Bruges is a wonderful city, and not just because Colin Farrell has left. It also boasts some of the finest sweet treats anywhere in the world. Our partners at Hotels4U select three of the best chocolatiers in the city.
One of the world’s chocolate capitals, Bruges is well known throughout the globe for its cocoa based products from hot drinks amongst other creamy confectionaries. And with around 40 different chocolatiers scattered around the city, it’s easy to see why. From sweet shops to a museum, we’ve rounded up some of the best chocolate themed places to stop by when in the Venice of the North.
Positioned along Katelijnestraat in the middle of the city centre, this family run company has been a local favourite since its opening in 1977 and is also one of Bruges’ oldest businesses. Meaning Sugarbelly in English, Sukerbuyc is known for its handmade chocolates and produces about 1,000 kilograms of the stuff each month. There’s also an onsite café where you can sample their homemade treats while sipping on a warm drink.
Choco-story Chocolate Museum
The city’s chocolate museum, Choco-story is another must see while in this Belgium city. Not only does the venue tell you the history of the cocoa bean, but you’ll also learn the health perks from some of the world’s most knowledgeable cocoa enthusiasts. If you’re still hungry for more, the two house workshop should satisfy your craving. The class teaches visitors a little bit about the chocolate making process first hand, and you can make your very own chocolate covered pralines. Tickets cost 7 Euros for adults and children are 4 Euros each, with workshop entry fees starting from 10 Euros.
The Chocolate Line
Another great stop off is The Chocolate Line nestled in the heart of Bruges’ lively Simon Stevin Square. Founded in 1992 by the internationally acclaimed chef Dominique Persoone, the confectionary is world famous for its eclectic combos. With outlandish flavours ranging from garlic confit and chilli con carne to guacamole, there’s plenty to keep your taste buds entertained. However, it’s not just the flavours that attract visitors from around the globe to the shop; each piece is presented beautifully as well with intricate designs and colours – putting a literal spin on the term eye candy!
Although Bruges is well and truly stocked with locally sourced treats, not all the chocolate is of local stock. While browsing the chocolatiers’ windows, make sure to look out for a ‘handmade’ sign, indicating its authenticity and ensuring that your cocoa is in fact from a home-grown brand. Check out this link for places to stay in Bruges from Hotels4U.