I love Instagram. It’s an endless stream of beautiful pictures, a collection of creative projects in every area possible, and an excellent source of new places to visit. I follow several Belgian bloggers, and I’m always happy to see pictures from a new to me restaurant or cafe. Recently someone shared a photo from Chouconut, and I instantly knew I need to visit the place.
This French-style pastry shop is located in Saint Gilles, near Porte de Hal. The duo of chefs of the patisserie decided to specialize and serve just three main sweets: choux pastry, cookies, and donuts. But don’t be fooled, the selection is abundant. They use the best ingredients, promote their producers and change the flavors based on what’s available in each season.
The front window of the Chouconut is tiny but colorful, and it will catch your eye. There are a few tables outside and many more inside, on the floor level as well as upstairs. The interior design is warm, cozy and welcoming. When we visited last Saturday, for the most of the time, we were the only guest sitting on the first floor. Many people came to buy desserts and coffee to go.
We tried a couple of choux pastry, one with vanilla-caramel filling and the other filled with salty caramel cream, as well as a square donut covered in cinnamon sugar. Everything was incredibly tasty! I don’t think there’s translation for choux pastry (at least I haven’t found one) but you may know it as a puffed pastry used to make profiteroles or éclairs.
The choux we tried were excellent, and we saw many more tempting variations we will try next time. Chouconut also sells caramel bonbons, biscuits, jams and toast spread, so there are plenty of things to try.
As we walked out of the shop the sun was shining, it was warm and calm. We knew it was one of the last days of Indian summer and we walked around exploring nearby streets. We spotted a few more places we noted down to visit sometime soon. Saint Gilles is one of the neighborhoods we haven’t explored yet and are looking forward to doing it in upcoming weekends. One cafe or restaurant at a time 😉
If you’re looking for cafes and restaurants in other Brussels neighborhoods, you can find more recommendations here.