Our last full day in Bruges and we have some items that still need to be checked off our list. We eat a light breakfast and then head out.
When we were walking out of our street, we could hear a commotion in the Grote Markt or Grand Square. It turned out today is market day. The entire square is loaded with vendors of every kind and lots of people there to make purchases. Very colorful and the smells filling the air were delightful – not that I didn’t think the horses were also wonderful.
We waded into the crowds to have a peek. There were vendors selling beautiful flowers, baked goods, fruits and vegetables, cheese and sausages. Others were selling cooked rotisserie chicken, wine, candy, meats and waffles.
Belgian Waffles? Those are on todays list, so we stopped.
Rather than filling ourselves up, we asked for an order of baby waffles. Same great waffles, just smaller sized. They were delicious – crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and warm. We had ours with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Others opted for Nutella or fruit sauce and everyone seemed to enjoy them.
Exiting market square, we headed to find another culinary treat – Belgian Chocolate. We have heard that one of the best makers is Dumon Chocolatier. We turned a corner and there was the shop – but it was closed. Luckily, I knew that they had another shop in town – we just had to find it.
We passed some shops that had great old-styled signs out front.
As lunch time was drawing near, we were zeroing in on a place to try the mussels and frites. We passed by one or two restaurants that showed them on the menu, but we continued walking.
And then we saw it – the other Dumon Chocolate shop. We wandered in and it smelled like I would expect Chocolate Heaven to smell. I restrained myself and we bought just a few pieces of chocolate with nuts and raisins. Mmmm…
As it was warm, we thought it would be best to take the chocolate back to the room. While walking, we found our lunch place – Poules Moules. Pretty easy to guess their specialty from their name. A quick stop at the room and back we went.
We both had the moules and frites. They have a few choices for preparation and a few sauces you can add. We went with the moules cooked in white wine. So we were able to cross off another item from our list – moules and frites with Belgian beer.
I don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but a portion is five dozen moules. By the time we finished we needed to walk them off and then rest for a while. Luckily dinner is not until 8:00 pm tonight.
We not only rested, but actually snoozed for a little while. Full tummies and beer will do that to you.
Our last dinner in Bruges would be at a restaurant called – “Le Chef et Moi”. Google maps says it is a one minute walk from our hotel. We’re old – it took us three minutes. The restaurant is in a beautiful building and is owned by a husband and wife. He is the chef, she runs the the front and serves.
We both selected the Chef’s menu – it consisted of a half-lobster, delicious cod with pasta, cheesecake for me and a caramel flan for Sue. Everything was wonderful! Truthfully, it was a steal, too. They could probably raise the price of the Chef’s menu by 10€ and it would still be priced reasonably.
Afterwards, we took a nice walk back and enjoyed the canal views one last time. We leave tomorrow and we are SO glad that we didn’t make Bruges a day trip from Amsterdam as some websites suggested.