Where To Get The Best Belgian Chocolate In Brussels
Undoubtedly, there is no better chocolate than that made by Belgian chocolatiers. These chocolatiers have been in business for more than a century in a country whose capital has more chocolate factories than any other city on earth. Brussels is the nirvana for any chocolate aficionado, but try not to be tempted by the creamy chocolate fountains in the city center’s candy stores and instead follow our guide to find the real best chocolate in the capital.
Maison Pierre Marcolini
Arguably the greatest chocolatier among them all is Pierre Marcolini. Nothing less than a true legend in Belgium, this master chocolatier is the only one who selects the unprocessed cocoa beans personally, roasting them himself. From the Ivory Coast to Cuba, in Marcolini’s boutique at Sablon, visitors can find beautiful chocolate originating from all around the world, with intense dark flavors and wrapped artistically like jewels.
If you’re allergic to gluten, but still crave chocolate, Belvas has the answer. Nothing less than a miracle, Belvas’ chocolate is organic, Fairtrade, gluten free and even sugar free. Hard to believe, perhaps, but nevertheless true, Belvas is the first organic chocolaterie in northern Europe, and its chocolates are made from a smooth, award winning, Belgian dark and milk chocolate that melts in the mouth.
Chocolate is all about the senses. It should shine like satin, its aroma should fill the air and each taste should bring the taster deep pleasure. The core of Passion Chocolat, founded by Massimo Ori, is the passion and love for the artisan way of making chocolate. No preservatives, extracts or concentrates are to be found here; everything is pure and perfectly balanced. The 85 percent dark chocolate explodes in your mouth without tasting bitter and the biscuit pralines, composed of a secret mix of nuts and caramel, leave an unforgettable impression. At Passion Chocolat, chocolate is adventure.
A baker’s son who opened his first chocolate store when he was 21, Jean Galler is now known for his stunning combination of flavors. White chocolate with marzipan and pistachio, raspberry truffles and pralines stuffed with almond-paste and orange; Galler is nothing less than a chocolate making genius. The chocolate store also has a beautiful range of gift boxes, as well as delicious macarons.
Frederic Blondeel’s chocolaterie is probably the coziest one to spend an afternoon drinking the most delicious hot chocolate ever. The interior is modern yet warm, and has a pleasant atmosphere. Visitors can find passionfruit pralines and chocolate truffles filled with an unusual stuffing of blackcurrant cloves here, as well as the very popular Frederic Blondeel treat, artisanal ice cream.