I'm going to Brussels this summer and as a chocoholic, want to make sure I hit all the great chocolate places even if it means I have to go on a diet when I come back! I'll also plan on driving to Ghent and Bruges if anyone has suggestions there. Which ones are extra special that I should I make sure I try? Are there any factories I can tour?
In Brussels the area around Place Du Grand Sablon has some of the best chocolatiers, Patrick Roger and Pierre Marcolini , also WITTAMER but this is mainly a pattissier (although delicious) and off the beaten track try Mary , Zaabär and 2 more mainly patissiers Frederic Blondeel and Yasushi Sasaki
In Bruges without question the atelier of Dominique Persoone; Chocolate Line
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My favorites are the champagne truffles by Neuhaus. :) But try them all.