Choco-Story Brussels: The Chocolate Museum
Choco-Story: The Chocolate Museum in Brussels offers a chance to expand your knowledge of the beloved sweet while trying out locally produced chocolates. This small museum is dedicated to the history and manufacture of chocolate and offers all sorts of chocolate-related exhibits, plus plenty of free samples.
Along with exhibition-like displays on the story of chocolate, take advantage of the museum's live demonstrations in which a chocolatier prepares chocolates right before your eyes. For a deeper dive into chocolate, visit the museum as part of a chocolate-themed walking tour; if you visit on your own, consider prebooking your admission or purchase a city pass (valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours), which offers admission to a host of local attractions.
Things to Know Before You Go
Choco-Story Brussels is a must-visit for chocolate lovers.
The museum is free for guests aged 6 and under.
Choco-Story is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Choco-Story Brussels is located in the heart of Brussels, just around the corner from the Manneken Pis and a few blocks south of Grand Place. For public transportation, take the metro to Bourse station or the train to Bruxelles Chapelle railway station—each are about five minutes away on foot.
When to Get There
Choco-Story Brussels is open daily, throughout the year, except when it's closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and from Jan. 8 to 12. Guests must arrive by 5pm to guarantee admission. Guided individual and group tours are available, but you must book in advance. Groups can also organize workshops and after-hours events at the museum with advance notice.
Belgian chocolate is celebrated the world over, and there are plenty of famous brands with showrooms in the area, many right on the Grand Place. The most famous of these is Godiva, founded in the city in the 1920s. Côte d’Or, dating to the 1880s, is an even older brand that's well-known in the French-speaking world. Also worth noting, Neuhaus lays claim to being the first company to make "pralines," chocolates stuffed with fillings.
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