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Brussels: the Chocolate Capital

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

One of the best reasons we can think of to visit the city of Brussels is for the chocolate, one of the most renowned and decadent desserts in the entire world. Chocolate is so popular throughout the country of Belgium that no matter what direction you travel in and how large or small the town is that you visit, you will most likely find a chocolatier, sometimes many. For the avid local and international “chocoholic”, the following are the top tasting tours in the Chocolate capital of Brussels.

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Chocolaterie Duval – visitors have the opportunity to see how the chocolate is being made as well as being able to participate in tasting sessions throughout the entire production process.  You need an advance booking to take the tours here as they will only allow groups of 25 guests at a time to take part in these 60-minute tours.

Hotel Le Plaza Brussels – you can stay here and take the tour here.  How convenient.  Everything here is all about the chocolate including visiting and exploring the Cocoa and Chocolate Museum as well as being able to sample some of the wares.  Even the bathrooms feature chocolate amenities.  Be sure to visit the L’Esterel café enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

Le Chocolat, L’Or Noir Des Bruxellois – individual, family, and group walking tours are featured here several times annually although they are scheduled infrequently.  The tour is 2.5 hours long and offers visits to the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, the Godiva and Leonidas boutiques, and other chocolate-oriented stops along the way.

Le Chocolatier Manon – all of the many chocolate delicacies are handmade, hand-molded, and hand-dipped here in the Brussels location.  Their chocolates are known worldwide and have received numerous food show awards.  Depending on the time of the year, these hour and half tours will accommodate 20 or more individuals who all receive samples once the tour has concluded.

Planète Chocolat – this is a chocolate workshop that you must visit whenever you are vacationing in Brussels.  Tours are conducted every Saturday from 4:00 pm on and all end with a sample tasting session.  Tours can be reserved for groups of 25 people while larger groups can be booked for other time frames.  Advanced bookings are an absolute must and all tours are conducted in Dutch, English, French, and German in order to accommodate as many visitors as possible.

Hotels in Brussels

Hotel Chambord - Room Hotel Chambord
Average Price: € 105.52
Average Rating: 7.6

Hotel Be Manos - Room Hotel Be Manos
Average Price: €150.97
Average rating:9

Hotel Ibis Centre Gare Midi -Room Hotel Ibis Brussels Centre Gare Midi
Average Price: €78.49
Average Rating:7.6

Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noire -Room Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noire
Average Price: €169.50
Average Rating:6.8

Hotel Mercure Brussels Center Louise -Room Hotel Mercure Brussels Center Louise
Average Price: €123.80
Average Rating:9.1

Hotel Ibis Brussels Off Grand' Place -Room Hotel Ibis Brussels Off Grand’ Place
Average Price: €179.11
Average Rating:7.9

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Venere Travel Blog writer anita choudhary

Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

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  1. Chocoholic says:
    August 28th, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Belgian chocolate is absolutely delicious and the best!


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