So, I will admit these photos are from two different trips to Bruges, one with some girlfriends for the Christmas market in December 2010, and also from the following spring when my mom came to visit from Denver. When I went up there with my mom we stayed at the B & B Setola (Run by Lut and Bruno Setola, Sint Walburgastrat 12) which was just so charming and actually about the same price as a hostel.
Wandering around the square is ideal, and a basket of fries right in front of the main tower (there is one to the left and one to the right… I don’t remember which is better, but I’m sure they are both divine). This square is also where there is the Christmas market during the Christmas season which was heavenly with the Mulled Wine and Bailey’s Hot Chocolate… mmm. The lights lining the building was just too cute and added to the holiday cheer.
Off one of the side streets (if you’re facing the main tower, to the left) you will find a little café/bar that serves something like over 500 different kinds of beer. It is phenomenal, and it is also the location where I grew to love my favorite beer: Mongozo Banana Beer. The flavors offered in the bible of a menu will surprise you! I was astonished that the servers could tell you about each and every beer you were eyeing, and could explain the differences so you can find the exact beer of your dreams. I don’t remember the name of the café, but if you’re facing the main tower in the main square, you go on the street to the left (where there is the post office) and it is down a little ways on the lefthand side…).
Don’t forget to climb the tower, and visit some of the breweries, and eat tons of chocolate.