I will be in Amsterdam and Brussels next week on business and was very much hoping that the knowledgable members here could recommend some chocolatiers and chocolate shops that i should meet while there.
Thank you all in advance.
I'll be sure to post my views and any interesting news i come across on my travels.[;)]
August 6, 2006
In amsterdam I've heard of Unlimited Delicious, Haarlemmerstraat 122, 1013 EX AMSTERDAM: [url]http://www.unlimiteddelicious.nl/[/url]
In Brussels chocolate is relatively cheep and there are a lot of chocolates in the central area. I visited Brussels this summer and here are the shops I visited:
The best is Pierr Marcolini at 39 Place du Grand Sablon.
Best in the traditional Belgium style is Wittamer at 6 Place du Grand Sablon. Wittamer has a nice café worth a visist.
The rest of the shops I visited are in the traditional style:
Chocolatier Manon, Rue du Congrés 24, and the their awardwinning Spoutnik is worth a try. They arrange factory tours for groups (Factory is located outside the central area of Brussels)
Planete Chocolate, Rue du Lombard 24, talks about avant-garde chooclate. Here you can find flavoured bars but I've only tried traditional pralines. Planete Chocolate also have a café.
La Maison du Chocolat Artisanal,rue Marché aux Herbes 67.
Major brands like Galler, Godiva and Neuhaus all have shops near Grand Place. Their average chocolate is not worth a stop. Avoid Godiva unless you'd like to spend a lot of money on poor quality.
If you would like to try chocolate bars Neuhaus new range might be of iterest (€3.4 in Brussels). We have discussed them before: [url]http://www.seventypercent.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=509[/url]
Mary Chocolatier, Rue Royale 73 beacause was closed for renovation when I visited Brussels. The address is not far from Manons shop. Mary is pricy and has a famous customer list but according to most experts they produce average chocolate. I'm don't think it's worth a visit but you might want to check yourself.[url]http://www.marcolini.be/[/url] [url]http://www.wittamer.com/[/url] [url]http://www.chocolatiermanon.com/[/url] [url]http://www.planetechocolat.be/[/url] [url]http://www.mary.be/[/url]
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August 6, 2006
September 30, 2004
There's only been a few places I've been to where I've thought i absolutely, positively must bring my wife to see this sometime.. Brussels is one of those places (I love the grand plaz). You'll be hard pressed to have anything less than a great time, and as masur said, there's plenty of chocolate options for you to choose from. Lots and lots of beer too (Belgium has something like 470 independant brewers!)
I think i may have discovered one of Brussel's best kept secrets. A chocolatier tucked away near 'Montgomery', a quiet suburb of Brussels, a 15 minute metro journey from downtown, Brussels. Passion Chocolat. Has anyone else been there?
I will tell you all about it tomorrow when i am back in London and sat at my desk. But to give you a teaser, i tasted some of the freshest most delicate and delicious truffles i have ever experienced there. And Madam Macq, the chocolatier was particularly helpful and charming despite being very busy.
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