prepared another list of amazing restaurants in Bruges! All the options below have stellar reviews and incredible dishes on their menus; frankly, I’m a bit sad that I didn’t get to visit them during my time in the city. But I’ll keep this list close by for my next trip to Belgium and I will definitely check them out and come back with my impressions!
Meanwhile, you can visit them yourself and let me know your opinion. Now let’s find out about some additional best restaurants in Bruges:
- Park Restaurant – This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Bruges and you will find it in countless lists and articles around the web! Although it’s a bit more on the expensive side, it’s an excellent option for haute cuisine dishes and elegant food, especially if you fancy Franco-Belgian cuisine or a romantic dinner date. In short, it’s an intimate restaurant with impeccable food – what more could you wish for?
- Gouden Karpel – Of course, I couldn’t omit this respected fish restaurant from my list. Gouden Karpel restaurant was built inside a 19th-century fish market and it’s a place where you sample oysters, seafood salads, all of them being equally delicious and interesting. This is also the place to go if you want to buy some fresh fish coming straight from their own fish shop and prepare it yourself!
- The Old Chocolate House – I know I’ve given you quite some options for authentic Belgian chocolate in my list above, but here’s another one nevertheless! This is the place to find homemade hot chocolate, cookies, coffee and tea. Plus, you can also get supplies to make your own hot chocolate at home, as they have both a tearoom and a shop downstairs.
- Bistro Christophe – This restaurant creates the perfect local experience with its retro-style wooden chairs, paintings, spacious rooms and delicious food; it’s hard to fail when choosing Bistro Christophe! By the way, their North Sea fish soup is a must-try!
- Lion Belge – This traditional bistro-café is another excellent choice for delicious, creative food that also preserves authentic Belgian flavours. If you want a recommendation, their white and black sausage with mash and apple sauce are to die for if you want to indulge!
- Den Amand – If you’re looking for delicious, cheap eats in Bruges, right in the historical centre, this place is definitely for you. Den Amand is a tiny restaurant that serves grilled meats, seafood and more traditional cuisine in a cosy setting and you’ll find lots of locals serving their lunch there.
- Locale by Kok au Vin – In short, Kok au Vin creates culinary perfection. It’s essentially French cuisine that you will find here, with their signature coq au vin being one of the most famous orders and their house speciality, all done with passion and care.
- Assiette Blanche – Looking for Michelin-star restaurants in Bruges? This one offers a complete experience: you will enter a cosy dining room with modern upholstered chairs, take a seat and order from the fancy menu with seasonal dishes. You can choose anything from North Sea brown shrimps, delicious sea bass, beef, duck breast, scallops and more. Oh, and did I mention they have a Michelin Bib Gourmand status? Amazing!
What to eat in Bruges, Belgium - 7 dishes to try
Bruges (and Belgium in general) is known for fries, waffles, chocolate and beer, as well as some super filling and delicious dishes like stews or fresh fish recipes. In case you feel a bit lost about the list of unmissable dishes, the list below will surely elucidate the mystery and it will definitely be useful, especially if you only have one day in Bruges Belgium:
1 – FRITES / POMMES FRITES
Here’s the paradox: the best fries are not found in France but in Belgium. There, I said it. What makes them special is the fact that they’re made with Bintje potatoes (best for frying!) and they’re TWICE fried in beef tallow (read: not vegan-friendly!). But they’re oh-so-delicious, especially with mayo on top – the traditional way, of course!
2 – WAFFLES
I’ve already given you plenty of waffle shops to try out, but I never told you that waffles are actually an iconic element of Belgian gastronomy. They’re like fluffy pancakes, but better, because they’re also a bit crunchy on the sides. If you want to taste the real deal for the first time, make sure you’re ordering simple waffles with powdered sugar only. Then you can explore the more decadent versions – with strawberry jam, for example. And while you’re there, make sure you try the liege waffles as well.
3 – CHOCOLATE
Need I say more? Everyone knows that Belgian chocolate is some of the best chocolate in the world, so you must try it while you’re here, especially if you’re one with a sweet tooth. It’s rich, it’s decadent and it can be found everywhere you look around the city, all with the same great quality. You can find truffles, pralines, chocolate bars and even chocolate tours and workshops if you want an authentic experience.
Oh, by the way, Bruges is also the place to try some real hot chocolate… just note that you may never go back to packaged hot chocolate powder ever again!
4 – MOULES-FRITES / MUSSELS AND FRIES
I think I mentioned before that Bruges is all about yummy fish and seafood, so a fresh portion of moules-frites should definitely be on your wishlist. This is one of the best dishes served during summer, with a great beer on the side; the dish consists of mussels cooked in white wine, with a portion of French fries on the side.
5 – CARBONNADE FLAMANDE / STOVERIJ
When in Bruges, you must try a Flemish beef stew, that’s for sure! And the most popular (and most delicious) option is definitely the Carbonade Flamande (also called Stoverij), which is, in short, a slow-cooked beef stew made with beer.
6 – WATERZOOI
Here’s another stew for you – waterzooi is a creamy stew made with seafood and veggies. Although the dish first originated and is traditional to the city of Ghent, Bruges is an excellent place to try it as well!
7 – BELGIAN BEER
Beer lovers, Bruges is THE place for you! Okay, okay, beer may not be food, but Belgian beers are known to be like no other in the world and you can find them in most restaurants in Bruges. It’s a great drink to have next to a hot stew or some fries and there are so many options, it will be hard to choose! This is why I recommend a Belgian beer tasting in Bruges.
This was my complete foodie guide for everyone visiting Bruges for the first time! In the article above I have told you all about Bruges’ best restaurants in my opinion as well as the best food in Bruges. You’ll find everything here: traditional, delicious things to eat in Bruges (from waffles to chocolate and some famous stews paired with the best beer), where to eat waffles, where to find some incredible fine dining experiences and everything in-between.
So in case you were wondering where to eat in Bruges Belgium, all my lists above will surely answer your questions! You can pick any of my selected restaurants in Bruges and I promise you’ll have a great experience.
In case you need more help with planning your upcoming trip to Bruges, I recommend clicking here to find all my articles about this beautiful city. And if you’re planning on visiting more destinations in the country such as Brussels or Ghent, click here to find all my articles and adventures around Belgium.