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Amsterdam and Brussels
September 13, 2005
11:27 pm
stevec
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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.

[;)]

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September 14, 2005
6:17 am
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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]

More about Belgium Chocolate
[url]http://www.visitbelgium.com/chocolate.htm[/url]

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September 21, 2005
10:23 am
stevec
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Thanks so much Masur, i will report back on my trip and let you know what i find and any new discoveries.

[8D]

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September 21, 2005
12:49 pm
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Please tell us more about your trip and don't get lost in Brussels, there are chocolate shops everywhere.

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September 21, 2005
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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!)

September 22, 2005
3:04 pm
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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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September 23, 2005
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Tell us more about your trip!

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