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“Very relaxing lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Books & Brunch

Books & Brunch
Garenmarkt 30, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 70 90 79
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Ranked #15 of 549 Restaurants in Bruges
Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: The combination of different kinds of breakfasts, light lunches (salads, sandwiches and seasonal specials) and our used-book store create a relaxing atmospere.We like to surprise with tasty, healthy food. Organic and vegetarian options are always available. As for drinks : freshly ground coffee, latte, capuccino, fresh tea, homemade limonade and ice-tea....The books are a mix of all genres of non-fiction and fiction. English and French books are available too. We also supply free WIFI and charging points for your laptop, phone and tablet.See you in Books & Brunch ! We're open from Monday to Friday, 9-17 h. Closed during Belgian school holdiays.
London, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Very relaxing lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We had lunch here on a freezing cold day so we really appreciated taking our time in the relaxed atmosphere. The older children had amazing huge toasted sandwiches and they made a special simple plate of ham and bread for our youngest daughter. I enjoyed the Mediterranean salad - fresh, delicious and again a very generous portion. Fresh leaf tea, good coffee, homemade lemonade - all good quality stuff. Don't come here if you are in a rush - they take time to make the food and drinks to order and there are books everywhere to browse at your leisure. Such a great concept - we were gutted to find it closed on a Sunday as we had dreamed about going back for a chilled out brunch. The owner is very friendly and gave us some great recommendations for dinner!

Visited February 2013
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Deroo_Jos, Owner at Books & Brunch, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Well, good things do take time... Glad you took the time to enjoy and relax. That's what holidays are all about, right ? Enjoy the good life !
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Brussels, Belgium
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46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Home away from Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

What a delightful little place! Its reputation on TripAdvisor is well and truly deserved. Books & Brunch is a cosy, pleasant little restaurant is very popular among the students from the neighbouring College, and a well-loved alternative to the breakfast at the residences...

I particularly like the home-y atmosphere and the delicious fresh orange juice. Salads, snacks and coffee are very good, and reasonably priced for Bruges standards. Definitely somewhere to go for an extended breakfast, quick lunch or relaxing coffee in the afternoon. Not yet too touristy and, as other reviewers wrote, well worth the detour.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Deroo_Jos, Owner at Books & Brunch, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Thanks ! We love having the international crowd of the College of Europe in... And homey is really what we aspire to !!
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Excellent choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We read a positive and interesting mention about Books & Brunch here in TA and we decided give it a try.

Books & Brunch is slightly off the beaten touristic path, but it surely deserves the small detour. The combination of a book store and a restaurant is always attractive, and this one is a quite successful one. It feature top-down bookshelves, with plenty of reading options during your stay (more if you are able to read flemish :-)). Free wifi is a nice plus.

The lunch options were simple, but excellent and tasty, and better than those we found in central touristic places. Plenty of eating options, from light snacks and salads to full dishes. The owner is efficient, attentive and and always nice and ready for a little chat if the time is available.

In short, a nice place for a full meal or just to have a short snack midday in Bruges.

Visited January 2013
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Deroo_Jos, Owner at Books & Brunch, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
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Obrigado !
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“Best cafe in Bruges”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

After reading some glowing reviews here on TA, my wife and I decided to have brunch here! As our ratings suggest, we were not disappointed!
We arrived at 11:45, bang in the middle of the breakfast and lunch time menu but were told we could have either! After seeing the specials board, a lunch option was an easy choice!
We both had the delicious broccoli soup and whilst my wife had the croque Monsieur with fried eggs off the main menu I had the homemade chilli con carne!
The food was of the highest standard with obvious pride being taken in both the quality and presentation.
We were made to feel welcome and looked after during our relaxed lunch and would thoroughly recommend this place to anybody who wishes to enjoy great food, relaxing atmosphere and value for money!

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    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Deroo_Jos, Owner at Books & Brunch, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Thank you very much for the praise !
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“Cosy and Delicious. What a find!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

So glad to have found this quaint cafe on my last morning in bruge. Loved the ambience, books on the side of a delicious breakfast is my idea of heaven. The breakfast menu is fantastic, I had trouble deciding... french breakfast, english Breakfast, American, Bio, big breaky?? ... in the end i went with the standard which was a basket of fresh breads, jam, butter and chocolate, ham and cheese, OJ and tea. I added a greek yogurt with honey to mine and it was all scrumptious! and generous portions! I felt perfectly comfortable to sit and read for a good 2 hours afterwards in the very cosy surroundings. The wait staff were friendly and efficient and I loved that this was a little secret haven off the beaten track too...but def worth the short walk. Next time in Bruges this will be my regular coffee, breaky and lunch spot. A must!

Visited January 2013
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Deroo_Jos, Owner at Books & Brunch, responded to this review, January 27, 2013
Thank you very much for the review !! Books on the side of breakfast (or any meal really) is my idea of heaven too !
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