Belgians are famous for their chocolate, you already know that. But like there are good bakeries and bad ones, praliniers come in good and less good quality. If you prefer some artisan prepared chocolate with a special eye for new tastes, Van Hecke in the Koestraat is where you should go.
Heck, my grandfather went there when he was a little kid! The shop is not very big, but an intoxicating smell of fine chocolate lures me right in. White chocolate, brown or black with classic and surprising flavor combinations. Do ask when you are there if they have something new coming up. They will happily let you taste their creations.
With the holidays, you can buy stunning works of art to give to your family or friends. And in the summertime they have a nice little chariot standing outside, making artisan ice cream and waffles. Recently they also sell bakery goods like croissants. Eat up!
When I leave for a travel reportage, I now always make sure I bring a box of chocolates for my contact. It’s not good for the figure, but they still like to see me coming (even more).
In December, Nicole Kidman was in Belgium for a new film and enjoyed Van Hecke a lot. She even ordered some more chocolates after leaving Ghent. Does she read Spotted by Locals?