They are privately owned and privately run.

You can find them in any village. Even the smallest villages usually have more than one.

You can get decent bread at supermarkets in Belgium, but lots of people still prefer to make an extra trip to their local bakery to buy bread, cakes and what are locally named ‘coffee cookies’, a concept that entails croissants, chocolate croissants, muffins, donuts and a wide variety of local pastry.

Bakeries like these are among the many things I miss in Slovakia.

There are bakeries in Slovakia, but they almost never feel as soulful as the ones in Belgium.

In Belgium every bakery seems to have its own unique spirit.

It’s a pity I suck as a photographer, because a series of pictures showing 50 different Belgian bakeries would be a real treat…


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