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Self-Guided Chocolate Walking Tour in Brussels

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Belgian chocolate is among the most famous in the world. Their unique chocolate-making methods result in creamy chocolate that has travellers flocking to their country by the bucket load.

Not to mention the praline was invented in Belgium too… in Brussels to be exact, which is just one of the many reasons why you should visit!

And with the help of this blog, you can embark on your very own self-guided chocolate walking tour in Brussels.

Enjoy… and happy snacking!

Self-Guided Chocolate Walking Tour in Brussels

Meert's Shop Display

Below, you’ll find a sneak peek of where we recommend you go on this self-guided chocolate walking tour in Brussels:

  • Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate
  • Corné Port-Royal
  • Pierre Marcolini
  • Neuhaus
  • Mary
  • Gaston

The best bit? All the stops in this tour are located near the popular districts of Grand-Place and Marché aux Poissons.

They’re also fairly close to each other, so you won’t have to go far to eat the best chocolate in Brussels.

We recommend you buy around two or three chocolates in each store, alongside any gifts and souvenirs you want to take home with you. Ready? Let’s go!

Stop #1: Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate

Choco-Story Museum

The Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, also known as Choco-Story, is a chocolate museum and home to a chocolate-making workshop.

Thus, it’s the ideal first stop on this self-guided chocolate walking tour. Here, you’ll learn all about the origins of chocolate and how it was once made.

You’ll also see a demonstration of how Belgian chocolates are now made today. Plus, you’ll get a free praline at the end of it. Bonus!

You should expect to spend around 2 hours in the museum (including seeing the chocolate-making demonstration).

Brussels Chocolate Address Book:
Choco-Story, Rue de la Tête d’or 9, 1000 Bruxelles

Chocolate Making in Bruges

Stop #2: Corné Port-Royal

Corné Port-Royal has been in business since the early 1930s and is responsible for inventing the ‘Manon Sucre’, a type of praline, which is now considered to be an important part of Belgium’s chocolate history and culture.

Although the Corné brand now adorns some twenty boutiques in Belgium and another fifteen in France, its most famous is in Galerie de la Reine… which is where you’re heading now.

Inside their shop, you’ll find ballotin boxes, chocolate tablets, gifts and a large counter full of individual chocolates.

Brussels Chocolate Address Book:
Corné Port-Royal, Galerie de la Reine 5, 1000 Bruxelles

Stop #3: Pierre Marcolini

Pierre Marcolini is perhaps the most upmarket chocolatier on this walking tour, but the flavours and craftsmanship are well worth the money.

Alongside individual ganaches, pralines, truffles and chocolates, you’ll also find luxury chocolate tablets and bars, as well as macarons, cakes and pastries.

And their 2, 3 and 4-tiered chocolate gift boxes are something else entirely.

Brussels Chocolate Address Book:
Pierre Marcolini, Galerie de la Reine 21, 1000 Bruxelles

Stop #4: Neuhaus

Located within the pretty shopping arcade of Galerie de la Reine, this boutique is the original Neuhaus flagship store.

Neuhaus are most famous for inventing the Belgian praline and the ballotin box, so one of these should definitely find its way into your shopping basket.

Alongside this, you can find various individual chocolates, truffles and nougatines in the store (priced by weight), as well as chocolate bars and gifts.

And if you happen to be visiting Brussels at Christmas, then their advent calendars are also well worth the splurge!

Brussels Chocolate Address Book:
Neuhaus, Galerie de la Reine 25-27, 1000 Bruxelles

Stop #5: Mary

Leading the way in Belgian chocolate since as early as the year 1919, Mary originally started out as an Art Deco-style tea salon.

Today, the Mary brand is recognised and celebrated all around the world and has even been granted the ‘Belgian Royal Warrant’.

This means the King of Belgium himself has recognised the talent of this chocolatier… so you’ll be walking in fine footsteps indeed!

Inside the store, you’ll find a charming tea shop and café, as well as handcrafted chocolates, pralines, caramels, ganaches and truffles.

And the most prized of all Mary’s items is their range of gift boxes. Beautifully decorated and containing delicious chocolates, you can’t help but treat your friends, family… and yourself!

Brussels Chocolate Address Book:
Mary, Galerie de la Reine 36, 1000 Bruxelles

Stop #6: Gaston

Just in case you still haven’t quite had your fill of Belgian chocolates, the last stop on this Brussels chocolate walking tour is the little (but no less wonderful) café of Gaston.

It’s here that you’ll find the most wonderful hot chocolate (or chocolat chaud) you’ve ever tasted!

Chocolat Chaud at Gaston

We’ve also heard that they’re pretty famous for their ice cream as well… just in case you’re visiting in the summer and it’s too hot for chocolate of the hot variety.

Either way, grab a seat outside if you can as it’s the perfect rest stop and people-watching spot.

In the summer, there are shaded canopies to protect you from the sun, and in the winter, there are heaters and fluffy blankets to keep you warm.

Brussels Chocolate Address Book:
Gaston, Quai aux Briques 86, 1000 Bruxelles

Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour Map

Please find a map here of all the stops on this self-guided chocolate walking tour. Feel free to print it if you need to as well!

Map of this Self-Guided Chocolate Walking Tour in Brussels
Click the image to see a larger version of it

Did you like this? Why not try a self-guided street art walking tour in Brussels or a Bruges chocolate walking tour next time?

Want more tips for your Brussels trip? Check out our weekend itinerary!

Are there any other chocolate shops in Brussels you can recommend? Feel free to write a note below…

Self-Guided Chocolate Walking Tour in Brussels
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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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