Chocolaterie De Lelie in Delft

Chocolaterie De Lelie in Delft

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I have always known about the amazing Fair Trade chocolate that De Lelie sells but today, I tried their homemade ice cream. I couldn’t believe how long the queue was, it started at the front of the shop and went over the bridge. Cyclists passing by struggled to make their way through the crowd. You really have to be patient and wait to be served, but I promise you that it was well worth the wait. I tried 2 flavours – pistachio & “Delftenaartjes”. The pistachio was excellent – in fact I might even say that it’s better than Luciano’s. The “Delftenaartjes” is made of white chocolate, almond praline, almonds and hazelnuts.  I am not a white chocolate fan so it didn’t appeal to me as much as the pistachio flavour. If you read my earlier blog about Kek in Delft, De Lelie even has a “Kek” ice cream flavour which is an intense coffee flavour topped with cocoa bits. Unfortunately, this flavour wasn’t available today.

I would have loved to buy a pint of ice cream home but the queue was even longer than before. If you get addicted to to their ice cream (like I am now!), you can buy an ice cream card which gives you 10 scoops worth of ice cream for €11.50 (saving you €1.50 as a scoop costs €1.30). If you are an ice cream fanatic like me, Chocolaterie De Lelie is the place to go!img_0738

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Kek in Delft

Kek in Delft

I recently discovered a wonderful cafe in Delft that opens 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. It’s called Kek. My daughter & I went there on a Sunday and it was packed. It’s a clever concept of a cafe and crafts shop but it had a lovely cozy feel to it.  As the Dutch would say, it was “gezellig”. I absolutely loved the food there. We tried the roast chicken and homemade Dukkah sandwich which was flavourful and so delicious. I had the ‘We Make a Great Pear’ juice and my daughter had a Matcha almond latte. All the staff were young and helpful. I liked the fact that we didn’t have the pay for tap water and the service was good. The fact that people were prepared to queue for a table (as you can’t reserve a table) clearly indicated how good the food was. For dessert, I chose their homemade raw cheesecake and it was so good. I had never eaten a raw cheesecake before so I asked what it comprised of. I was told the cheesecake wasn’t baked and that the base was made of dates and the filling was pistachio and raspberry.  It tasted so much better than a normal cheesecake that is a lot heavier in texture. The cappuccino was excellent too. I am definitely going back there again.