A Portrait of Bruges in 9 Chocolates

Belgium is best known for two things: beer and chocolate.  We found that Bruges was definitely a mecca for those with a sweet tooth.  Here are nine places that we tried and recommend for getting your chocolate fix on a Belgian holiday.

1. The Chocolate Line

The Chocolate Line is known for it's unorthodox mix of flavors (cannabis chocolate anyone?).  We stuck with slightly more conservative flavors including Thai Lemongrass and cardamon.
The Chocolate Line in Bruges

2. Dumon

Cafe Dumon is a handy spot to stop for a coffee and to admire the seasonal chocolates.  The espresso comes with a small piece of chocolate but we chose to indulge with an additional praline.  
Chocolates at Dumon in Bruges

3. Depla

Depla featured all sorts of decadent single-origin chocolate ganache.  The truffles simply melted in our mouths.
Chocolates at Depla in Bruges

4. Sukerbuyc

Sukerbuyc is a bit of a fussier place (no photos allowed inside!) but totally worth visiting.  You essentially suss out what you want in the window, go inside to get the manager's attention, and then go back outside to point to what you want.  Cuberdon flavored swans were my favorite.
Sukerbuyc Chocolatier in Bruges

5. Dumon Take 2

We soon discovered that Dumon has multiple locations in Bruges.  We went into their smaller outlet further from the centre of town.  The counters were literally overflowing with chocolate and the Chocolat movie poster totally made me smile.
Dumon Chocolatier in Bruges

6. De Fruyt - Thys

De Fruyt - Thys is a local bakery and sweet shop not far from the canal that rings Bruges.  A variety of mini-chocolate eclairs greeted us in addition to the usual selection of truffles.
De Fruyt - Thys - Chocolate Treats in Bruges

7. Pur Chocolat

Pur Chocolat was located in a lovely white-washed step-gabled house.  The proprietor was incredibly friendly and the shop was open past the advertised closing time.  It's places like this that reinforce why Bruges as a whole is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pur Chocolat Shop in Bruges

8. Tsiokoreeto

I like Tsiokoreeto because the shop was clearly catering to the Japanese tourists that frequent Bruges.  One thing we learned when we studied Japanese in anticipation of our trip to Japan is that many Japanese words are taken from English and the Romanized spelling is typically derived from the English version but tweaked to make it easier for Japanese to pronounce:  Tsiokoreeto = Chocolate
Tsiokoreeto in Bruges

9. Representative Touristy Chocolate Shop

Bruges also featured a ton of chocolate shops with imaginative displays in the windows.  They clearly target the tourists in town, tempting people to come inside and admire everyday things crafted from chocolate.  I particularly liked this shop which featured Duvel beer turned chocolate.  I have no idea what this place was called.  It's simply representative of the many Belgian chocolate shops in Bruges with more mass appeal.

What are some of your favorite chocolate shops in Bruges.  We'd love to have an excuse to go back and sample more delicious treats.

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