When you’re visiting Belgium you probably want to stop by Bruges. Its a wonderful city, charming and it has loads of things to do and see (and taste hehe). However when it rains (and it rains quite often in our lovely country) your plans to explore the city might be a bit ruined. Well, I’ve got you! Here are a few things you could do when it rains in Bruges.
Warm yourself up in one of the amazing coffee- and teashops. There are so many spread over the city centre but one of my favorites has got to be The Gulliver Tree. It’s run by two sisters and their mom helps out, you’ll instantly feel welcome when you stop by. There’s a whole variety of tea and coffee and they make amazing cakes as well. When you’re looking for something heartier to fill you up on a drowsy day they also provide a soup lunch for under 10 euros.
|Find out more about Bruges’ history
Bruges has loads of museums but the one were you learn more about the beautiful city that is Bruges has got to be Historium. This isn’t just a regular old museum, it takes you to Bruges during the medieval age. You walk trough the interactive museum and at the end you can even go onto the balcony and admire the Markt (if its not raining too much). When you’re done browsing trough the gift shop you can enjoy a local beer at the Duvelorium, the museum café.
|Spend some money
There are two main shopping streets where you’ll find loads of shops. You have the bigger chains like H&M, Zara, New Look, .. but there are also some local shops to explore. It’s a nice way to shelter from the rain and pass some time (and maybe find some souvenirs).
|Taste Belgian beers
As you probably know, Belgium is known for its beer. We make some of the best in the world. There are a few breweries you can visit but an easier way to try different beers is off course a pub/café. You can find so many but I would stay away from the bigger places and find some places hidden away from the public. A few I like are: Charlie rockets, the Irish pub, Republiek, Rose Red, ’t Poatersgat, … Most of them are open throughout the whole week so you’re set to taste those beers.
There are some really pretty churches spread over the city and they are a great way to get out of the rain and admire the architecture. You can look up the different ones online and take your pick. Or even do them all in one day, Bruges isn’t that big!
So I hope I answered the question; ‘what to do in Bruges when it rains’ for you. Don’t forget an umbrella!
Oh and if you’re getting hungry after all that exploring, try the Belgian fries underneath the Belfry tower (Belfort in Flemish). There are two little green houses where you can order some delicious Belgian fast food.