Also part of our national list, St Christopher’s Bruges edition draws Belgian beer lovers in like moths to a flame. Located above the Bauhaus, an authentic Belgian beer bar of 30 years that’s usually pleasantly packed with locals and travelers alike, there are over 25 types of beer to taste at any given time right below your bunk. Upstairs, St Christopher’s – smartly using their tons of experience in the hostel business – has equipped their pod-style bunk beds with slide-around curtains for extra privacy. Plus, their flashy green bikes are a great option if you want to explore Bruges’ green countryside.
Langestraat 133-137, 8000 Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 34 10 93
One of Bruges’ most pocketbook-friendly hostels – rates are known to dip below 15 euros – has its own quiet patch a fifteen-minute walk from the city center. Dorms may be simple and the place might sport a ‘back to basics’ vibe, but the breakfast is free, the staff is friendly and a brisk walk towards the city center will not only wake you up but also give you a glimpse at Bruges’ lovely countryside to boot.
Baron Ruzettelaan 143, 8310 Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 35 26 79
What you’d call a boutique hostel if there were such a thing, Hostel de Passage is just a tad more luxurious and intimate than your typical crashing den for nomadic 20-somethings. The pastel blue townhouse, not even half a kilometer away from the main market square, has ten rooms that are all limited to two, three or four beds. The pièce de résistance is its downstairs bistro Gran Kaffee de Passage, where Flemish comfort food is served in the most charismatic of Art Deco interiors.
Dweersstraat 26, 8000 Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 34 02 32