Belgian Chocolate Overload
Most countries are known for a culinary specialty. If I mention Italy, Japan or Argentina, you probably imagine pasta, sushi and fantastic steaks. If we think about Belgium, then I definitely picture amazing chocolate! I was in Bruges the week before Easter so all the shops had out their best holiday treats. Not only is Bruges beautiful in March and has its own sculpture by Michelangelo, but it has incredible sweets!
There is definitely a hierarchy of chocolate shops in Bruges. You’ll find the cheap, average quality shops with their novelty shapes and tourist gift packages. Then there are the big brands like Godiva and Leonidas. You will also find the established shops like the cozy and creative The Chocolate Line with its wasabi truffle or the tasty and modern Dumon Chocolatier. But by far, the best chocolates, truffles and pralines that I had in Bruges were from Depla Chocolaterie (20 Mariastraat). It is a family business now run by Pol Depla just off the city center but completely worth a visit for the best chocolates in Belgium!
Depla simply had the best quality chocolate, the best melt in your mouth ganache filling and the best flavors. I particularly loved the little white chocolate swan truffle that was filled with almond puree. Trust me, I spent about 40 Euros trying chocolates all over Bruges and this place was by far the best. (I hope you appreciate my dedication to honest reporting!)
I hope you get to visit Bruges someday – just remember to bring your sweet tooth!
Mmmmm chocolate 😀 Delpa sounds amazing, and I actually work in a Leonidas shop 😛
Yes. We appreciate your dedication to honest reporting … 😉
Thank you! Then I shall continue. 🙂
Those chocolate-dipped orange slices are exactly why I didn’t DARE enter a chocolate shop in Belgium. I would not have had enough room in my suitcase–or stomach–for all I would haul out of the store. Those chocolate squirrels are too, too adorable!
Thank you for your complete article. I’m from Mexico, will be in Bruges for a couple of days. Which of those stores could be the best retaled cost/quality store you could recommend me? I would thank you so much your help
Hi Jacob, that’s wonderful that you will be in Bruges! It’s a beautiful city, I’m sure you will enjoy your visit. I thought Depla Chocolaterie was definitely the best. There are cheaper stores (especially around the old town center) but their quality is not as good as Depla. Look for stores that specialize in truffles and not just chocolate because they will likely have a more sophisticated and delicious product. I would recommend tasting a couple chocolates from several shop so that you can compare and going back to your favorite for more. 🙂 Enjoy!