Pierre Marcolini has been championed as the man who has changed the image of chocolate. Using rare chocolate beans and experimental flavours, Marcolini has modernised the sweet treat into a cutting-edge, stylish delicacy. Traditional flavours have been upgraded to feature more exotic tastes such as cardamom, passion fruit and liquorice. With jewel- like packaging, these chocolates are a truly indulgent souvenir.
Pierre Marcolini, 1 rue des Minimes, 1000 Brussels, +32 (0)2 514 1206
As the inventor of the praline and the creator of the special box known as the ballotin, Neuhaus has a long and proud tradition of creating gourmet Belgian chocolate. One of the few chocolate companies still manufacturing in Belgium, it offers more than 70 types of chocolate and, as supplier to the Belgium royal court, Neuhaus is a must-visit for an indulgent treat or delicious souvenir. A trip here is not complete without trying one of the pralines.
Neuhaus, 29 passage du Nord, 1000 Brussels, +32 (0)2 217 2737
Supplying more than 100 varieties of Belgian chocolates, all made of 100% pure cocoa butter, and using the finest quality ingredients, it is no wonder Leonidas is considered one of the best chocolatiers in the country. It specialises in white chocolate: the Manon is a must-try, a heavenly mix of white chocolate filled with coffee butter crème and praline. Other sweet treats are also available, from candied fruits to ice cream.
Leonidas, 34 rue au Beurre, 1000 Brussels, +32 (0)2 512 8737
Those who want to take home a piece of Belgian history should head to Wittamer on place du Grand Sablon. One of the most prestigious names in Belgian chocolate making, the company has been a landmark in Brussels ever since its founding in 1910. Wittamer’s truffle selection is wonderfully indulgent, but those who are feeling slightly more sinful should try the hot chocolate, complete with a bowl of whipped cream, at the on-site tea room.
Wittamer, 6-13 place du Grand Sablon, 1000 Brussels, +32 (0)2 512 3742
Godiva has become internationally synonymous with fine Belgium chocolate and is one of the crown jewels in the place du Grand Sablon area. The chocolatier’s gold ballotins are magnificent and are great souvenirs of your time in Belgium. From salted caramel truffles to caramel pecan bark, Godiva offers plenty of gorgeous confections worth loosening a couple of buttons for.
Godiva, 21 Grand Place, 1000 Brussels, +32 (0)2 511 2537