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Offline nateo

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Re: Any recommendations for Brussels/Bruges?
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2014, 05:35:03 PM »
We just got back from Brugge and Brussel. We stayed at the Thon in Brussel and the Biskajer in Brugge. Thon was a basic, new hotel, but it had AC and we were on the 25th floor so the view was fantastic. Biskajer had a great breakfast included.

Mort Subite's beer was disappointing, but the building was really cool. If your time is limited, I'd stay away from Poechenellekelder too. It had a good selection, but the prices were high. It's right across from the Manneken Pis so most of the people there were buying cokes and didn't care about beer. Moeder Lambic was awesome. We went to the one on Fontainas. The staff was great and the selection was smaller, but better.

De Kelk in Brugge was awesome as well, with a huge selection and the bartender (owner?) really knew his stuff. There's a De Struise bottle shop in Brugge as well that's cool. Also Casa Patata had awesome fries and half chickens. That was really the best food we found. There are lots of places that are really expensive and not very good. Brussel has a lot more options for good food.

I would probably do like 2 days in Brugge and the rest of the time in Brussel. It's probably not as bad in the fall, but it was like Disney Land in Brugge. I think we saw maybe 5 locals in two days, and they were all at De Kelk.
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Re: Any recommendations for Brussels/Bruges?
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2014, 07:42:44 PM »
We went in September 2006 and it was unseasonably warm, but we loved Antwerpen and Brugge and pretty much Brussels was just ok. Ghent was an interesting town, but about a day there was enough.

Based on my experiences at the beginning and end of the trip I'd still pretty much only do Brussels as a place to fly into and out of and to see a few sights. We did get to tour the Royal Palace so that was kinda cool before we headed off to a beer festival. I think we did two nights in Brussels close to a bad part of town (Hotel Albert), two nights in Antwerpen (Hotel Florida), two nights in Brugge (Hotel Cordoeanier), one night in Ghent (Hotel Castel) and one night in Brussels closer to the Grand Place(Hotel Aris).
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