Live like a Local

Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. We’ve listed a few of the most famous sites below but walking around you will soon fall in love with the enchantment of everyday Bruges as we did; its canals, windmills, churches and gables.

We are ideally situated within walking distance of the Markt, shopping streets, museums and the finest bars and restaurants.

On a bike you can see far more of this romantic city and its surroundings and there are boat trips and horse-drawn carriage rides for yet another perspective.

The Grote Markt and Belfry

This is the main square and the largest in Bruges, just 500 yards from The Doghouse.

From the top of the medieval Belfry, having climbed the 366 steps, you will have a fantastic view all the way to the coast. The Christmas Market is centred here, as are other events and concerts throughout the year.

The Burg

Closer still lies the historic centre of Bruges with the stunningly ornate Town Hall, former Court of Justice, Roman Chapel and the Chapel of the Holy Blood.

The Groene Rei

Walk along the Groenerei to reach the Fish Market and Tannery Square. Here there are several good fish restaurants including our favourite The Gouden Karpel.

This area is often referred to as “the famous corner” as it appears so often in photographs. From here you can take a boat trip to see “Venice of the North” from the water, (Adults €8, €4, 30 mins)

Gruuthuse

A lovely walk along the canal takes you to Gruuthuse, a 15th Century manor house, now a museum. Next to it stands the Church of Our Lady, with the highest tower in Belgium, where you can see the Madonna by Michelangelo.

Brouwerij De Halve Maan

Here you can take a tour of both the modern family brewery and their museum, then drink unfiltered Bruges Zot directly from the brewing tank!

Verversdijk

The street where the Doghouse is situated is very old indeed, with records dating back to 1290. It owes its name to the cloth dyers who worked here and traded with the Scotts, for their wool, on the East bank of the St. Annarei canal. In the Middle Ages, Verversdijk formed the heart of the commercial city where many Englishmen had their warehouses and offices.

Museums

Historium; brings Bruges’ medieval past to life
www.historium.be

Groeninge Museum; a varied overview of six centuries of Flemish & Belgian painting from primitive through to post-war modern.

Bruges Beer Museum
www.brugesbeermuseum.com

Folklore; 17th century dwellings accommodate a lace collection & authentic interiors of the time. You can then relax in the museums inn “De Zwarte Kat”.

Choco-Story (the chocolate museum)
www.choco-story-brugge.be

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The Coast and Surrounding areas

The coast is just a short drive away, or a lovely bike ride. We are also within an easy drive of Ypres and Flanders Fields, Gent and Antwerp.

Cycling

This is the best way to experience the bike-friendly city of Bruges. Whilst most of the streets are one-way to cars they are both ways for bikes! There are easy cycle routes out to surrounding areas including the peaceful village of Damme and the upmarket seaside resort Knokke.

Restaurants

Mojo; best Mojito in town plus great food & service!
www.restomojo.be

Refter; contemporary menu with a respect for tradition
www.bistrorefter.com/en/welcome

Den Gouden Karpel; top notch fish restaurant
www.dengoudenkarpel.be

Trium; good honest Italian cooking and friendly service
users.skynet.be/trattoriatrium

Toms Diner; off the beaten track but worth the walk
www.tomsdiner.be

Bars

Café Vlissinghe; oldest pub in Bruges
www.cafevlissinghe.be

Cambrinus; bustling pub with 400 beers
www.cambrinus.eu/english.htm

T’Stokershuis; cosy pub with good home cooking
www.stokershuis.com

Vero Cafe; Ethically sourced coffee shop with fabulous home-made cakes on a quiet square

Shops

Exceller Bikes; “Biking in Luxury”, simply the best bike shop;
www.excellerbikes.com

Bellerose; clothing for all the family, nonchalant form & impeccable fabrics
www.bellerose.be

Ruth Boutique; lovely range of womenswear brands
www.boetiekruth.be

Dille & Kamille; everday products in natural materials, functional & authentic
www.dille-kamille.be/nl

Gouts at Colueurs; cool interior design store, specializing in Scandi & Dutch brands
www.gouts-et-couleurs.be

Munt; modern, quirky, bohemian interiors shop
www.munt.be/nl

Dumon Chocolatier; we recommend their dipped orange slices, covered cherries & sugar-free chocolates
www.chocolatierdumon.be/shop/brugge-bruges-eiermarkt

Vandaele; beautifully stocked and presented florist tucked away down a side street

Vets

Friendly service and closest to The Doghouse
www.koptotstaart.be

Out of Hours / Emergency
www.animodap.be