Bruges Outfits + Photo Diary

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If you haven't watched the film In Bruges you might not know this lovely gem of a city, but Bruges is a charming town in the northwest of Belgium and the perfect holiday destination for a (long) weekend. My boyfriend and I stayed for four days, which was plenty of time to explore the city, and we are planning to come back next winter or so :)

For this blog post I put together the outfits I wore each day on our trip as well as some snapshots of beautiful Bruges. Enjoy! 

day one

- arrival -

dress: ? ("inherited" from my granny)
t-shirt: H&M (old)
sneakers: Nike ("inherited" from my granny)

After a 3-hour train ride we arrived at the Bruges Station and headed to our cosy accommodations at the B&B Pickery Bruges which I highly recommend, it's very well furnished and the owner Ambrose is very nice and fun to chat with (breakfast is optional, we didn't book it as it didn't had many vegan options). The B&B is a little bit further out from the city center, but you can get to the big market square, the heart of Bruges, within 15 or 20 minutes of walking.

That's exactly what my boyfriend and I did after unpacking: take a first stroll to and through the city. We visited the market square with its 12th-century belfry, as well as the Church of Our Lady with the second tallest brickwork tower in the world, and the Old St. John's Hospital that is located directly next to the church (both in the picture below).

After our first exploration of beautiful Bruges we completed the day with a vegan pita wrap each (from The Olive Street Food) that came with a batch of Belgian potato fries, yum! With that we enjoyed some traditional Belgian beer from the local Bourgogne des Flandres brewery which is characterized by using a blend of old and young beer. Even I (not a big beer lover at all) liked the taste of it!

day two

- free walking tour -

On our second day we decided to join a free walking tour (as we often do when travelling to European cities) that lead us from the Market Square along the Church of Our Lady, Old St. John's Hospital, the St. Bonifacius Bridge (a popular romantic hot-spot that is ironically made out of old tombstones), the Gruuthusemuseum (the former palace of the Lord of Gruuthuse), the Beguinage (a complex that was built for unmarried, divorced, widowed or single women), the Minnewater Park with its numerous white swans and the Lover's Bridge, and the De Halve Maan brewery, one of the oldest breweries in Bruges since 1856.

The first two photos of this day were taken at the so-called Rozenhoedkaai (apparently the most photographed place in Bruges – the house with the wooden facade in the second picture is the hotel where Colin Farrell jumps out of the window in the film In Bruges by the way).

dungaree: Denim Co. (thrifted)
lace top: ? (thrifted)
sneakers: Nike ("inherited" from my granny)

After the free walking tour, my boyfriend and I went to a fully veggie place called De Plaats for dinner. I had the dish of the day (a vegan coconut curry with a side salad), and my boyfriend had a Lebanese stew. Both was very delicious, but also very pricey in comparison (40 bucks for 2 meals and 2 drinks).

day three

- shop hopping -

One of the most inspiring shops I ever went into lately was this adorable little home and garden store called Dille & Kamille where my boyfriend and I got some great inspiration for our soon-to-move-into house :)

We also sought shelter in a cute little café called Books & Brunch where we both had a vegan hot chocolate (with a complimentary piece of vegan cake) to warm up on this rather gray and chilly day. Definitely coming back here next time!

shorts: H&M (thrifted)
top: cotton on (thrifted)
sandals: ? (thrifted)

hoodie: Clockhouse 
skinny jeans: Yessica
sneakers: Nike ("inherited" from my granny)

In the evening we joined another free walking tour which took us to a different area of the city, like one of the last four windmills in Bruges. The tour wasn't as insightful as the daytime one, but it was still nice to explore some more and see a little of Bruges at night (even though it didn't get dark until eleven).

day four

- on the hunt for Belgian chocolate -

dress: H&M (thrifted)
sandals: ? (thrifted)

Our last full day in Bruges was dedicated to hunting down some quality vegan Belgian chocolate and visiting some of our favourite places one last time (Old St. John's Hospital, Lover's Lake in Minnewater Park, the Beguinage). We ended up finding quite a lot of dairy-free chocolate bars as well as some vegan chocolate orangettes (candied orange zest covered in dark chocolate), yum!

By the way, did you know that those old step-gables houses from the 13th century are apparently called gingerbread houses? So cute!

day five

- Zeebrugge -

top: Tchibo ("inherited" from my granny)
skinny jeans: Yessica
sneakers: Nike ("inherited" from my granny

On the day of our departure we decided to make a trip to Zeebrugge (current port and subdivision of Bruges, only a half an hour train ride away from Bruges). It was quite windy that day, but after a while the sun came out and we had a lovely time after all, going for a loooong walk along the (rather plain and dead-jellyfish-filled) beach and through the dunes (so much fun!).

Also, we broke our personal record by walking a whole 35k steps that day!!!

To celebrate the end of our little holiday my boyfriend and I shared a bowl of delicious dairy-free ice cream (lemon, passion fruit 😍 and dark chocolate) at the gelateria Da Vinci in Bruges before taking a bus back home. We will be back, Bruges, we will be back!

Have you ever been to Bruges before? 
And have you seen the movie In Bruges? I'm definitely going to re-watch that now :)



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