I'll go city by city so this is gonna take awhile. We rented bikes in Brugge to ride to the seaside town of Oostende. Funny fact about Oostende: Marvin Gaye lived there for like a year. Here are scenes from the bike ride.
We spotted this place across the river, and I'm so happy we stopped there. It was just this little cafe in the middle of nowhere, but the beer list was huge.
Here's the place.
Here's the harbor of Oostende. It's an OK little port town.
Food is pretty pricey in Belgium, so I only had mussels once (in Maredsous sauce at Spinnekopke in Brussels, thanks to KW for the rec!). I was stoked when we spotted a row of seafood shacks in Oostende that were affordable and delicious. Mmm..herring, pickles anchovies, octopus salad and some mystery sea creatures.
Here's Brugge. It's very picturesque and touristy. I respond to touristy stuff by not taking as many pictures, so I don't have a lot of the town.
This was a great beer store in Brugge. It's a small chain, there's one in Brussels, too. It's like the best stocked beer store I've ever seen. No big deal.
My favorite day trip that we took out of Brugge was to the De Dolle brewery in Esen. We took a train and then walked a few kilometers through the country. Here's the outside of De Dolle.
A lot of breweries make pate with their beer. Here's the De Dolle Oerbier pate.
Here's the patio at De Dolle. We chilled there for hours.
De Dolle had an Easter beer called Bos Keun that is delicious.
That's the brewer in the right hand corner. He has a blazer that has the wacky Oerbier guy on it.
Here's a little Brugge canal picture. It is this pretty all over the place, but also tourist-choked with lots of dumb stores like H and M.
This is a Brittany-style crepe place in Brugge. It was my favorite place I ate there.
Here's the crepe, with cider of course. I came away from this trip pretty stoked on cider.
Brugge has a wonderful bar called Beertje that we chilled at a couple of times. They had a Cantillon glass that I never found anywhere to buy. I liked it because the cursive made it such a lady glass.