|Subject: What to do in Brugge|
The enclosed is the information i have on restaurants, shopping and
sightseeing Brugge, it is a fabulous city. sandra
La Civiere d'Or, Markt 33. On the corner of Market Square for about 40 years. Very Flemish interior with an outside terrace for summer dining. Dinner for two about $30.
Malesherbes, Stoofstraat 3. A small French bistro-delicatessen on an old fire lane near the town center. Very small. Parisian owner does a great beef Bourguignon and Breton fish soup. Dinners run about $11 per person.
't Nieuw Walnutje, Walplein 4. A small brasserie on a delightful square. Has a very cozy, French- bistro ambience. Food very Flemish and good. Dinners about $9 per person.
Belle Epoque, Zuidzandstraat 43, in the city center, serving some delicious regional dishes. Inexpensive.
Duc de Bourgogne, Huidenvettersplein 12; 332038, a hotel restaurant with heavy chandeliers, tapestry curtains and walls that are covered with takeoffs on the masters by students of the city art school. Discreet, efficient service serving very good food, especially fish dishes. Prices run $28-$60 per person.
Malpertuus, Eirmarkt 9; 333038, a simple place with a lobster tank in the cellar dining room with main dishes with opening courses from $18-$35 per person.
't Schryverke, gruuthuse 4; 332908. Stands along museum row and offers reasonable lunches like smoked ham and mixed salad for $11.
't Vagevuur, Sint-Amandsstraat 23, a bistro on a busy shopping street, sidewalk tables are arranged in front. Very good food between $5-$17.
City most famous for its delicate lace made with spindles. Center of lace industry is on Breidelstraat, the street that connects the Grote Markt with Burg Square.
Best places to buy lace: Belgian Lace Center and School, 3A Peperstraat Rococo, 9 Wollestraat Selections, 10-14 Breidelstraat t'Apostelientje, 11 Balstraat
Main shopping streets are those leading to the Markt and the old town gates.
Steenstraat is the city's prime shopping avenue. It runs southwest from the main square, changes its name to Zuidzandstraat then ends at 't Zasndt, a collection of modern sculpture and fountains that tops the city's underground parking lot.
Shopping hours: From about 9 am to 6 or 7 pm. Fridays stores open until 9 pm.
Markets: Saturday morning at 't Zand &Beursplein. Wednesday morning on the Burg. Sat. &Sun. afternoons flea market on the Dijver (Mar-Oct)
Apostelientje Lace Shop, Balstraat 11, offers a selection of antique and contemporary lace $25 and up.
The Little Lace Shop, Markt 11, is a good source for investment lace, including monumental lace tablecloths and napkin sets that sell for thousands of dollars.
Firma Pickery, Vismarkt 13, near the old Fish Market, good place for souvenir lace where doilies and runner cost from $1 to $70.
Best time to come is late September or October after the tourists have left and before winter sets in!
You can book an official guide through the tourist office. There are no conducted tours at set times. Cost: $9.00 an hour with a 2-hour minimum. (About $20 for 2 hours.)
You can also take your own walking tour of Brugge. Map at Tourist office, Markt 7.
Horse-drawn cabs depart from the Markt. Tour is 35 minutes. $20 per carriage. Over that time it is 80BF per 15 minutes.
Boat-trips on the city canals. Daily March through November 10 am to 6 pm. Boats depart when filled, trip takes 32 minutes. Fare: about $4.00. Probably the best way to orient yourself to Brugge.
Bicycles can be rented by the hour, day or week. Upon presentation of valid train ticket can get a discount on bike rental. About $2.00/ hour, $4.50/day ($3.30 with train ticket); about $12.50/week. Because countryside is flat there are bike paths everywhere and this is a good way of exploring.
St. Saviour's Church (Cathedral), the oldest parish church 12th-15th century) in Brugge.
Church of Our Lady, 13th-15th century. Famous for its paintings, carvings and the white marble statue of the Madonna by Michelangelo.
Belfry and Halles, most remarkable monument of the town, 13th-16th century. Has 260-ft. tower. On second story wrought iron railing of the former medieval treasure-room and the triumph-bell. The carillon of Brugge is most famous in Europe.
Basilica of the Holy Blood, a 12th-century structure that for 7 centuries or more has held a scrap of cloth said to be soaked with the blood of Christ. On Fridays the relic is displayed for the public.
Government Palace, neo-Gothic style. Seat of the Provincial Council of West Flanders. Town Hall, one of the oldest Gothic town halls of the Low Countries, 1376-1420.
Court of Justice, 18th century building taking the place of the palace of the Brugse Vrije of 1520.
Medieval town gates: Cross Gate 1403; Donkey's Gate 1615.
Blacksmith's Gate, well-kept medieval fortification, dates from 1297.
Jerusalem Church, modeled after the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. TO get in, just ring the bell to the right of the gate. Nearby is the lace-making center, a casual sort of place where women of all ages drop in to socialize and craft intricate items such as doilies and lovely collars.
Museum voor Volkskunde, a row of pale-yellow former almshouses, now displaying scenes of various medieval craftsmen.
Groeninge Museum has Belgian and Dutch paintings, including the spectacularly detailed 15th century work of Jan van Eyck.
The Gruuthuse Museum, a converted 15th century palace are found several centuries' worth of kitchen tools, household accessories, outmoded weapons and in one dark corner, a 15-foot high guillotine from 1796.
Tanner's House, 17th century. #10 Rozenhoedkaai. Most picturesque spot in Bruges