Tea in Europe – Bruges

Europe 7aAlmost as charming as Utrecht, Bruges maintains a medieval flavor complete with cobblestone streets, winding canals and 12th Century cathedrals. It’s a great backdrop for strolling and sipping tea. My favorite tea experience, hands down, was at Otto Waffle Atelier. This family run, made to order waffle shop is located in a 17th Century canal house recently renovated by the owners. It includes their living quarters upstairs and a sleek counter service on the street level. Not only were the oat waffles some of THE best I’ve ever had, the tea was a perfect compliment.  Wise Water Turtle (Groene Oolong Thee) (Tie Guan Yin) from Fuijan was smooth, aromatic and satisfying. Discovering tea in Belgium proved to be as easy to do as in the neighboring towns of the Netherlands. Green tea options were plentiful and included some nice quality loose leaf at fair prices. A good example was the tea menu at Nomad Kitchen and Bar. Organic and fair trade options as well as fresh mint or ginger tea made to order. And, of course, I was happy to see the custom of a courtesy little treat served with most orders. Even the bakery at the train station in Brussels offered a surprisingly good tea (which helped to offset trying to navigate the chaotic connections). While Utrecht remains top of my list to revisit some day, Bruges is definitely worth further tea and town exploration. Next Stop: Paris! Catch up on other Tea in Europe posts: Amsterdam; Utrecht.



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