Christmas Market in Durbuy (Belgium)
December 14, 2011 54 Comments
I love going to Christmas markets and one particular place which we have visited religiously over the years is the one in Durbuy.
Why this particular Christmas market?
Durbuy is a very small Medieval city located in the Ardennes, the more hilly part of Belgium. Normally, this place also gets snowed in earlier compared to Holland. We also love the quaint little towns in the area which are rich in history. Dining out there is also pleasurable for the Belgians know how to enjoy their food. That’s where the fundamental difference lies compared to the Dutch who can be happy with a simple fare of potatoes, some vegetables and meat with gravy.
Just as we are loyal patrons of Durbuy’s Christmas market, we also stay in the same place and same hotel — the Quartier Latin in Marche-en-Famene. This 4-star hotel which we discovered some years ago has nice rooms and a great restaurant. The wonderful menu comes with the territory – a French chef in residence.
Added to that, the inclusive buffet breakfast is always something to look forward to.
The nice thing about the Christmas market in Durbuy are the many lovely stalls to choose local delicatessen from the dried/smoked hams and sausages, delish pates and foie gras to the huge array of cheeses, breads, etc. Oftentimes, these stuffs are produced by the farmers themselves which spell the big difference compared to the commercially mass-produced ones that we get in the supermarkets and groceries.
When in Belgium in general, hubby is most times rendered indecisive by the hundreds of choices for beer which are produced by small and still very traditional breweries whose secret formulas and recipes can be traced back to the Middle Ages. How about that?
Restaurants in the Ardennes also feature quite unusual selections in their menus. Wild boar, deer, Guinea fowl, hare, rabbit and other wild meat are very common because the woodlands of the Ardennes is shelter to these creatures.