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Under $100: A Day and Night in Bruges, Belgium

by Aoife O'Riordan

Apr 7, 2022

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Spend more time enjoying the sites and attractions of a city and less time worrying about the cost. Many European cities offer affordable accommodations and restaurants, leaving travelers more time to explore the city. Here are some places and activities in Bruges, Belgium, including accommodations, all for less than $100.

 

Accommodation

Stay in the heart of Bruges at St. Christopher’s Inn The Bauhaus. Located just steps from the canal on a cobbled street, this modern hostel features pod beds with power sockets, privacy curtains, free WiFi and complimentary continental breakfast. The hostel also offers apartments with kitchenettes for larger groups.

 

With an on-site restaurant, bar, lounge, nightclub and bike rental, guests have everything they need in one location. Beds are as low as $20 a night, with one of the more popular choices, a four-bed room (with the option of choosing females or males only), going for just $30.

 

Restaurants and Bars

House of Waffles

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Anyone visiting any city in Belgium must indulge in some authentic waffles, and the House of Waffles in Bruges offers some of the best-tasting waffles in the city. Choose from both sweet and savory waffles, including Strawberry Fields, which comes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, and The Norwegian, a waffle topped with smoked salmon, lettuce, red onion and cream cheese with herbs. These dishes range $8–14 dollars each. Make sure to get there early as this place fills up quickly!

 

Enjoy some time with friends with drinks at BAR’N, a rustic-meets-urban bar with both indoor and outdoor seating. A popular spot for locals and visitors, BAR’N offers beers, wines and a full menu of delicious cocktails, including the favorite BAR’N cocktail. Order a drink for $4–8 each.

 

For dinner, enjoy burgers and other popular dishes at Jilles Beer & Burgers. In addition to sharing plates like chicken wings and vegan nachos, Jilles offers classic burger dishes, as well as chicken burgers, salad bowls and vegan burgers. Guests can enjoy a filling meal for $9–19.

 

Sites and Attractions

De Halve Maan

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Bruges is a great city for biking, and with many bike rentals located throughout the city, visitors can easily access a bike and enjoy the narrow, cobbled streets, stone bridges and canal-lined roads of Bruges. Enjoy a two-hour bike ride for just $7.50.

 

Belgium boasts as one of the best beer-producing countries in the world, and Bruges serves as the home to some fantastic breweries, including De Halve Maan. This family-run brewery offers guided tours and a museum highlighting old brewing techniques. For just $12, this 45-minute tour takes guests to the top of the brewery to see the iconic steeple of the Church of Our Lady before ending on the ground floor for guests to enjoy a glass of one of De Halve Maan’s most popular beers.

 

 

Church of Our Lady

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One of the most iconic features of Bruges and perhaps the most distinguishable icon of the Bruges skyline, the 13th-century Church of Our Lady is free for visitors wanting to admire this magnificent building. The Gothic cathedral is most famous for its spire but also features a unique altarpiece of Madonna and Child from the 18th century.

 

 

 

 

 

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