Our image of the Belgian town of Bruges may be that of an almost fairy-tale medieval city; quaint and pretty with cobbled streets, clock towers and canals, but it’s also famous for 'friets', more commonly known as chips. And in 2008 the Frietmuseum (www.frietmuseum.be) opened to celebrate an unlikely treasure, the potato. Since then it’s slowly climbed the list of travellers’ choice places to visit in Bruges. The museum is set in one of the town’s oldest buildings (the Saaihalle), dating back to the 14th century, and gives a history of the potato from its origin in Peru alongside tips on how to cook the perfect chip, reports the Guardian. According to its owners, this is the only museum of its kind in the world. Don’t worry, there’s an on-site café where you can sample the real thing. Open all week from 10am-5pm. The entrance fee is €6.
You might also like to visit the Chocolate Line (thechocolateline.be), where, would you believe, the renowned chocolatier Dominique Persoone puts everything from wasabi (Japanese horseradish) and guacamole to chicken and oysters in his delicious pralines. A good size bar of hazelnut milk chocolate will set you back €5, but this is innovative Belgian chocolate after all.
Eurostar travels daily to Brussels, from around £70 return. The price includes a free connecting train to Bruges. Quite close to home, but with continental style, it makes the perfect destination for a weekend break.