28 November 2012

brugge | part 2 & a few totally subjective recommendations

As promised/threatened in my last post ... more photographs of Brugge!

Curiously, and apropos of absolutely nothing, I was reviewing the notes that I took on our trip and they reminded me of one our Quotes of the Day while we were in Brugge: "that's not a poop, it's a bear!" (told you it was apropos of absolutely nothing).

Alrighty then, onto the photos ...

And now, for my Brugge favourites!

Cycling to Damme

Fabulous Greek food at The Olive Tree.  I know it may seem odd to be having Greek food in Belgium, but I love, love Greek food ...
The Olive Tree
Wollestraat 3, 8000 Brugge

They are two of my very favourite things, so when we walked past a cafe called Books & Brunch, we had to visit (ah, twice in one day).  Excellent coffee, excellent food, lovely service and, of course, books.  And because these things are important when you are out and about all day - good bathrooms, too!
Books & Brunch
Garenmarkt 30, 8000 Brugge

If you are looking for a Christmas hit at any time of year, visit De Witte Pelikaan.  All I can say about this store is oh. my. goodness.  It's like Christmas exploded, but in the most gorgeous of ways (be sure to venture downstairs as well).
De Witte Pelikaan
Vlaminstraat 23, 8000 Brugge

After your dose of Christmas-sy goodness, you can wander down the road to Patisserie Salon Servaas van Mullem to sit under sparkly chandeliers and indulge in miniature work-of-art cakes to the strains of classical music.  To this day, D talks about the cake that he had there.
Patisserie Salon Servaas van Mullem
Vlamingstraat 56, 8000 Brugge

Brugge (and I suppose Belgium in general, given the whole "Belgian chocolate" thing) is full of boutique, artisan chocolatiers, and we loved Depla Chocolatier in particular (plus the lady we spoke to was so very kind and friendly).  We visited a couple of times to try out their various offerings, although D still won't let me eat the pretty squares of chocolate topped with pansies that we bought - they had better still be okay, grr!
Depla Chocolatier
Mariastraat 20, 8000 Brugge


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