Chocolate and Brussels, a match made in heaven. The two are inseparable, sort of like salt and pepper or Batman and Robin. Ok that doesn’t really make sense, but when you live in a city that is as wet and grey as Brussels, you need some really good chocolate to ward off complete and utter depression. Maybe that’s why the Belgians invented the praline 100 years ago? Whatever the reason, anyone who visits or lives here is lucky enough to taste some of the best chocolate in the world.
Now there is a huge range of chocolate to be found, truffles to bars, mouse to cookies, from a huge range of chocolatiers, like the big boys Neuhaus, Marcolini and Godiva to the independents like Laurent Gerbaud and Alex & Alex. No matter what your favorite is, this is the time to enjoy it. The first ever Brussels Chocolate Week starts on Monday and will celebrate all things related to the cocoa bean.
Things will kick off on Monday at 11.30 in the main hall of Midi Station with an attempt at a Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest train made of chocolate. Now that I might have to see! There are loads of other activities and ways to enjoy chocolate all week long. If you’re serious about tasting chocolate, you can purchase a “ChocolatePass” that includes 10 tasting vouchers and a map to various shops around the city. The pass costs €5 and is available at participating chocolatiers or the VisitBrussels tourist information offices.
The Cocoa and Chocolate Museum has developed a program of visits, walks, meetings and tastings on the theme of the cocoa bean, and will host a special chocolate-themed breakfast on 24 November. A number of restaurants around the city will also join the celebration, offering chocolate-based dishes throughout the week. See the program for all the participating shops and restaurants and details on guided tours, workshops and tastings. Afterwork Shopping on Thursday 22 November will also be in on the action, with a program of demonstrations and other events.