Out of all meetingpoints in Lille , Parisbreakfasts and I chose Meert, are you even surprised? I knew Meert by their famous thin and oblong waffles filled with vanilla buttercream, yet I had never had one even though they have two boutiques in Paris. No, I wanted to wait and go all the way to Lille, and have my very first Meert waffle in their boutique, Lille’s oldest in fact and now an institution not to be missed when in Lille. This is were the story of this famous waffle began already in 1849, when the Belgian Michael Paulus Gislinus Meerts took over the business of Monsieur Delacourts, confectioner and chocolate maker, at 27 rue Esquermoise. These waffles are still beeing handmade daily in their laboratory that is located behind the boutique.
Stepping in to their beautifully decorated boutique was like going back in history…like a fairy tale or even a dream. No wonder why the lines to this boutique are long..who wouldn’t want to buy their sweets in this boutique full of charm and go home with chocolates, caramels and waffles in cute boxes with lovely illustrations?
After been browsing through their boutique and pastry shop we were ready to take a well-deserved break in Meerts Salon de Thé. Breakfast at Meert, thats not bad, is it? I wanted a Mont Blanc, but reminded myself to “go light” as I knew many other sweets were awaiting me throughout the day, even I do have my limits. A waffle filled with crème de marrons and a cup of Tisane de Soleil was just perfect, to start my day in Lille. That tea…I fell in love with its aroma…if they would have it for sale I would have bought it, right away.
Meert – 27 rue de Esquermoise, Lille
How to eat your waffle, keep is slightly above a cup of hot beverage until the filling starts melting….very yummie!!Waffles stacked in plastic boxes – they should be consumed within 10 days but if you are like me they will be finished by one or two days ;-)
Chocolate in all kinds Pralines Roses and marshmallows…Next time I will buy a box with wafflesBeautiful boxesLike stepping back in time..this boutique boasted charm and lots of historyJust like in a fairy tale…Meerts pastry and bakery shop side by side the boutiqueI wanted a piece of each cake…How is it possible to resist?We went inside for a closer lookThe prettiest pastries in Lillewell prootected by a red ribbonwe continued to the Salon de Théwe were not the first ones this early morningI opted for a cup of tea, with Tisane du Soleil, delightful taste and aroma. Too bad they don’t sell this tea en vrac, I would have bought some with me to Paris ;-)Furnitures in Louis XVI styleFrom above, we both had tea :-)While others went all in…What a luxury for the Lilloise to come here for a breakfast..I would have too if living in Lille.I will be back soon!