Whilst it’s true that Bruges has a reputation for being something of a chocolate-box, fairytale, tourist town, it’s also well-known amongst foodies for the high quality and variety of its restaurants – so much so that I’ve developed a gastronomic bucket list to work my way through.

For the purposes of this trip, I singled out Blackbird, which, although a relatively new establishment (it only opened last year), is already doing extremely well and has cropped up time and time again when discussing morning eateries. It’s also been highly recommended by both The Culture Trip and Elle Magazine BE as one of the 10 best places for brunch in Bruges.

I visited with three friends, and having spent the previous day cycling to-and-from the Belgian coast, a lengthy brunch had been well-earned. Although it doesn’t have a specific brunch menu, Blackbird offers three set breakfast menus, ranging from 12.50-25.00 EUR. Their special offering is the Breakfast Tapas menu, which is equivalent to being presented with your own personal sweet and savoury mini-buffet. However, for this particular special, you need to request it specifically in advance (when making your reservation) and there’s a minimum requirement of 2 people to order it.

Outside seating is limited, but if the weather is good it’s absolutely worth reserving as Jan-van-Eyckplein is a lovely place to eat and people-watch, surrounded by some of Bruges’ amazing architecture, with trees and the canal in the backdrop.

Blackbird is a charming and welcoming spot, with plenty of attention paid to carefully detailed décor, and a brunch which certainly lived up to expectations. It’s one I’m sure to return to in the future.


  • Service style: Table
  • Vegetarian options
  • Wifi
  • Cards accepted
  • Outdoor seating
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