While sleeping, I woke up to a short, loud sound. Apparently I had forgotten to switch off the alarm on my phone! The hands on the clock pointed to half-past 8. With that, I jumped out of the bed and allowed my growling stomach to lead me to the breakfast room of the Hotel Prinsenhof.
Needless to say I was famished so I opted for a big breakfast: some croissants with some serrano ham, a handful of fruits, 2 fresh eggs, late machiatto and an orange juice. Breakfast is served everyday from 7 P.M. till 10 P.M., and it consists in a buffet filled with sweet and savoury delicacies and treats. Check out the full menu here.
After that breakfast I was ready to continue on my sightseeing tour in Bruges. The best way to explore the city - built around canals - and enjoy the stunning architecture is by foot. That way you won’t miss Bruges’ hidden treasures. On a side not: women make sure to pack flats as most streets and sidewalks in Bruges are made of cobblestones.
As a person who’s always hungry all that walking made me crave a typical Belgian dish. Thankfully, I didn’t have too many issues finding a good restaurant in Bruges. In fact, Belgium - with Flanders top of it’s class - has one of the highest densities of Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe. One of the reasons behind this is that Flemish people embrace a Burgundian nature and love good foods and drink (a.k.a. beer).
Top 5 typical Belgian dishes:
- Carbonade flamande - vlaamse stoverij
- Chicory with ham and cheese sauce
- Meat balls in tomato sauce
- Rabbit with prunes
I went for rabbit with prunes, as it is a typical dish for Bruges.
P.S. This weekend (from Saturday 26th until Monday 28th September) you can visit the ‘Kookeet’ festival in Bruges; a perfect opportunity to discover Belgian dishes - prepared by great culinary chefs.
P.S.S. Learn how to make rabbit with prunes here.