All posts tagged: Brugge

T-shirts, sweaters and more at eco-vegan shop Leeloo, Bruges

Shop review #52 – Leeloo is a clothes and accessories shop in the city center of Bruges. It is located in the Sint Jakobsstraat, which is very close to the central market. It exists since about 20 years, and has always focused on selling sustainable, eco-friendly clothing! In April 2018, Leeloo announced on their facebook page that from then on, all products at the store are animal free! Yeah! So shortly afterwards, I went to pay them a visit. The shop is well packed, with a great selection of T-shirts, pants, sweaters, … There are also some body and care products and some bags. The shop has a nice modern ‘urban’ look, and several mirrors give it a more spacious impression. There’s also a wall with a nice collection of stickers. I looked around for a while, and then boughts some T-shirts. The only thing that withheld me from shopping a bit longer, was the very loud techno music (I can only describe it as a mixture between house and Kraftwerk 😀 ) which was driving …

#180 Nice lunch at De Republiek (2), Bruges

restaurant review #180 – De Republiek is a brasserie in the city center of Bruges, close to the market square (north west of market). De Republiek is also a cultural hub with rooms for art exhibitions, socio-cultural events and a movie theater. We were here previously in the fall of 2016 (see review here). De Republiek has had a complete makeover in the Fall of 2017. The place is much brighter and modern now. When we visited for lunch a couple of weeks ago, they were still working on the inner court terrace, but it looked like it would be quite a nice and large terrace! We were at De republiek for an early lunch. I had made a reservation through the website, but that seemed not to have been necessary (still plenty of space). I think it is more crowded in the evening, and is advised to make a reservation for dinner though. There is one vegan dish standardly available on the menu: the Saint Tropez dish, which is an ovendish with vegetables (sweet potato, broccoli, …

#172 Light lunch at Bohio, Bruges

restaurant review #172 Bohio is a lunch bar in the city center of Bruges. It is in the Noordzandstraat, which, as you can already tell from the name, is a street leading to ‘t Zand. Bohio was originally in de Ezelstraat, but moved to this location a couple of weeks ago. When I was looking for Bohio, I found number 85 in the Noordzandstraat , and I found a shop with … clothes. Then I noticed the sign at the pavement pointing to the lunch bar, at the back of the clothes shop. So it is a bit tucked ayway from sight. It was a surprise to see it right next to a hair salon, also in the same space. UPDATE – see below There are several vegan options standardly available at Bohio, bowls, sandwiches, and salads. The bread of the sandwiches was said to be vegan. There is also vegan cake available, made by Chez Mariette. The plat du jour can always be veganised. And there are also fresh juices. This is what I had …

A look inside Bed & Breakfast AM/PM in Bruges

Bruges is visited by millions of tourists each year. Some only spend one day in Bruges, others come for a short city trip and stay overnight, possibly combined with excursions to other touristic hotspots in Flanders, like Flanders Fields or the coastal area. As I live near Bruges myself, I hardly know any places to stay overnight (or at least, not well enough to recommendend any). To my surprise, I saw a vegetarian bed and breakfast listed on Happy Cow last year, called AM/PM.  And through some mutual friends, I also heard that the hosts of the B&B, Tiny and Kevin, are more and more exploring veganism, and that they also serve vegan breakfast! (NOTE: see update below) As such, I asked them if I could pay them a visit, to take a look inside! And so a couple of weeks ago, I had a nice chat with host Tiny, about the renovation of the house, their journey to veganism and their experiences with running a bed & breakfast in Bruges! Bed & breakfast AM/PM is …

#166 Very nice lunch at Hashtag Food, Bruges (4)

restaurant review #166 –  Hashtag Food is a restaurant at the edge of Bruges. It is not a vegan restaurant, but they have several vegan options standardly available.  Hashtag Food used to be in the city center, but in the Fall of 2017, the restaurant moved to a quieter area at the edge of the city, near the Scheepsdalebrug. We have visited Hashtag Food on several occasions throughout the years. Previous reviews of Hashtag Food are here. But this was our first visit to the new location at the Scheepsdalebrug. This review is from a visit at the beginning of this year. The new location is a nicely renovated place, with earth and wood like colours dominating the atmosphere. The old vinyl records as placemats have remained. I love the idea, but as a music lover, also have some heartache using vinyl this way! The menu options have changed somewhat. The only vegan appetizer is a tapas selection. Options to make combinations (eg potatoe wedges on the side) are gone, as it became too difficult to …

#163 Nice lunch at Li O Lait, Bruges

restaurant review #163 – Li O Lait is a lunch/coffee bar in the city center of Bruges, close to ‘t Zand. I had lunch here a couple of weeks ago with a friend. I had inquired back in 2016 whether they had any vegan options, and received a positive reply. Li O Lait had also posted an announcement about vegan bagels in May 2017 on their facebookpage and I had seen several posts about vegan cake being served. Before going, I telephoned again to be sure they serve something vegan, as there is no mention about anything vegan on their website. And they do! Reservation was said not to be necessary for lunch, if we came early. And so we did. There are no vegan options mentioned on the menu, but there’s a line that says that vegans can ask what’s on offer. So we did, and this is what we had for lunch: the soup of the day, and the bagel with tomato, salad and guacamole (bagel bread is said to be vegan). For dessert, we had …

#162 Nice lunch at Indian restaurant Shalimar, Bruges

restaurant review #162. Shalimar is an Indian restaurant at the edge of the city. It is located just outside the Gentpoort, in Assebroek. It was already 5 years ago that we had been to Shalimar. Since then, the restaurant has changed owners. After our lunch, we paid a visit to the new shop of Origin’O just across the street. A very nice shop, see our impressions here. There are several vegetarian dishes mentionned seperately on the menu (section ‘vegetarian’) of which most seem to be vegan. We inquired when ordering, and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the ingredients of the dishes. The naan was said to be with yoghurt, so we just had plain rice with the main dishes. We were served a small appetizer with the drinks. As the waiter was putting it on the table we saw a white drizzled line on the snacks, and at the same time he realised it too and said it was with yoghurt and would bring something else. Which followed shortly. It was a very nice appetizer, …

#160 Vegan dinner at Beerresto De Brugsche Tafel, Bruges

restaurant review #160  – De Brugsche Tafel is a ‘beer restaurant’ in the city center of Bruges (just 5 minutes from the central Market and the Belfry). De Brugsche Tafel literally means ‘the table of Bruges’. The restaurant has a nice selection of beers. Since a a couple of months, De Brugsche Tafel has vegan dishes standardly available on the menu. Nice! So we made a reservation (inquired again whether we could get something vegan when we telephoned, which was said to be no problem) and went here for dinner. Our visit is from the beginning of December 2017. De Brugsche Tafel is rather small restaurant, and is a family run bussiness. There are some vegan appetizers available, or ones that can be veganised, like bruschetta (8,90€) We had the soup of the day which was vegan and was chervel soup (4,95€). There is one vegan weeksuggestion (that week it was risotto, but it was sold out, since it was on a Tuesday evening and they close on Wednesdays). Another vegan dish was couscous with vegetables …

A look inside the new Origin’O, Bruges

Shop review #47 – Origin’O is a chain of organic stores in Flanders, with nearly 20 shops spread throughout the region. They are not supermarkets, but reasonable sized stores, with most often a good offer of vegan products. Other reviews of Origin’O shops are here on The Bruges Vegan. The Origin’O in Bruges used to be in the Katelijnestraat, but at the end of 2017 moved to a new location. It is now at the edge of the city, in Assebroek. This is about a 30 minute walk from the heart of Bruges (Market). After our lunch to Indian restaurant Shalimar a couple of weeks ago, which is just 2 minutes away (review will follow), we went to have a look at the new Origin’O store. The new Origin’O is very spacious, bright and modern! And we noticed the same interior design and concept as in the renovated Origin’O in Louvain (see post here). Please note that it is not a vegan shop, so not all the products on the photos are necessarily vegan. The shop does …

#158 Vegan sandwiches and salads at EXKi, Bruges

restaurant review #158 – The Exki restaurants are part of an international chain. There are several EXKi restaurants in Belgium, most are in Brussels though (27 of them, previous review of EXKi Agora Brussels here). There’s also an EXKi in the train station of Bruges. Contrary to common belief, it is not an full organic chain (the FAQ on their website states about 30% of their products are organic). The EXKi restaurants have a couple of vegan options standardly available, which are clearly indicated on the labels: sandwiches, salads, soup. Unfortunately no vegan desserts though (except for some fruit). The Exki restaurants are not for elaborate wining and dining, but more of a fastfood ‘self service’ place: you take your food from the fridges, pay at the counter, and then afterwards clean up the table. There’s also a microwave to heat your dish. You can of course also buy to take-away. There are not that many vegan options, but it is good for a quick lunch, when you are in a hurry, coming back from a meeting, or before boarding the train. This …