Having lived in Belgium for a few years I have come to learn the distinction between the different types of waffles around here: there are the Brussels ones (rectangular and lighter in terms of flavour), the Liège ones (thick, chewy and sweeter), the stoopwafels (thin, filled with a thin layer of syrup – my favourite) and the list goes on! After visiting the Meert patisserie – tea room in Lille last year I got to try yet another type of waffles, the famous Maison Meert “gaufres” – much smaller in size compared to the rest of the group, thin and typically filled with Madagascar vanilla.
The Meert gaufres have conquered the hearts and palettes of both visitors and locals in Lille, including Charles de Gaulle who had them delivered all the way to the Élysée Palace in Paris. Luckily, the Bruxellois don’t have to travel that far to get their gaufres any more! In December 2013 the Maison Meert opened its first store outside France at the beautiful Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels, which happen to be the oldest shopping arcades in Europe. The space may be a bit smaller than the Meert shop in Lille but there is a cute tea room in the back where you can enjoy tea, coffee as well as all the sweet treats of the Maison: waffles, macarons, pralines, candy, cakes, cookies, jam and viennoiseries. A must for all foodies with a sweet tooth!
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