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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Belgium

Trays of desserts at Aux Merveilleux de FredI'll admit, when it comes to cafés in the UK I have a tendency to return to old familiars again and again.  Thankfully, that's not the case when travelling; where hopping overseas usually results in the want to try everything, anything and anywhere!  While exploring Bruges last month, on my way back to the Hotel Dukes' Palace (post coming soon!), I was distracted by an overwhelmingly large chandelier filling an artisan patisserie on the corner of the street.  This, accompanied by rows upon rows of chocolate-filled brioches and colourful meringues meant that I, of course, headed inside to explore...
Italic font writing on cafe restaurant wall
Aux Merveilleux de Fred Bruges desserts
Giant Chandelier hanging over cafe kitchen
I can't even begin to explain how much I loved the atmosphere at Aux Merveilleux de Fred; it's both calm and elegant in a way that perfectly reflects the city's ambience.  Sitting downstairs provides a wonderful opportunity to gaze out of the windows at passers-by, and taking a seat upstairs enables you to look down at the food being prepared underneath the chandelier.  It's all very... perfect!
Donna Ida Jaeger Denim Dungarees
Upstairs Seating at Aux Merveilleux de Fred
Aux Merveilleux Bruges Cramiques
A huge draw of the artisan patisserie, is how it specialises in a select few desserts - each of which are done very, very well.  The speciality?  Merveilleux; a small cake that originated in Belgium and consists of two light meringues welded with whipped cream, covered with more whipped cream and dusted with chocolate shavings.  So good.  As much as I love chocolate, if you fancy sampling one anytime soon, I'd recommend the caramel version - it's beyond delicious!
Elegant Cafe with Chandelier in Bruges Belgium
Aux Merveilleux de Fred Travel Food Blog Review
Upstairs Seating Area at Aux Merveilleux de Fred
Okay, so I know I said I only return to places again and again on home turf, but the habit did extend to Belgium.  I returned to the popular spot (opened by Frédéric Vaucamps) another two times before heading home; again for Merveilleux and a final time to pick up an enormous chocolate brioche for the journey back home!  Seriously though, how fabulous is the interior design of this place?!  

Aux Merveilleux de Fred
Eiermarkt 3A
8000 Brugge
Belgium

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. How gorgeous is that chandelier?! I swear you always find the most picturesque places to visit!
    Amy xx
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  2. So many yummy treats! Would love to try this place one day when in Bruges.

    ANOUK

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  3. Great outfit and photos!
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  4. A grand and lovely looking place, I'm sure everything there tastes great. Greetings!

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  5. Oh wow what a gorgeous cafe! And the food looks so good too. I can see why you kept going back, what a nice place to have found unexpectedly! :)


    Hope you are having a lovely weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  6. Wow the food and place looks amazing! Love the way you edited the photos xx

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  7. Oh my goodness this place looks amazing! I love the way they've got a huge chandelier too! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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  8. I LOVE the decor! Everything looks gorgeous and the food omggg, YUM! x

    TOUCHOFGS // BLOGLOVIN 

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  9. Aaaaah this looks amazing! and I love your dungarees they are SO cute!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  10. Oh this is NOT a good post to ready with a rumbly stomach! I don't blame you for finding yourself gravitating towards Aux Merveilleux de Fred, it looks utterly divine! I wouldn't have been able to resist snapping some photos either but wow, the desserts are most definitely the star of the show aren't they? Mouth-watering!

    Musings & More

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  11. the place and the food looks amazing!!! You take such gorgeous photos :)

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  12. I wish I have eaten first before I stumbled upon your blog. They look so delicious, Gab!

    Xeph | engineerxeph.com

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  13. That place look so elegant and gorgeous, and those food look so yummy :) And cool overalls as well!

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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  14. wow this place is so elegant and this all food looks so yummy xx

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  15. This is truly such great post, the pictures are gorgeous, I love your blog. Thank you for sharing, cannot wait fot the next amazing post!!!

    xxx

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  16. Traveling is an adventure anyway so it just makes sense to branch out and explore new places! Everything about Aux Merveilleux de Fred looks fabulous and that chandelier is just everything! It's no wonder you couldn't resist it. And you make those overalls look super chic as well Gabrielle!

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  17. I am not sure what I am more excited about, the "minis" or the chandelier!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  18. very delicious place
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    have an happy day
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  19. This looks like such an amazing spot! I would love to go there just to have a look at the decor, it's beautiful! xx

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  20. Beautiful photos! It looks amazing! And so do the cakes! :) xx

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  21. Not a huge sweet fan but I can appreciate pretty desserts in beautiful settings! You always take such h gorgeous photos!

    TFM Life & Style blog

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  22. Ohvery great place darling
    Amazing photos like always
    xx

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  23. Great photos, love your outfit, looks like a lovely place x
    PS. I've nominated you for the Liebster Award here.

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  24. Wow! What a beautiful place and the food looks like a work of art! Btw, you look fab in that outfit as always!

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  25. Wow that place looks like a paradise! I want to try everything :D You look amazing as always Gabs!
    xx
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  26. Ohh, this place looks like heaven! Great photos! :)

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  27. Oh wow, I'm not surprised this place caught your eye, it's absolutely stunning! The chandeliers are amazing and the cakes desserts all look so yummy! x

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  28. I don't blame you. I would have gone to this place too! All those treats look so fancy and delicious! I want some.

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  29. I´ve just discovered your blog and it´s sooo beautiful! Iˇm the same. When I´m home I keep visitinng same cafés and restaurant. but when travel I like to experiment more. This place iss so beautiful though, that it´s hard to visit only once.

    Daniela
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  30. Wow your photos of this place are so stunning!! Looks like such a cute place -- hope your treats were yummy!

    xo,

    H

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  31. Ahahah! It's the same for me, here in Rome I tend to go everytime to the same cafès and restaurants, while when I'm traveling I'm always looking for new pretty places to discover! :)
    This place is absolutely amazing, Gabrielle, so elegant and luxurious! And the food sounds very tasty!
    Great pics, hun!
    XO
    S
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  32. Wow such gorgeous decor! I love your outfit too

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  33. I don't know what I mostly want to visit the place for, for the pastries or the gorgeous interior? The place looks magical and a perfect balance of elegance and being calm, as you said. Have a lovely week Gabrielle! Xx

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  34. Fabulous interior indeed! That cafe looks stunning! I'd be pulled in by a massive chandelier as well lol, I can't blame you. I've cut down on sugar lately, but I'm dying for chocolate now!

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  35. Omg! The interior design is gorgeous! Wow!

    -Lena
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  36. Your photos are so adorable. I would love to get in the car and visit Brussels now.
    Thank you for sharing I put a note in my diary.
    Have a fantastic week.

    Love, Esther
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  37. These photos are gorgeous!! You are such a doll, Gab. Love your denim overalls. Perfect summer look darling! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Much love, Len
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    XO

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  38. This place looks like such a guilty pleasure! I'd love to taste a Merveilleux. You're looking very glam there too

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  39. How darling are your overalls? European bakeries and cafes are my favourite. I always enjoyed visiting as a child when my mum was catering. It was quite a treat, not to mention the smell of baked goods is amazing! The cast-iron work and marble are a dream! x
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  40. Looks amazing! You look so cute in those overalls!

    xo, Jennifer
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  41. WOW, thank about stunning interiors! This place puts other patisseries to shame. I love the giant chandelier and the overall feel of the interior. I would definitely have gone back on a different day for seconds! Mmmm.

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  42. Aww this all looks so beautiful! A real destination :-)

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
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  43. I would definitely go inside too once I see this grand chandelier. The sweets look tempting already, I would come back for seconds!

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  44. You know how much I love you visiting my beautiful country, I'm so glad you found this little place as I haven't even been! XX

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  45. I LOVE chocolate, so this post speaks to me! You captured this atmosphere so perfectly, gorgeous. And as usual, love the outfit xx

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  46. Ohmygosh! This place looks so luxurious! Beautiful cafe and pictures <3

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
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  47. There is something so royal and luxurious about the interior design of this place, I absolutely do feel the appeal of this place...The sweets themselves look very yummy. For someone with a sweet tooth like myself, this place would be irresistible. If I ever find myself near, I will definitely visit this place. It seems like one of those places that is well worth a revisit as well.

    You look adorable btw. Great photos!

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  48. The food and interiors of this place look so so good (and fancy with the interiors!). I'm the same when it comes to food, in Melbourne I literally just keep revisiting the same cafes but when I'm overseas it's a whole different story, I'm like how many different foods can I cram into one day?!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  49. whata beautiful place to spend the afternoon!
    enjoy!
    S

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  50. This cafe sure looks very luxurious and grand. Wow look at all that fancy chandeliers. Great shots, beautiful lady.

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  51. What a beautiful cafe! And I am in LOVE with your outfit! The overalls fit you so well!

    Kim
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  52. Gorgeous place, so elegant. Also, I like your hair!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  53. I love the interior design Gabrielle! That chandelier is the prettiest I've ever seen. It surely makes a statement. I also love the chairs! What beautiful sweets and I love chocolate croissants. You found a real treasure :D
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  54. Oh my, could this be any more perfect! PS, I love the dungarees xx

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  55. Your overalls are SO cute, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  56. Wow! This looks absolutely amazing! I can't wait to visit this place.

    X Merel
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  57. great post, dear ♥

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  58. what an amazing post, like it!

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  59. Desserts are basically my favourite thing in the entire world, so I could never blame you for going there 3 times - it looks delicious and I would probably have done the same!

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  60. Wow we don’t have any patisseries that look as beautiful as this! All these goodies look too good not to try. I love your overalls.

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  61. I'm Belgian and I loooove this shop !
    Nice pics ;-)
    Have a good evening :)
    xoxo Olivia
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  62. Honestly I don't have a sweet tooth but I am reaching for Lindt chocolate after reading this post!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  63. That place looks AMAZING!!! I love it and the food seems brilliant as well!
    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

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  64. The place is stunning and the chandelier took my breath awayyyy xD

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  65. What a beautiful place- I'm drooling over that chandelier!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  66. Everything about this beautiful place speaks luxury to me! It's absolutely gorgeous and look at how moorish and tempting those sweet treats look!

    Aux Merveilleux de Fred looks wonderful, enjoying those treats gazing at that sparkling chandelier sounds like a perfect way to spend an afternoon.

    The perfect coffee and cake spot!

    Thanks for sharing Gabs! It looks like you had such a wonderful time and really like your images as always.

    Laura xo
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  67. This place looks so dreamy - would love to try Merveilleux there! Looking forward to your post about Hotel Dukes' Palace. Have a lovely weekend, Gabrielle.

    Miriam xx
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