Liège in Belgium is one of the neighbouring cities that I particularly enjoy going to for a short afternoon or day trip on a weekend. It is only 50km away from Aachen (Germany), yet shops, food, beers, patisseries and people are quite different!
The nice restaurants and bakeries with attractive patisseries in Liege remind me more of France, where I grew up. Bakeries in the French-speaking part of Belgium definitely have more similarities with French bakeries than German ones!
People in Liège are very friendly; you quickly realise this after visiting a few shops and cafés.
One of my favourite landmarks in Liège are the 374 steps of the “Montagne de Bueren”. Take your time to walk up all the steps, unless you want to beat the record of the fastest climb which currently lies at 2mins18s! The view from the top is quite nice! This staircase looks at its very best every two years during “Bueren en fleurs“: when it gets decorated with hundreds of flowers and plants! The next edition is due to take place in June 2018, with about 24 295 plants!
Another highlight is when the steps are lit up with thousands of candles and lights, for the yearly “Nocturne des Coteaux de la Citadelle“. If that sounds like something you would like to see, you should mark 8th October 2017 in your calendar!
Ice cream from Pistache & Chocolat
A visit to Liège in summertime would not be complete without a few scoops of ice cream! My recommendation in the city centre of Liège is “Pistache & Chocolat”.
The ice cream at Pistache & Chocolat is made with natural ingredients: NO artificial colouring, preservatives or flavourings are used in the production of their delicious ice cream. Pistache & Chocolat uses superior quality fresh cream and milk from a regional farm in Verviers.
The wide selection of ice cream ranges from fruity flavours such as exotic fruits, raspberry, redcurrant, kiwi and watermelon to nutty flavours like pecan, hazelnut, pistachio, but also includes sweet or dessert-based flavours: salted caramel, speculoos, lemon meringue pie, etc.
The last time I went there I had a scoop of florentine ice cream and a scoop of lemon pie ice cream. Both were very good! The florentine ice cream had a vanilla base along with bits of candied orange, caramel and chocolate. Very tasty! The lemon pie ice cream had a wonderful taste of lemon rind. Ordering my ice cream in a cup was a wise decision because it was quite soft and melted quickly.
Pistache & Chocolat has two shops on the “Place du marché”: one serves ice cream for take-away only, while the other location across the street caters mainly for sit-in customers.