Travel to Tomorrow in Bruges

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In September 2019 the two-day summit ‘Travel to Tomorrow – Growing Forward Together’ will take place in Bruges.

This summit brings together entrepreneurs, opinion and policymakers around contemporary questions and challenges in the tourism sector.

A varied mix of lectures, workshops and experience sessions provides each participant with interactive opportunities to be inspired by the transforming power of tourism and grow professionally. Flemish and international top speakers link the theoretical framework to practical examples and issues of great touristic, but also broad social relevance. A must-visit event for everyone who wants to contribute in an innovative, sustainable way to future proof tourism!

Program

  • The two-day summit, dinner with 5 top speakers on Thursday evening included: 12 – 13 September in Bruges (150 euro, excl. vat)
  • Dinner with 5 top speakers: Get inspired, network and enjoy a nice dinner in a unique place in Bruges: 12 September, 19:00-21:00 (75 euro, incl. vat)

Check the full program on the Travel to Tomorrow website.

Summer Vibes in Bruges

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– URB EGG – café

This year the URB EGG-café is opening right in the city center, in front of the monumental Stadsschouwburg. In the shadow of this impressive cultural institution, you can pause for a while, participate in one of the free events, enjoy the vibrant city life… or simply relax and quench your thirst.

A new summer means a new URB EGG Café. After the warehouses at the DuPont site (2015), the Gentpoort (2016), the Station Park (2017) and the Poortersloge (Burghers’ Lodge) (2018), it is time to explore a new location. And what a location!. Near the city theater from 29 June to 8 September.

Apero at the Fishmarket
Every Friday from 16u tot 22u (July and August)

– Moods
Summer festival in the city center of historic Bruges.

Friday, July 26th until Thursday, August 8th — Bruges

8 concert nights. (line-up)

– Klinkende kroegen
Free live bands every Wednesday in July and August.. Three performances in three pubs per evening. from 18u00 tot 24u00.

Wednesday 31 juli:

  1. Charlie Rockets, Hoogstraat 19, Brugge – The Two Timers – Bebo & The Good Time Boys
  2. De Belleman Pub, Jozef Suvéestraat 22, Brugge – optreden in Park – Hideaway
  3. Café De Reisduif, Langerei 30, Brugge – optreden in de Annuntiatenstraat – dj Harm – Bruges Swan Patrol

Wednesday 7 augustus:

  1. De Republiek, Sint-Jakobstraat 36, Brugge – suprise act ism met Cactus & KAAP
  2. l’Estaminet, Park 5, Brugge – optreden in het Koningin Astridpark – Buddy Munro – The Esta All Stars
  3. Brouwerij De Halve Maan, Walplein 26, Brugge – The Fortune Tellers

Wednesday 14 augustus:

  1. ‘t Verdriet van België, Sint-Jansstraat 1, Brugge en Huis De Cluuse, Kraanplein 4, Brugge – optreden op het Kraanplein – Ventilateur – Dollarqueen
  2. Tapasbar Est, Braambergstraat 7, Brugge – optreden op de Vismarkt – Mexico Show
  3. ‘t Brugs Bieratelier, Wijngaardstraat 13, Brugge en De Wijngaart, Wijngaardstraat 15, Brugge – optreden in de Noordstraat – Vicky & Marcel – Lajos and the Gang

Wednesday 21 augustus:

  1. ‘t Hof van Beroep, Langestraat 125, Brugge – optreden op de parking Vuldersreitje – Dirty5 – Dust
  2. The Monk, Vlamingstraat 37, Brugge – No Limits – The Damnettes
  3. ‘t Gezelleke, Carmersstraat 15, Brugge – Ambrazar

Wednesday 28 augustus:

  1. ‘t Risico, Jeruzalemstraat 53, Brugge – Chouffe Band
  2. Punta Est, Predikherenrei 1, Brugge – optreden in de Predikherenstraat – Lajos and the Gang – Willy Sommers
  3. ‘t Nieuw Walnutje, Walplein 3-4-5, Brugge – The New Image

– Summer bar The Night
From 13 June until 22 August, from 16u until…

Tillegemstraat in Sint-Michiels.

-Travel to Tomorrow – Growing Forward Together

This summit brings together entrepreneurs & opinion makers around contemporary questions and challenges in the tourism sector. A varied mix of keynotes, workshops, experience sessions and interviews provides each participant with interactive opportunities to be inspired by the transforming power of tourism and grow professionally. Flemish and international top speakers link the theoretical framework to practical examples and issues of great touristic, but also broad social relevance. A must-visit event for everyone who wants to contribute in an innovative, sustainable way to future proof tourism!

The two-day summit, dinner with 5 top speakers on Thursday evening included: 12 – 13 September in Bruges

In Search of Bruges Finest Chocolate 

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Walking the old city streets of Bruges with the sun shining on your brow, you just can’t help but notice the beauty of the city, it puts a sparkle in your eye and a smile to your lips… but then your 4th sense is taken over.. the smell of chocolate is in the air. Dark and yet sweet, rich and delicate, creamy and mouthwatering. It entices memories of first tastes and first kisses, setting your mouth alight with expectation. You follow the scent over cobbled paths and past exquisite churches until finally you step inside one of Bruges’ finest chocolatiers ….

Sweertvaegher

This wonderful chocolate shop opened its doors more than half a century ago, and has been a staple on the chocolate route of Bruges since then. Sweertvaegher’s appeal comes in two forms, exquisite flavours and unrivalled presentation. The shop front lulls you in with promises of fine jewellery, it is after all modelled after a fine jewellers, but as you find out looks can be deceiving, as instead of jewellery, you are faced with the most incredible morsels of deep creamy chocolate. 

This decadent ruse is played through to the interior too where wooden cabinets contain whipped cream bourbons, chocolate truffles and the most exquisite pralines. 

The Old Chocolate House

The Old Chocolate House more than lives up to its name, with wonderful chocolate and a façade that could quite easily belong to another era. The old moniker is played throughout with a traditional “sweet shop” feel to the interiors. The scents combined with the charm of the decor bring about a certain kind of nostalgia – like childhood. Not yours or mine, but that of our Gradparents’. Alongside delicious chocolate, you’ll find things like marzipan, honey, gingerbread and biscuits. 

Pierre Marcolini

Pierre Marcolini is a name any chocolate connoisseur will have uttered on more than one occasion. The self professed taste designer is well known in Belgium and the world for pushing boundaries, blending aromas and creating what are to many of his fans, truly unparalleled taste sensations. You’ll find delicately created pralines, truffles and macaroons on the shelfs of this haute choclaterie. Once you walk inside you’ll come face to face with glass counters filled with the most jewel-like assortment of chocolates you’re ever likely to encounter. 

Everything is impeccably well presented and the tastes on offer are a delicious blend of unique, modern creations and traditional flavours. If you’re searching for a gift for a loved one, perhaps an anniversary or just because, then there are few names in the chocolate world that set passions alight like Pierre Marconi does.

Dumon

This is one of favourites for taste. It’s built into a 400-year-old house just a street away from Market Square, which sets the scene for a chocolate tasting just perfectly. From cherry liqueurs to walnut, ever flavour on offer is well considered and delicious. The taste is smooth and the chocolate melts in the mouth like the most fragile of creams, creating a truly decadent experience. 

Dumon is a small family business of just 6 employees but it’s Stefan Dumon who crafts each incredible chocolate morsel by hand, resulting in the freshest and must luxurious chocolate in Bruges. Of course, chocolate is ingrained in the culture here in Bruges and you’ll find every type and flavour is available. We recommend the older, smaller family businesses – as many of the larger names indulge in a little too much mass production for our tastes, which often results in flatter flavours and more mundane creations. But stepping into a chocolatier like Dumon or Sweertvaegher, has always and will always remain a unique experience. The subtle intricacies of hand made pralines and truffles set the heart alight, and the scents… ah the scents are enough to whisk us up into the air to carry us off to chocolate heaven. If you’d prefer a more visual guide to chocolatiers in Bruges then take a look at our Chocolate board over on Pinterest, which we’ll continue to update as we discover more wonderful chocolate.

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