The foodie choices in Bruges range from Michelin-starred to mobile stands in the Markt selling fries in paper cones, with just about everything between. There’s no need to be snobbish by eschewing the “tourist” restaurants in the central squares; service is (almost) universally slick and charming, prices can be reasonable if you follow the “menu du jour,” and all menus feature local specialties, which are, after all, what you certainly came to sample.
Before you commit to sitting down in a restaurant, check the prices on the menus that must—by law—be displayed outside. This will put a stop to any nasty surprises over the cost of the dishes on offer, but drinks are often a bone of contention in Bruges too; the prices often appear ramped up but unfortunately it’s simply an expensive city. Beer and wine are better options than fizzy drinks, and remember, never, ever ask for tap water in a Flanders restaurant, unless it’s for your dog. It’s bottled water or bust.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.