about

Who?

We are Trudi & Jim, two vegans in our mid forties, living near Bruges (Flanders, Belgium). We went vegetarian in the mid nineties, and went vegan around 2010. Our main motive has always been the ethical perspective, although we are also inspired by the environmental and health aspects.
We don’t like to have our faces all over the internet, so you won’t see much more from us than Trudi’s kitchen apron or Jim’s vegan tattoo 😉 But we do post photos from our kitchen experiments, restaurants, stuff we see on the road, our veg garden, interesting things in media.
Some more personal stuff on why I started blogging, interests in music, gardening and more in this interview with Trudi.

We are interested in all aspects related to veganism: food, restaurants, vegan products, politics, social theory, activism, economics, culture, health, tourism, … In and around Bruges, but also keeping an eye on what’s happening in the rest of the world. We also blog in Dutch on our other blog Graswortels (formerly Veggieleven), and some of those posts also appear translated here, or vice versa.

Vegetable garden, Summer 2015
Jim in the vegetable garden
Trudi with Babette
Trudi with Babette

Bruges = Brugge

Bruges is a World Heritage Site of the UNESCO, because of its historic/medieval city center and many canals. It is also called ‘the venice of the north’. It is the capital of Western-Flanders, and has 117.000 inhabitants (of which 20.000 in the city center).

europemap  map_of_belgium

Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world visit Bruges. We sometimes get questions from visiting vegans, and it seemed there was not so much information available online. There are many different listings of vegetarian restaurants, but it’s not always clear whether they also serve vegans. Happy Cow‘s policy not to list restaurants that also serve veal etc, means many restaurants don’t get listed, although they do have vegan options or are happy to improvise for vegans.
When we went vegan a couple of years ago, we had no idea where we could go out for dinner anymore. At first glance, it seemed our options in Bruges were very scant. But gradually we started discovering some places! Not only in Bruges, but also beyond!

Restaurant Réliva, Bruges
Restaurant Réliva, Bruges

Impressions from the Bruges Vegan

This is our blog (obviously!), and we give our subjective impressions of restaurant visits, what we like or don’t like about shops, activities, or other things. Maybe you think lunching in Bruges’ only vegetarian restaurant De Bron is the next best thing to New York’s Candle 79, but we don’t. Maybe you would never dine in a restaurant that also serves foie gras, veal or other animal products, we do (although we would of course prefer all restaurants to be fully vegan!). Just saying, it’s not because we do or don’t fancy a place or the food we had there, you have to agree with us!
Of course we welcome you to give us your opinion and your experience. There is also a page with some tips and tricks for visiting Bruges (or Flanders/Belgium in general), with info on tap water, tipping, smoking, tourist trap, etc.

We’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment with a suggestion, your experience, what you did or didn’t like …

With love,
Trudi & Jim

47 Comments Add yours

  1. Tash says:

    Great website! Keep up the good work and informing fellow vegans.

    1. brugesvegan says:

      thanks Tash! we’ll do our best 🙂

  2. hmunro says:

    Wish I’d seen your blog before I visited Bruges! Thanks for the wonderful thoughts and insights you’re providing. Keep up the excellent work!

    1. brugesvegan says:

      thanks heather, maybe you can stop by again on your next trip to Europe!

      1. hmunro says:

        I very much hope so! I fell absolutely in love with Bruges!

  3. Hey there! You started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” I’d love to visit Belgium someday. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it there, but it’s great to know that you guys are here with lots of help on where to eat (that just might entice me to actually get there one day – we’ll see). Anywho – it’s a pleasure e-meet two wonderful vegans. Have an awesome week! Celeste 🙂

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Hi Celeste – nice to get to know you. Hope you make it to Belgium some day! Next to wonderful Bruges, there’s also Ghent (only 40km away) which has more vegetarian restaurants (with vegan options) per capita than any other city in Europe 😉

  4. Emy Will says:

    Hi. It is lovely to connect with others who care. Bruge, I am told, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. My son lived in Belgium for a while and I definitely want to visit. It is hard for vegans to find suitable restaurants so it is a wonderful idea to list these restaurants.
    Your English is perfect – I am impressed. Otherwise do you speak Flemish? As you know Afrikaans is similar. I think Brussels is mainly French speaking? Anyway, all the best Emy 🙂

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Hi Emy, nice to hear from you, and baie dankie for your compliments 🙂
      We indeed speak Flemish and it’s amazing how much Afrikaans is similar! We visited SA in 2005 (Cape Town and surroundings) and absolutely loved it! Hope one day we can go visit again. Love to stay in touch with you and am following your blog!

  5. Sophie33 says:

    I am an omnivore but my husband & I eat vegan 5x/week! Great blog!

  6. Sophie33 says:

    I am a Belgian too but live in Mechelen. I also blog about my vegan dishes. 😊

    1. brugesvegan says:

      great to have found your blog! nice!

  7. Denzil says:

    Very interesting blog. Would you like to contribute a guest blog post to mine (Discoveringbelgium.com)? You would be most welcome to.

    1. brugesvegan says:

      That would be great! thanks for the offer 🙂
      I’ll send you an e-mail
      Like your blog a lot btw, very interesting

  8. Hungry City Hippy says:

    Great blog guys! 🙂

    1. brugesvegan says:

      thank you! loved your blogpost about your visit to Bruges too. Lovely photos!

  9. Britt says:

    So much great information here! I’ll be visiting Belgium in a few months, so this is really helpful to me. Thank you for taking the time to put this site together! 🙂

    1. brugesvegan says:

      thanks Britt! it’s great to know our blog is appreciated 🙂
      hope you have a great time in Belgium!

  10. heartandsoulvegan says:

    I can’t wait to read more. Great blog!

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Thanks! always nice to meet fellow vegan bloggers.

  11. So much energy and passion has gone into developing this blog- it’s fantastic! It’s very useful to have so much genuine information in one place. It’s been very nice to meet guys and look forward to your upcoming posts. 🙂

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Thanks for your nice words, glad to see our blog is appreciated 🙂
      And am following yours too!

  12. Hi Brugesvegan! We have nominated you for a Liebster award! Check out my recent post for details 🙂

  13. carmen says:

    Nice to meet you! It is such a pleasure to connect with otther compassionate people around the world!

    Happy New Year!!

    ❤ carmen

    1. brugesvegan says:

      thanks Carmen, happy new year to you too 🙂 Glad to have found your blog.

  14. Glad to have discovered your compassionate blog through Emy’s untifur blog. Thank you for all the information you share.

    For a peaceful year where no one is harmed ♥

    ~Carmen

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Thanks Carmen. Glad to have discovered your blog too. All the best to you and your loved ones for 2015!

  15. Thanks for all the likes!!! We love Bruges–visited again last Christmas & was totally charmed! PS, had fabulous hot chocolate in a coffee shop there. Can’t remember the name but remember how delicious!

  16. Nice blog. I still have some old Belgian Franc notes, the ones with James Ensor and Rene Magritte on.

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Thanks! Glad you have found our blog (there’s no link to your blog on your avatar, do you have one?).
      Memories! I think the James Ensor one was the 100 franks note? Ensor was from my home town Ostend (near Bruges).
      He played a big role in the foundation of the animal protection organisation Blauwe Kruis van de Kust ‘Blue Cross of the Coast’. And also had a painting againt vivisection: “Les Infâmes vivisecteurs”!

      1. Secular Vegan says:

        I think that my avatar should now link to my blog. Thanks for the additional info about James Ensor. Maybe you could link that info to this site? I have a couple of books about him. I like the macabre humour in a lot of his pictures.

    2. brugesvegan says:

      Yes, the link is there now and I found your blog, which is very interesting!
      I’ll get working on a post about Ensor and animal right/ animal protection 😉

      1. Secular Vegan says:

        I just found Les Infâmes Vivisecteurs by a google search, but it is not a picture that I recognise. One that I do recognise which sums up his humour is Les Cuisiniers Dangereux:

      2. brugesvegan says:

        thanks, I love that painting (Les Cuisiniers Dangereux) too!

  17. Thank you so much for taking the time to follow my blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I will yours. I have family in Belgium and it’s such a beautiful country – I spent a lot of my childhood summers in Brussels. I look forward to reading your future posts.

    http://www.mirrorthelove.wordpress.com

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Thanks for following! Glad to have discovered your blog too.
      Hope you can make it back to visit Belgium one day! 🙂

  18. batelm2014 says:

    I am loving your blog already! It is nice to follow vegans from Europe as it is probably completely different then being a vegan here in NYC. I look forward to reading about all the amazing cuisines.
    http://www.beteavon2015.wordpress.com

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Thanks Bat-el. Vegan options are increasing across Europe, but we would love to go back to NYC one day, as we have never eaten so much as during the week we were there 😀 So many vegan options! It was great 🙂 Glad to keep in touch!

  19. I also want to transition myself to being Vegan, because of my health problems… good thing I come across to your amazing blog 😀

  20. carmen says:

    Hello Trudi and Jim! I’m so happy to meet more vegans and I love your blog! My daughter Jean has two blogs–Jeanofalltrades and …

    http://sunshineandslaughter.com/

    She is the one who got me started on my vegan journey, a way of life that keeps me healthy and gives me joy and peace in my heart.

    With compassion,

    ❤ carmen

  21. Maverick says:

    How does Bruges compare to Ghent for eating vegan and buying organic produce? Thanks!

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Hi Maverick, I don’t really follow what’s happening in Ghent in detail, but Ghent is known as a hub for vegetarians (and increasingly vegans too). There are several all vegan restaurants, and plenty with vegan options. There’s also a vegan shop VEDGE (limited opening hours – check before). So definitely better scoring than Bruges (Ghent is also a bigger town than Bruges), although options are on the increase here as well.
      Thanks for stopping by on my blog 🙂

  22. Eline says:

    Hi, I live in Bruges and became vegan one week ago. This site is really helpfull to me. Thank you so much!

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Bedankt Eline. Thanks. It’s nice to hear our blog is appreciated and helps you on your vegan journey! 🙂

  23. NMac says:

    Great website. My wife and I have been vegetarians for some 30 years now and, very slowly, we are edging our way to becoming vegan. Your website is a great encouragement.

    1. brugesvegan says:

      That’s great! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, appreciated 🙂

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