There´s a certain reason why Bruges is called the chocolate capitol of Europe. Where else are 52 chocolateries in one area?
Not only the brown gold (chocolate), also the liquid gold (beer) is strongly represented. You will find hundreds of varieties of beer in Bruges but there is only one active brewery in the city anymore.
We decided to spend the morning with the beer brewing process plus tasting and getting to know Bruges better by taking a chocolate tour in the afternoon (the perfect day for him & her 😉 ).
It´s beer o´clock
With the booklet: The Beer Walk Bruges we walk through the old town of Bruges. The proposed route would take 1 1/2 hours. We take a short cut. Walking along medieval buildings and bridges we arrive at the brewery De Halve Maan soon. The tour takes about 40 minutes and brings us from the cellar to the roof of the brewery. Up there we have a great vista.
It´s pretty warm inside the brewery. Besides, brewing was a hard job. During the tour we learn, how brewing worked in the past and now.
Afterwards we enjoy a Brugse Zot (it is included) in the restaurant and bar area. We get comfortable in the old leather chairs, clink glasses and take a look at the channel outside. Boats are passing now and then.
Chocolate – Happiness and tons of calories
In the afternoon we meet Anne. She takes us on a tour along the old town of Bruges. Meanwhile she tells us how chocolate is produced and shows us some of the more than 50 chocolateries in Bruges. Inside it´s pleasantly cool. The chocolates should melt in our mouth not in the store.
We are particularly impressed by BbyB Chocolates. The sales room resembles more like a luxury boutique instead of a chocolate shop. The chocolates are separated by color and placed into a line. Special in this chocolaterie is that the chocolates have numbers instead of a name.
Our favorite: #58
Also known as Babelutte. Chocolate with caramel and seasalt. Delicious!
“Life is like a box of chocolate – you never know what you´re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump
This quote could fit to Dominique Personnes Chocolaterie The Chocolate Line as well. The former chef creates unique chocolates with surprising fillings. Be it the Miss Piggy wit bacon flavor or the chocolate pills. He even invented a snuffing machine only for chocolate powder.
We are amazed by the products and have a hard time stopping to taste the different chocolates.
We even find chocolate lipstick and chocolate paint. Bought!
Our favorite: chocolate skull (crispy, raspberry flavor, deadly delicious)
Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate
At the traditional chocolaterie Sukerbuyc everything is literally made of chocolate. The chocolates are in a box made out of chocolate.
Our favorite: Brugse Swaentjes
The Chocolatiers in Bruges are innovative and creative. That´s for sure.
But they are conscious of tradition too. The Brugse Swaentjes are the famous chocolates of Bruges. They are chosen because of Bruges symbol – the swans – and filled with traditional ingredients and spices. A must while staying in Bruges.
The grand finale: the brown and liquid gold unite.
More about Bruges and Ghent: here
Thanks to City Bruges for the invitation. The opinions are ours.