My 4 Favorite Chocolate Shops in Brussels

Chocolate shops are ubiquitous in Brussels, but in order to not waste time or money on the “tourist trap” big names, I’m sharing 4 smaller places that I recommend trying out. You’re about to see a whole lot of chocolate.

1. Frederic Blondeel

One of the most interesting chocolate shops we tried on our trip, Frederic Blondeel is what I imagine when I think of a local Brussels chocolate shop. They don’t ship or distribute far, and if something runs out in the day, it runs out. You can tell Frederic knows chocolate and focuses on quality.

Frederic Blondeel Chocolatier, Brussels, Belgium

Frederic Blondeel Chocolatier, Brussels, Belgium

Frederic Blondeel Chocolatier Brussels, Belgium

Favorite chocolates: the cardamom and currant, and the dark chocolate nougat

2. Wittamer

Wittamer is mostly famous for their cakes and pastry creations, but their chocolates and pralines are magnificent as well. They have a location that features more of the cakes and pastry and includes a patio to sit outside and enjoy. Just down the street is the smaller shop specifically selling their truffles and pralines. Good prices, good quality, good chocolate!

Wittamer Chocolatier Patisserie, Brussels, Belgium

Favorite chocolates: pistachio marzipan and champagne truffle

Also try: the raspberry tart!

3. Mary

Chocolatier to the royal family of Belgium is Mary’s claim to fame, and they’ll let you know about that right when you walk in! However, they can at least back it up with some really good chocolate. These sweets felt a bit more traditional in terms of flavor choices, but were still delicious.

Mary Chocolatier, Brussels, Belgium

Mary Chocolatier, Brussels, Belgium

Favorite chocolates: dark chocolate ganache and the coated walnut

4. Meert

While Meert isn’t technically a Belgian original (founded in France in 1761) I really love this place. We stopped into this shop during our Chocolate and Beer tour of Brussels and the two I got to sample were magnificent and probably my favorite from the tour’s tastings. They also serve baked goods and make chocolate tea! I would have made another trip there before leaving, but whenever we were close by it was closed. If I were to go back, this would be my first stop. However, they have 3 other locations, including one in Paris!

Meert Chocolatier Patisserie, Brussels, Belgium

Meert Chocolatier Patisserie, Brussels, Belgium

Favorite chocolate: I forgot to write the name down, but it basically was a fancy Snickers bar (it’s that bottom right one in the photo), and I don’t think I have to tell you anything else.

Have you been to Brussels and sampled the chocolate? What were your favorites? Comment below and explore the rest of my travels in other posts!

Lydia Jane


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