Discover Benelux, Issue 45, September 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Bruges  |  Eat, Drink & Sleep Spots


A historic night A very warm welcome awaits you at the Hotel Jacobs Brugge, a charming three-star hotel ideally situated for exploring the wonders of Bruges. Hotel Jacobs undoubtedly embodies the fairytale atmosphere you can find everywhere in Bruges, with its building being one of the typical stepped-gable structures. The hotel is located near the Langerei, one of the picturesque canals that once transported cargo for the medieval textile industry. The Lace Centre, the Folklore Museum and the St. Gillis and St. Anna churches are also a mere stone’s throw away, as well as the Belfry Tower and the famous Great Market. “Wherever you are in Bruges, every corner and street is even more beautiful than the last,” says Valeria Glazov, who owns the hotel together with her husband Andre. It is not a surprise the city was dubbed ‘the Venice of the North’ a long time ago.


Hotel Jacobs opened its doors in 2011. With only 22 rooms, it exudes the charm of a boutique hotel. The extensive breakfast buffet deliciously completes your stay, with fresh waffles, pastries, juices and even charcuterie on offer. Looking to have a drink before (or after) your stroll through beautiful Bruges? The bar

and lounge provides liquors and – naturally – a large selection of Belgian beers. Located not far away from the scenic Belgian coast, Hotel Jacobs serves as the perfect backdrop for those planning a long weekend to explore West Belgium. Yet even if it is for one night, Hotel Jacobs is the place to stay. For more information, please visit

Bruges’ late-night culinary staple TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK  |  PHOTOS: BISTRO CHRISTOPHE

Serving classic, season-bound dishes that are topped off with a rare sense of passion: that is Bistro Christophe. This evening and nighttime restaurant has been a wellknown and beloved face in the city of Bruges since 1998. The warm wooden interior, the open kitchen, but above all the fine scents, make Bistro Christophe a delight from the moment you step in. Set right in the midst of the historic centre of Bruges, chef Christophe Verheyen serves his guests from 6pm until late at night, making the

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bistro the ideal spot for long nights of dining and good conversation. The menu boasts fine Belgian classics accompanied with French elements. The chefs work exclusively with daily fresh ingredients, of which most are sourced at local (meat or fish) farms. “Our menu changes four times a year, depending on what the season has to offer,” says Verheyen. “Our classics? The Dover sole with salad, fresh chips or mashed potatoes. And the Chateaubriand is also very popular.” Bistro Christophe’s late opening hours make the restaurant the ideal address for an

intimate bite after a trip to the theatre or cinema, when the stunning town of Bruges is perhaps at its prettiest. Currently, the bistro shuts at 1am, and from 2018 the kitchen will close at 11am. Although the opening hours may be shortened - Bistro Christophe’s passion for food will remain ever the same.

Booking is desirable For more information, please visit

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