When in Belgium, make sure to try not only the famous chocolates, but also the hot chocolate! During a tour of Bruges, we became so enchanted with the medieval city that we decided to sneak away from our tour group and explore on our own—and I'm so glad we did!
The streets are lined with shops selling quintessential Belgian wares, and there seems to be a chocolate shop on every corner. The April chill was beginning to get to us, so we sought shelter at De Proeverie Tea Room just down the street from the entrance to the Church of Our Lady.
This place had such character! It was very relaxed and the locals seemed to enjoy helping me with my French. We ended up ordering hot chocolate and the "assortment of chocolates" from the menu.
Hot chocolate in Belgium is very different than what I'm used to. You are served hot, steamed milk with chocolate, sugar, and whipped cream on the side. You then melt the chocolate in the milk, sit back, and enjoy.
Breaking away from our group ended in the most memorable experience of my trip!