I scoured Pinterest, Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other corners of the web in hopes of compiling a respectable list of lunch and dinner options. Unfortunately, the best research doesn’t always translate into a good dining experience.
I personally have the worst luck when it comes to choosing a restaurant which is why I prefer to stick to simple, inexpensive food, or make something from the local grocery store in our vacation rental. I’ll be sharing some of my travel dinner recipes soon, but for now – budget restaurants in Brugge.
Manna & Co. This restaurant was described as being a refreshing place to grab a quick and light lunch. After all the fries and waffles we’d been eating, I really looked forward to a salad chock full of fresh vegetables. Regrettably, my salad was served with a side of attitude.
The woman in charge clearly communicated her disdain for the little mouths in our party. Portions were subjective and tangibly stingy, especially for the make-your-own salad. When we drank some tea out of our thermos, she scolded us and insisted it was “not possible” for us to partake of our own beverage inside. This only goes to show that just because a restaurant has high chairs, it doesn’t mean it’s kid-friendly!
Regardless of our poor experience, Manna & Co was obviously a local favorite. Police officers came in for “the usual” and seating became scarce once the clock struck 12. Katelijnestraat 46
Quick. Our family has a somewhat twisted tradition of trying the McDonalds ripoffs in every country (Lotteria in South Korea, for instance). Quick is the Flemish imitation. Burgers and salads are acceptable; fries are atrocious by Belgian standards. Kids meals (Magic Box) even come with a strawberry yogurt for dessert. Come for the cheap food, stay for the market square view. Markt 14
Chez Vincent. Located on the east side of St. Salvator cathedral, Chez Vincent is a great place to grab a cone full of Belgian frites and some grilled snacks (we tried the shrimp on a stick). Not as good as Fritland, but still delicious and inexpensive. Sint-Salvatorskerkhof 1
Grand Cafe de Passage. A little bit off the beaten path, this restaurant serves mains costing no more than 10 euro. Dweersstraat 26
De Halve Maan Brewery. Take a tour of the brewery (7 euros including a beer), or stop in for a beer and a snack in the tavern. Walplein 26
Ribs ‘n Beer. At 18 euros just for the ribs, the only redeeming factor is these bones are all you can eat. Dinner only. Ezelstraat 50
If you know me, you’re wondering what in the heck I’m doing with a list that doesn’t include one single Mexican option. Sorry – I couldn’t find ANY! But, no worries, we still stuffed our faces with beans & rice and chips & salsa back at the holiday home. For an excellent Amsterdam option, check out my Los Pilones post here.
Any Brugge budget restaurants I missed? Leave a comment or review below.