Chocolate Stores, Brugge
Chocolate shops are everywhere in Brugge. Sometimes even the one next to the other!
There are 'serious' shops selling good quality chocolates, there are also those shops selling tourist chocolate, like - as you can see in the picture - chocolate boobs. I really can't understand why someone would pay more than 27 euro for this kind of souvenir. To each his own, I guess.
What to buy: Chocolates, "pralines" as we call them.
I prefer the white pralines filled with cream. Yummie ...
What to pay: Difficult ... the Leonidas brand is cheap - the Godiva brand is expensive. Shop around, prices are posted up in the shop windows.
A staggering 72 chocolate stores are crammed into Brugge's city center, tempting tourists with a variety of artistic (and sometimes sexual as I found upon seeing a pair of large chocolate breasts in the window of one shop) chocolate displays. Finding the right shop can be difficult among the flashy displays and mounds of chocolate stacked in windows. Dumon is seen as one of the favorites of chocoholics with a wide variety of different flavors and toppings. The small store is run by Madame Dumon herself, with her children making the chocolate below the store and selling it fresh. Purchased Chocolate can be insulated in Styrofoam packaging and sent back home undamaged.
Forget the diet as no trip to Brugge would be complete without buying some of their famous chocolates to bring home (If they make it home that is!!)
The shops are so tastefuly laid out and very tempting.
If you enter one be warned!!
What to buy: Chocolates, chocolates and more chocolates!!
What to pay: Spend as little or as much as you can afford.
As any other Belgium town Brugge has several chocolate shop, also all the big ones like Leonidas ...
I found this one very special. In the back of the shop is the "kitchen" and you can see how all the good chocolates are made.
My favorite was the chili as well as the washabi chocolate ...
What to buy: Chocolate - Chocolate - Chocolate
Famous chocolate stores:
Godiva: Zuidzandstraat 36
Leonidas: Steenstraat 4
The Chocolate Line: Simon Stevinplein 19
Chocolatier Pralinette: Wollestraat 31B
Sukerbuyck: Katelijnestraat 5
What to buy: Delicious Belgian chocolate of course :-))
"Moeder Babelutte", is a small, neat and cozy shop on the Rozenhoedkaai, one of the most picturesque places in Brugge. The store carries dozens of varieties of Chocolates, Nougat, and Babelutten - the latter are handmade, hard carmel sweets which are very popular in West Flanders and at the Belgian coast side.
What to pay: Expect to pay a few Euros for a relatively small bag, but bear in mind these are all hand made sweets, and they're definitely among the best your taste buds will ever encounter.
There is a few chocolate shops to choice from off Markt
What to buy: Try to find the chocolate breasts off the Markt - they come in all sizes! But seriously you can't go past all the chocolate stores.
What to pay: Depends on how much you want to eat
I really like the chocolates of Stef's (especially the ones with strawberry or even tea). You know what? I recently found out that they are even quite cheap compared to other chocolate shops.
What to buy: Chocolates. Make sure to try the ones with tea inside!
What to pay: Less than in some other chocolate shops!
even from the same factory but different brances, the chocolate in Brugge is cheaper than in Brussels. Rather buy the gift here. The staff are very friendly and the chocolate have been wraped nicely!
What to buy: There are plenty kind of chocolate.
Dark chocolate is so delicious that I have never tasted so good!!!
What to pay: about 3~4 euro per 250 gram
I was not kidding when I said they were real specialty shops. There were several chocolate shops , I did not count them all, there were enough of them , and they sure knew how to get your attention.That chocolate was very hard to pass up try it you will like it.
One of the things you ought to do is try out the fresh handmake chocolats that are sold in many shops all over Bruges.
I usually stop at this little shop in the Stoofstraat because of the funny story the owner told me. Once she happened to get so many Japanese visitors coming in, that it was almost scary and she wondered why all of a sudden her shop was getting whole loads of them. She had often people of Japan coming in, but not that many! So after a few weeks she asked one of them and they told her that her shop was mentionned in their travelguide as one of the best in Bruges!
Now she keeps a photocopy of the page in that guide and has sticked it to her window... so it was not a notice of a missing japanese tourist as I first thought LOL
Funny thing is that out of respect and gratitude she has added all her signs and notifications in Japanese as well!
What to buy: Fresh made chocolats, but here I usually buy the Truffels...
soft fillings with champaign or amarreto tastes... mmmmmmmmmmm just delicious!!!
and if you are nice you might even get a little piece of chocolate to try out, without paying.
What to pay: oh... quality has its price `-)
but you can't eat too much of it so with a few/day you get far! and they are worth it!
Bruge is a Chocolate lovers paradise, there are loads of chocolate shops selling every type of chocolate you can think of.
What to buy: Lots of chocolate
Moeder Babelutte has three shops in Brugge and each are typical carrying a variety of Chocolates, Nougat, and Babelutten (a kind of butterscotch toffee). The sweets are expensive but well worth it.
Neuhaus has been making the best of Belgium chocolates since 1857
What to buy: Neuhaus Truffles
What to pay: The sky's the limit
The Street of Bruges is full of them, and they are very attractive to see. The tradition is however different from most European bars.