We stayed in Brugge for 4 nights at the end of June as part of a self-drive tour around Benelux. One big advantage of this B&B is that Monique has a parking space just outside which was free to use. Other places we'd been staying at had been charging up to 20 euros per day for parking.
We managed to find the B&B after a few attempts! Brugge is full of narrow one way streets, and if you miss a turn you can take a bit of time to get back to where you started! Be warned, don't park anywhere you shouldn't, the parking inspectors are ruthless!
Monique warmly greeted us (in English!) and showed us around the apartment. It is a fully self-contained apartment with everything you'd need to live there indefinitely!
Monique lives on the ground floor, and the apartment comprises a small kitchen, lounge and bathroom on part of the first floor, and bedroom on the second (the attic). There are narrow and steep steps leading to both levels. It could be difficult getting up or down these stairs if you were a bit frail, or if you had really heavy or large suitcases. We managed it OK. Stairs like that are just normal for this part of the world!
Because the apartment is totally separate, you can enter and leave the house without having to walk through any of Monique's personal living area. Monique also gives you your own key to get in and out of the front door whenever you want.
The B&B is located within easy walking distance of the town square and has a very pleasant view from the lounge window. On a good day you can see the guinea pigs grazing on the grass!
The apartment was clean and the bed was comfortable. It is ideal for a couple. There was a single bed on the 3rd level as well as the double, so three people could stay there OK, any more however could be a squeeze! The location is very quiet at night, away from the main tourist thoroughfares, so we had a good sleep each night. The only thing extra we'd have liked was an internet connection. There is an internet cafe in town if you are desperate, but we didn't use it.
We had booked our stay with breakfasts provided, not realising the apartment had such good facilities. Next time we'd probably get our own breakfasts, and with the money saved, stay an extra day! Monique's breakfasts however were really good, with something different every day. Breakfasts consisted of cold meats and cheese or omelette or French bread (yum!) as well as fresh breads, toast, freshly squeezed orange juice and tea/coffee etc. You don't leave the table hungry!
Monique is a "local" so knows the best places to eat. There are lots of cafes and restaurants in Brugge and it's very easy to make some really bad choices! Follow Monique's advice and you'll get good meals at reasonable prices. In particular, make sure you try the spaghetti at Medard's Cafe Brasserie. It tastes great, and costs only 3 euros for a good sized bowl of spaghetti bolognese; make sure you get a note from Monique before you go however, because without it you may not get a table. It's very popular, and in the evening all unused tables are marked as "reserved" and the owner chooses whom he serves! Be warned too that they are closed every Thursday!
We asked Monique about possible places to visit on a day trip by car from Brugge and she suggested the northern beaches, and even volunteered to be our guide, which we gratefully accepted! We had a great day visiting De Haan, Lissewege, Zeebrugge and Knokke-Heist. Her local knowledge really helped a lot.
If you are in Brugge on a Wednesday, don't miss the markets. The food and flowers are fantastic!
Overall we had a really great time in Brugge and really appreciated all that Monique did for us. We would definitely stay here again if we came back. If you are planning to visit, make sure you stay at least 3 days as there are so many things to see and do!
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