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msj Oct 19th, 2003 01:20 PM

christmas day in belgium
Hi. We are spending the christmas period in Bruges and I'm trying to find out whether there are likely to be any restaurants or cafes that serve food open on christmas day. Any general advice on whether all restaurants close on christmas day in Belgium would be equally welcome. Thanks, J

MyriamC Oct 19th, 2003 01:31 PM

I'm not saying that all restaurants will be closed on Christmas day but many of them will! Xmas is usually spent with the family here. Brugge may be an exception as there are tourists year round.

Tulips Oct 20th, 2003 12:57 AM

On the other hand, I also know Belgian families who always go to restaurants on Christmas day. The restaurants will probably all have multi-course special menus. And especially in Brugge, there will be restaurants open. Otherwise go to Knokke, on the coast; it is very busy there during the Christmas holidays, with lots of restaurants and shops open. It's a good idea to make a reservation somewhere for Christmas day and the 26th of December.

msj Oct 21st, 2003 10:18 AM

Thank you for the advice - I'll persevere and see if I can find something.

baldrick Nov 3rd, 2003 01:31 AM

I think lots of them will be open, but I would say that the best ones are already fully booked...

BTilke Nov 3rd, 2003 03:59 AM

Some of the hotels will have restaurants open. For example, the restaurant at the Crowne Plaza (on the Burg) will be open. I remember several Chinese restaurants as being open (but don't expect really great Asian food). I suggest you make reservations soon at someplace like the Crowne Plaza restaurant (which is in the mid-price range). If, after you get to Brugge, you find a restaurant more appealing to you that will be open, you could always cancel your reservation.
BTilke (Brussels)

GeoffHamer Nov 3rd, 2003 06:52 AM

I've never spent Christmas Day in Belgium, but I have been in France, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Croatia, and I've never had a problem finding food and drink on Christmas Day. I think it's only in Britain where everything is shut on 25 December. In other European countries, Christmas Day is much like any other public holiday or a Sunday.

msj Nov 7th, 2003 12:20 PM

Thanks again for the help. I've since found one place thats offering a menu for christmas day on so will try booking that or the Crowne Plaza.

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