Meert is everything I love in one place – it is sophisticated and cozy at the same time; it is private but perfect for people watching; it is a heaven of pastels and perfectly executed treats!
Started in 1761 in Lille, the initial pastry and ice cream shop became ‘the’ place to be, a centre for the higher classes of Lille to meet and to enjoy the patisseries on offer. Michael Paulus Gislinus Méert brings a touch of Belgium to Lille and takes over this popular patisserie in 1849, creating amongst other the signature vanilla flavoured waffle.
This puts Meert firmly on the map and the patisserie flourishes to become a place where minds, arts, and music meet throughout the years. Into the 20thC the Meert house expands, opening their first tea house – salon de thé. Which brings me to the special touch of Meert Brussels where a cup of tea is served properly in fine china, where the most delicate pastries accompany each sip, where you feel you are somehow on the real life set of Downton Abbey. The display windows alone!
An oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of central Brussels, Meert is the perfect breakfast stop to contemplate the day ahead as well as the perfect afternoon stop to cherish the moments had. It is so delicate and beautiful, that you will forget for just a moment the turmoil of 2017 … trust me. Have a cup of tea!
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