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!