Brussels is famous for many things, its beer, the Manneken Pis and a square practically covered in Gold but a sure winner for kids is the gorgeous silky Belgium chocolate which somehow manages to taste even better in it’s home country.
If you are visiting Brussels with kids a trip to a chocolate demonstration should be high on your list of things to do. We found the best place to do it was at the Choco Story just a minute away from the Grand Place.
The museum is a joint venture between two familes, both passionate about good quality chocolate and it’s origins and it really shines through in its demonstrations.
It’s tucked away down a little side street with an unassuming awning outside. The museum part of the visit is set out over a few floors and has a few interesting facts and figures about chocolate, its origins, and its importance to Belgium.
Your ticket is actually a little chocolate which is a nice touch and immediately made Piper fall in love with the place!
I really enjoyed looking at the old chocolate packaging designs and advertisements.
The museum really isn’t the main reason for the visit but if you have a little time to explore its quite interesting. It’s pretty old and could probably do with an update…. But that’s not why you’re there.
Then on to the main event, the chocolate demonstration. Tours into the kitchen are timed to prevent it from being too busy. It makes it feel more personal and gives you the opportunity to ask questions if you want.
This place wins due to the quality of its chocolatiers, their enthusiasm for the product and their obvious love of making proper chocolate.
On the day we visited, we were a varied bunch of around 15, speaking several different languages. The chocolatier did not miss a trick, explaining his demonstration in 4 different languages, making sure not to leave out anyone.
He talked us through the process of making the perfect Belgium Chocolate and was generous with his interesting facts and figures. For instance, did you know how to tell if a chocolate is man-made or made by a machine? I do now and I wont spoil it for your visit!
He also talked us through the correct storage of chocolate, quite an emotive subject in our house as Mr AWTYK insists on keeping it in the fridge which I hate. Apparently that’s completely fine as long as you take it out an hour before eating!
The best bit, as you can imagine is getting to taste the end result, and we all agreed it was one of the best chocolates we have ever tasted.
• Adults: € 6
• Students, pensioners: € 5
• Children over 6 years: € 3.50
• Children under 6 years accompanied by an adult: free
Choco-Story is open from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Open everyday apart from December 25th and January 1st, and from January 8th until January 12th.
And if you can’t make it to Brussels, the Van Belle family, also own chocolate museums in Paris, Prague and Mexico
You can prebook your tickets for the Choco Story in Brussels here.
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