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
meert-waffleHow to eat your waffle, keep is slightly above a cup of hot beverage until the filling starts melting….very yummie!!meert-gaufresWaffles 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 ;-)
meert-chocolateChocolate in all kinds meert-lillePralines Roses and marshmallows…meert-lille-1Next time I will buy a box with wafflesmeert-lille-3Beautiful boxesmeert-lille-4Like stepping back in time..this boutique boasted charm and lots of historylille-meertJust like in a fairy tale…meert-patisserieMeerts pastry and bakery shop side by side the boutiquemeert-patisserie-1I wanted a piece of each cake…meert-patisserie-5How is it possible to resist?meert-patisserie-4We went inside for a closer lookmeert-patisserie-6The prettiest pastries in Lillemeert-patisserie-lillewell prootected by a red ribbonmeert-salon-de-thewe continued to the Salon de Thémeert-tea-salonwe were not the first ones this early morningtisane-de-soleilI 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 ;-)meert-lille-salonFurnitures in Louis XVI stylemeert-salon-de-the-1From above, we both had tea :-)meert-lille-10While others went all in…lille-meert-11What a luxury for the Lilloise to come here for a breakfast..I would have too if living in Lille.meert-lille-12I will be back soon!

About Author

This Paris blog is created and maintained by Solli, a Swedish Expat living in Paris working as a Photographer. When she is not behind the lens or setting off to a new destination she loves to be in the kitchen and play around with whole, organic and seasonal food. In this blog she shares some glimpses of her everyday life as a bonne vivante wherever in the world she might be. Enjoy following her journey through life...


  • Steffy
    08 March 2015 at 5:49

    Hi Solli, I love your blog! You’re such an inspiration.

    If you don’t mind me asking, which camera did you take these lovely pictures with? I’ve been looking for a camera with a DSLR quality without it actually being that big & heavy. I would love to hear back from you!


  • Solli Kanani
    09 March 2015 at 0:50

    @Steffy – thanks, I’m happy to hear :-) They are all taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s ;-) All the best, Solli

  • Steffy
    18 March 2015 at 16:51

    Thank you so much! Best of luck with your future endeavours.


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