Belgium, a rather small country located between the Netherlands and France, has always been an ideal attraction for sweets-lovers. Here the most recommended cities to visit are Brugge, Gent, Brussels and Antwerp. In each city, you would only need 24 up to 48 hours to see the most important sights while trying the best sweets of Belgium, let alone the other great food. Read on for a brief guide on what and how to try different kinds of sweets from Belgium.
Belgium is truly a chocolate heaven for travelers who are in love with sweets. Here you can easily find thousands of different forms of hand-made chocolate pieces, bars or packages that you can either have a taste or shop as souvenirs for friends back home. Though there are often cheap deals displayed in stores around the centre area to attract tourists, it’s better to discover smaller home-made chocolate shops located in less crowded corners (search for Bruyerre). Usually the shop sellers here are more friendly and open to recommend you the best choices while in famous chocolate stores such as Galerie de la Reine, Neuhaus, Godiva or Wittamer, prices are a bit higher.
Never go for ready-made waffles in Belgium, as the sellers can make them right in front of you with your predetermined flavors for the topping. Also, do not buy waffles in the surrounding area of Manneken Pis in Brussels as it is full of tourists. Thus, sellers would often end up giving you medium-quality waffle due to their hustle. Waffles are cheap options (1 - 3 USD, depending on the added ingredients) for brunch or afternoon snack as you walk around and get to know the city. While most people tend to go for chocolate or nutella to top their waffle base, it is recommended to add whipping cream and sour fruit in order to balance the flavours. Maison Dandoy is one of the famous and credible store names you would want to check.
Belgian pastries are strongly influenced by the French sophisticated and aesthetic style. You can easily walk in a bakery store in any city of Belgium and fall in love with the way cakes are presented with many colours, flavours and shapes. One of the best bakeries in Antwerp is Lints. Also, do not forget to buy and pack some macarons to give your loved ones.
And more chocolates
When you are in Belgium, start a day off by walking to the nearest coffee store next to your hostel (or Lints Bakery) and order a cup of hot chocolate with Belgian pastry, which is definitely going to wake you up especially during winter mornings! What’s more, you can even make hot chocolate yourself with a given cup of hot water and a pack of chocolate.
What’s also special about Belgian chocolate is that there are stories behind them. For example, chocolates in most shops are readily available in the form of Manneken Pis and Jeanneke Pis - the symbols of Brussels, or the form of a hand in Antwerp.
Let’s make a sweet journey to Belgium now!
Belgium is without doubt the unforgettable sweet paradise for its visitors. While you would have to spend longer time searching for affordable sweet shops in huge countries like Germany or France, why not fly to Belgium and wander around Brussels for a truffle?
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