Belgium for Chocolate Lovers
a list of places
The House of Belgian Master Chocolate Makers is located in the heart of Brussels, the Grand Place and houses all the expertise and traditions of Belgium's most talented chocolate craftsmen. With tastings, demonstrations & workshops The House offers a unique chocolate experience.
The stylish Sablon district is your one stop shopping place for all things chocolate: Pierre Marcolini, Godiva, Neuhaus and Wittamer's shops are all located in walking distance.
When you have satisfied your chocolate cravings stop on over at the Magritte Museum, dedicated to the Surrealist painter.
Antwerp - Del ReyAppelmansstraat 5, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium | 03 470 28 61A cafe, pastry and chocolate shop all in one! Del Rey is a member of Relais Desserts, an organisation of renowned confectioners and chocolate makers comprising only the very best in the world.
Antwerp - Goossens ChocolatierIsabellalei 6, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium | 03 239 13 10In business since 1955, Goossens makes the chocolate hands, the symbol of Antwerp. Also look for the candied diamond, a champagne truffle filled sugar treat, which sparkles like a real diamond!
Antwerp - Gunther Watte Chocolate CafeSteenhouwersvest 30, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium | 03 293 58 94Try a freshly brewed hot chocolate with one of the many flavored pralines and pastries this artisanal chocolate shop has to offer.
Bruges - The Chocolate LineSimon Stevinplein 19, 8000 Bruges, Belgium | 050 34 10 90Dominique Persoone, owner of “The Chocolate Line” and Belgium's very own Willy Wonka has helped revolutionize traditional chocolate pralines, with exotic combinations such as peppers, garlic, guacamole, wasabi, chicken, oysters and tequila. He has even rubbed shoulders with The Rolling Stones and was invited to their birthday celebration to show the band how to “sniff” cocoa from his specialy designed cocoa shooter kit.
In his award winning book, “The Roots of Chocolate,” Dominique shares his expedition through Mexico to discover the origins of chocolate.
Bruges - Choco-Story, the Chocolate MuseumSint-Jansplein 2, 8000 Brugges, Belgium | 050 61 22 37Learn about the history of chocolate, the health benefits and watch how chocolate is made (and taste some too!)
Tip: When in Bruges, ask about the city praline, the 'Bruges Swan', created in 2006 and available in all 52 chocolate shops in Bruges. The recipe remains a secret.
- total distance: 81 miles (130 km)