Gluten-Free Guide to Bruges

You can still avoid gluten and eat well in Bruges, even though the country’s famous for its beer and waffles. For snacks and picnic supplies, try the Delhaize supermarket or one of the city’s bio (organic) stores, where they stock specialist foods like gluten-free breads and biscuits.

You don’t have to miss out on Belgian beer if you’re gluten-free. The brewing company Mongozo make a gluten-free Premium Pilsner, which you can find at Wollestraat’s 2be bar and beer shop, the ’t Brugs Beertje bar on Kemelstraat, and Elermarkt’s Belgian Beer Pub Don Quichotte.

You can dine out in style without worrying about gluten at the Gruuthuse Hof on Mariastraat, which is one of Bruges’ oldest restaurants. The historic building has been run by three generations of the same family and has a lovely terrace for summer evenings. It serves refined Belgian-French cuisine like baked trout with almonds or duck breast with peach and raspberry sauce. The staff know all about gluten intolerances and can advise you on the best menu choices.

Minderbroedersstraat’s highly rated Park Restaurant also has a good selection of gluten-free dishes and has gluten-free bread. For something a bit more casual, try cosy brasserie Sfeerbistro De Twijfelaar on Eekhoutstraat, where you can try dishes like fish soup and vegetable stir fry with quinoa. Ezelstraat’s Ribs ‘n Beer does melt in the mouth tender ribs with a choice of marinades. The spicy and smoky BBQ versions are both gluten-free and their nachos are pure maize.

Part of a small chain, Bruges’ branch of Exki is a good healthy lunchtime choice, with a range of freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and cakes. There are dishes to suit you if you’re looking for something without gluten or dairy.