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Belgium is known for its chocolate. Depending on whom you ask, they may even tell you that Belgium has the best chocolate in the world. Whether you are traveling to Belgium, or just want to bring a little European elegance to your holiday celebrations, these 12 chocolate shops will exceed all your expectations.
Chocolate in Belgium is often hand-made, with each company carefully sourcing the best beans. While all are delicious, each one has slightly different features. Of course, there are classic flavors like caramel or praline, but also more unique flavors like pepper or chili-almond.
Secret Guide to the 11 Best Chocolate Shops in Belgium
- 1 Brussels Chocolate Tour
- 2 1. Neuhaus
- 3 2. Leonidas
- 4 3. Passion Chocolat
- 5 4. Pierre Marcolini
- 6 5. Wittamer
- 7 6. Planete Chocolate
- 8 7. Jean Phillipe Darcis
- 9 8. Laurent Gerbaud
- 10 9. Belvas
- 11 10. Mary
- 12 11. Chocopolis
- 13 The best chocolate shops in Belgium are calling you
Brussels Chocolate Tour
All of the chocolate shops mentioned here are in Brussels. If you are visiting Brussels, I recommend taking a self-guided chocolate walking tour. This is especially fun with children and chocolate lovers. Have at least one chocolate at each stop! If you don’t want all the sugar, there are even sugar free options.
25 Galerie de la Reine, 1000 Brussels
Our tour of the best chocolate shops in Belgium begins with Neuhaus is a staple of the Belgian chocolate scene and the originator of the famous praline. I find their chocolate to be on the sweeter side than some of the others on the list. They are also a little more affordable than some of the other options.
Rue au Beurre 34, 1000 Brussels
Second on our best chocolate shops in Belgium tour is Leonidas. Leonidas is one of the oldest chocolatiers in Belgium. It is also a personal favorite and easily available, not only in Belgium, but throughout Europe. Leonidas has an incredible variety of chocolates as well as ice cream. I like their coffee and caramel chocolates, but I understand they are also famous for their white chocolate.
3. Passion Chocolat
2/4 rue Bodenbroek, 1000 Brussels
Passion is a unique chocolate shop in Brussels that aims to combine passion and pleasure. This is definitely a special chocolate shop in Belgium.
From the sensual decorations of the shop to the delicious, unique flavors, Passion will certainly inspire your passion for chocolate. This shop is located in the Sablon neighborhood, where I recommend focusing your chocolate tour.
4. Pierre Marcolini
1 rue des Minimes, 1000 Brussels
Peirre Marcolini is one of the most famous chocolatiers in Brussels and is considered something of an institution. Offering chocolates, cakes, pastries, and macrons. Pierre Marcolini was also awarded the honor of world pastry champion. Definitely worth a try!
6-12-13 Place du Grand Sablon, 1000 Brussels
Wittamer is also in the Sablon neighborhood. Wittamer is famous for being a favorite of the Belgium royal family. They also serve cakes, pastries, tarts, and ice cream. Stop in here in the middle of your tour to warm up and maybe have a little coffee or tea to balance all the chocolate.
6. Planete Chocolate
24 Rue du Lombard, 1000 Brussels
For a wonderful chocolate shop near the Grand Palace, stop in to Planete Chocolate. With a huge range of hand-made chocolates, this is another Belgium delight. They also make chocolate advent calendars and macrons.
7. Jean Phillipe Darcis
40 Rue au Beurre, 1000 Brussels
Jean Phillipe Darcis is also located near the Grand Palace. With a wide range of chocolates, this classic chocolatier mixes elegance and, for those who love Jane Austen – a fun name!
8. Laurent Gerbaud
D rue Ravnstein, 1000 Brussels
In case you have a sudden chocolate craving while at the central station in Brussels, Laurent Gerbaud is here to rescue you. This classic chocolatier offers all the elegance of the traditional chocolate houses of Belgium.
Laurent Gerbaud is actually known for its unique flavor combinations. Their specialty is combining fruit and spices with chocolate. If you love chocolate covered oranges or chocolate covered cherries, be sure to visit Laurent Gerbaud.
48 rue Rollebeek, 1000 Brussels
Belvas is the first organic chocolatier in Northern Europe. All of their chocolates are organic, naturally sourced, and fair trade. They have a wide range of flavors, including a sugar free line. All their chocolates are also free of hydrogenated fats.
Belvas has been awarded the title, ‘most ecological micro-company of Europe’. Because they are organic, they are my top pick on this list.
36 Galerie de la Reine, 1000 Brussels
Mary is the first chocolate house started by a woman. Go here to support women in business! Their extensive range and unique flavors have made Mary a favorite of locals, including the Royal family. Don’t miss these delicious chocolates.
Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 110, 1000 Brussel
Chocopolis will give you lessons in how chocolate is made and even let you participate in certain aspects of the process. Or, if you are in a hurry, just pick up some of their pre-made chocolates. This is especially fun to do with children.
The best chocolate shops in Belgium are calling you
As you can see from this list, Belgium offers an extensive range of delicious locally made chocolates for every taste and diet. Whether you have time to spend in Brussels breathing in the luscious smells of each shop and enjoying their unique window displays and flavors, or whether you plan to order online, Belgian chocolates will make your December a little bit brighter.
Cheers to sweets!
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