Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Ghent, Belgium

Address: Mageleinstraat 38 9000, Ghent Belgium | Numerous locations
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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Leave it to the French to make everything so pretty and grand. Including meringue. Aux Marveilleux makes its French pastries so marvelous that you’d wonder if Marie Antoinette was shitting pretty cakes in her time, or it is just the way it is. Aux Marveilleux de Fred has a lot of stores in Europe, Tokyo, New York and even in Dubai.

But regardless, all of their stores sell the same jewel — the Merveilleux. The Merveilleux is skillfully brought to life in the north of France by Frederic Vaucamps, hence Merveilleux de Fred. You’ll find his creations behind glass windows so artfully lined up that you’ll begin to realize its the new baguette. Meringue, all shapes and sizes.

One bite of the Merveilleux and I couldn’t distinguish the difference between it and a sugar cube. Granted, the entire Merveilleux must be showered with sugar in the process. Not that I hate it. The praline tasted eerily like those nutty kisses I eat back home, except more decadent and precious in each bite. I feel like I was eating gold. Chocolate Merveilleux tasted a bit more proper.


Meringue, speculoos biscuit, whipped cream coated with shaved white chocolate.

Le Merveilleux – Praline

Meringue, chocolate whipped cream coated with shavings of dark chocolate.

Marie Antoinette must be rolling over her grave.