From centuries-old architecture to picturesque canals, Bruges is known for its timeless beauty. However, it is the amazing cuisine that that truly captures the heart. Whether you’re a connoisseur of classic breakfast meals or an adventurer yearning for innovative dishes, these establishments promise a great experience for starting your day with an amazing brunch.
Books & Brunch
As the name suggests, this place is perfect for brunch. English breakfast, original salads and sandwiches as well as cupcakes for dessert fill the menu. During your meal, you can start to read through their enormous library, or buy secondhand books by the dozen. Children’s stories, romantic pocketbooks, literary novels and encyclopedias on gardening and other peculiar topics all line the shelves. The atmosphere at Books & Brunch is ‘nice and easy’, and this is reflected in their books and food.
Brunching in style is what you do in the Carpe Diem tearoom. This venue’s interior is the archetype of Flemish decor, with dark wooden paneling, stained glass windows and a lot of copper ornaments. The courtyard is incredibly cozy and the entire place has the feel of an old tavern which fits the medieval charm of Bruges. Brunch with champagne, luscious pancakes and waffles, salads and pasta, Carpe Diem has it all.
In the middle of a lush green scenery, surrounded by nature and a beautiful garden, you will find Tudor Castle, a preserved monumental castle built in the 20th century. Only a 10-minute drive from the city center, this castle offers a fancy brunch in a luxurious style every Sunday. The brunch is complete with amuses-bouche, a buffet of entrées, a selection of soups, fish and meat dishes and a buffet of desserts. Romance at its best.
Bagels, bagels, bagels; Sanseveria is heaven for lovers of circle-formed dough with a hole in the middle, cream cheese and extra little toppings. This bagel salon creates the most original of bagels in a vintage living room interior. Definitely try the one with crayfish, avocado, leek and cream cheese.
Li O Lait
Li O Lait is all about coffee. It is a perfect place to spend a rainy morning with a good book and a bagel, to warm your kids’ freezing hands after snowball fights with a hot cocoa or to gossip and chatter with your friends over delicate croissants or a homemade quiche. In summer, Li O Lait’s iced coffees are a delight as well. Nice little extra: the paintings on the walls are those of painter Roger Gobron, who lived and worked in that same house from 1899-1985. Nostalgia and melancholy are never far away, but above all this coffee bar is a feel-good place.
Another great brunch spot on the Jan van Eyckplein is Blackbird. Just a tad fancier in both decor and food, this one is unmissable. According to many, Blackbird serves the best croissants in Bruges, the tapas breakfast/brunch is extraordinary, their pain perdu is heavenly and the pannacotta divine. A must-taste, to say the least.
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