Beer, waffles, and chocolate, need I say more? But seriously Belgium is a great country with many scenic and cool cities to visit.
Whether you are in the capital, Brussels, and travel to The Grande Square for beautiful architecture and chocolate. Or head to Ghent with it’s medieval architectures or my favorite, Bruges. Bruges is an awesome town noted for its canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. It is like a fairy tale village.
In this Belgium travel guide you will find ways to save money, recommendations on lodging, where to eat, top thing to do, and so much more!
Chocolate shop in Bruges
Accommodation – You can stay in a hotel starting at around $100 USD a night or use Airbnb or VRBO which starts at $57 a night.
We stayed in a hotel, Hotel Amigo, in Brussels which was right next to Grand Place. We loved our stay. The hotel was clean, comfortable, and the staff was great. It is literally a 2 minute walk to the Grand Place. Rooms start at $250 USD.
For a more budget option in Brussels, I recommend the Courtyard By Marriott Brussels
For Bruges and the other cities, I highly suggest going the Airbnb or VRBO route. There are so many affordable and super charming flats to stay in close to the places you want to be at.
Food – There are so many options, meals are between $14-$30 USD. In Brussels you have countless options as this is the bigger city. One thing about Belgium we learned is the restaurants are small and have somewhat odd hours. You need to call and make reservations almost anywhere.
Pasta Divino is a must but it is really small and fills up fast so make sure you get reservations days in advance. Head to Maison Dandoy for amazing waffles! Take a chocolate tasting tour where you can have a taste from each of the best chocolatiers! Brussels is also home to many breweries like Cantillion. There are also many bars that have hundreds of great beers on tap. Try Delirium!
Bruges also has great food, beer, and chocolate. For good beer and food check out De Halve Maan Brewery. Another good spot for beer is De Garre. A good cafe is Gulliver Tree. Strolling around Bruge, you will see countless chocolate shops. Sample one or 10, you won’t be sorry!
Transportation – In Brussels you can get around via the Metro for an affordable price. There are armed guards on many of the trains but petty theft is common in this area so be aware and practice these travel safety tips.
Brussels also has plenty of taxis around for you to get around if you don’t want to take the metro.
In Bruges, as long as you stay locally you can pretty much walk everywhere. If you need to get around you can take a taxi.
Suggested daily budget – $100-$150 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in an airbnb, eating out, getting some beer and chocolate, and using local transportation or walking. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!). In this Belgium travel guide look below on some ways to save money on your trip to Belgium!
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Belgium is a great country to see for the architecture, the scenery, food, chocolate, and beer. Bruges especially is a very scenic and a must see city! I hope this Belgium travel guide gave you some good tips and ideas for your trip to Belgium!
For the top 10 things to do in Bruges head here.