It goes without saying that chocolate shopping in Belgium is a must, but which of the thousands of chocolatiers to visit? No, Godiva is most certainly not it.
Pierre Marcolini is a store that I stumbled upon randomly, and later realized how big of a deal this chocolatier is. Its chocolates are known to be exotically creative by including unusual fruits like apple, pear, blackcurrent and melon, as well as ingredients such as pepper, chestnut, tonka beans and even patchouli, sandalwood and oak. Mmhmm. No pictures are allowed inside the store, so here are some snapshots from the outside…
After being named World Champion of Pastry in 1995, Pierre Marcolini opened his first chocolate shop in Brussels in the same year. Now his shops can be found in Paris, London, New York, and Tokyo (for store locations, check their website.)
Neuhaus is another chocolatier that I visited while in Belgium. It started in 1857 as a pharmaceutical sweet shop selling cough sweets, liquorice and bars of bitter chocolate made in the shop’s cellar. Overtime it developed into the Neuhaus group, selling pralines and other chocolate delicacies in over 50 countries with 1500 sales outlets. You can easily find this shop on any major street/shopping area in Brussels as well as in other parts of Belgium (for store locations and details, check their website.)