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The 3 Best City Breaks in Europe

Europe knows some beautiful travel destinations. Here’s where to go in Europe, whether you’re looking for culture, food, shopping – or all three! These three mentioned cities are some of my favourites. I have listed my recommendations on where to stay, where to eat and where to go shopping in these cities! If you prefer to discover these cities yourself, go to www.weflycheap.nl and search for cheap city trip deals!

Bruges

With its romantic and pretty canals, cobbled pavements and medieval buildings, Bruges is my favourite city in Belgium! Did you know Bruges is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities? It has a fairly small city centre. You can easily stroll across one side to the other in half an hour. Nevertheless, it has a lot to offer to visitors!

In Bruges you will find museums, good restaurants, atmospheric bars and cafés, tempting chocolate shops, local breweries and magnificent boutiques. Bruges is just perfect for a city break! It is easy to get to and explore on foot, bursting with charming streets, fantastic foods and fun activities for the whole family!

The 3 Best City Breaks in Europe

Where to stay: Martin’s Relais. Martin’s Relais is a lovely a historic four-star boutique hotel right in the center of Bruges. This refined hotel is an 8-minute walk from the Belfry of Bruges.

Where to eat: The Potato Bar serves the best Belgian fries, croquettes and burgers! Sit down for a beer with a gorgeous view of The Market Square at Duvelorium Grand Beer Café, visit Basiel Urban Greenhouse for some coffee, vegan pastries and plants! Also worth a mention: Aux Merveilleux De Fred, Bohemian Burgers, Delaney’s Irish bar & Restaurant and Coffeebar Adriaan.

London

London, one of the most popular cities in the world, bringing the hottest shopping, a bunch of cultural activities and mouthwatering dining spots. It is home to cozy pubs, world-class museums, tons of history, some of the best theaters in the world, a diverse population and a wild nightlife. The city of London has grown on me with every visit. Don’t forget to explore Camden Market, Covent Garden, Chinatown and (in Decembers) Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park!

The 3 Best City Breaks in Europe
The 3 Best City Breaks in Europe

London Chinatown

Chinatown is just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus. It has a large number of authentic East Asian restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets and shops. It’s not technically a town, more like a long street, but it is fun to stroll through. You will find some delicious food hotspots in this part of London!

Where to go: go shopping for Korean and Japanese cosmetics at P2bus and visit Asian supermarket Oseyo on Charing Cross Road! Try a Chinese bakery or order some bubble tea at one of those cute food hotspots!

Camden Market

Camden Market is another mentionable place in London for great food and shops. It is a partially open-air market in London with over 1000 shops and stalls selling fashion, music, art and food. The market is open daily and easily accessible by tube, with Camden Town tube station nearby.

My recommendations: Hans & Gretel – Fairytale-Inspired Dessert Cafe, Cyberdog – clothing & accessories for ravers and The Mac Factory – Mac ‘n’ Cheese.

Utrecht

Utrecht might be the most underrated city in the Netherlands. It is a laid-back city in the middle of the Netherlands. Utrecht is not as extremely busy and full of tourists as Amsterdam. It has a gorgeous medieval city center full of canals just like Amsterdam!

Where to stay: Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station, a genuinely affordable option located inside the Hoog Catharijne mall. Also right next to Utrecht Central Station and adjacent to the Jaarbeurs convention center. Amsterdam Central Station and Schiphol Airport are within 45 minutes by train. Interested in a trip to Utrecht? Go to www.weflycheap.nl to plan your own cheap weekend trip in (cities such as) Bruges, London or Utrecht.

Where to eat: go eat burgers for dinner at The Burger Federation located inside the Hoog Catharijne mall and finish with cookie dough or a huge cookies at Belicio Cheatday located just outside of the mall.

Fun shops: go shopping at It’s A Present! for beautiful home accessories, gadgets, post cards or gifts for loved ones and swing above the Oude Gracht on the swing at the back of the store! If you’re shopping a bit more eco-conscious, visit some vintage/second hand stores in Utrecht such as second hand clothing store Episode.

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xo. Gwen

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