If you’re looking for the best meal in Bruges, Belgium, at a backpacker-friendly price, look no further than Brasserie Medard.

Let’s face it, Belgium is full of amazing places to eat. But this place sticks in my mind as outstanding – for quality, atmosphere and price.

A guy at the hostel I was staying at recommended this restaurant – actually he told me if I went anywhere else for dinner I was an idiot. So I headed over, ravenously hungry, after a day of sightseeing and cycling.

Make sure to stop here for lunch when you’re on your day trip to Bruges!

It’s one of the best places to eat in Bruges

Brasserie Medard

The best thing to order is the spaghetti. It costs only 3 euros for a small bowl, and the portion size is enormous. The guys I ate with ordered the large portion and couldn’t finish it, despite an impressive effort. The spaghetti was perfectly cooked to al dente and topped with a liberal dollop of rich, hearty bolognese sauce and loads of parmesan cheese. Local wines and a large selection of Belgian beers are offered, also at extremely reasonable prices.

Brasserie Medard is a family-owned and run restaurant with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We were seated and served by the owner, Martin, who laughed at our travel stories and recommended places for us to visit in Bruges. The laid-back, homey vibe made it completely natural for us to strike up a conversation with the man at the table next to us.

We left satisfied, and returned the following evening for another enormous spaghetti dinner. The menu does have a lot more than just spaghetti. A woman at the table next to us on our second visit had a delicious-looking sandwich stuffed full of meat and cheese. I just couldn’t bring myself to branch out when I knew how amazing the spaghetti was.

On warm nights, there are four outdoor tables in front of the restaurant that offer the added bonus of people-watching while you eat.

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It’s a backpacker’s dream come true: a great meal in a clean, comfortable restaurant at a price that won’t leave you feeling guilty for going over-budget.

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    Bridget Langer