On the Hunt For the Best Chocolate in Bruges

If you love chocolate, then you’ll love Bruges. It has over 40 chocolatiers spread across the city, and there’s even a museum dedicated to all things cocoa.

The Choco-Story on Wijnzakstraat takes you on a trip through the history of chocolate making, followed by tastings and demonstrations. You can have a great hot chocolate at the museum, but the Old Chocolate House on Mariastraat probably has the city’s best. As well as making handmade chocolates, truffles and pralines, they do a seriously rich hot chocolate. You get a giant bowl of hot milk and a bowl of white, milk or dark chocolate chips. Then you get a whisk to mix them so you can make it just as rich and chocolatey as you like.

One of the city’s most famous chocolate shops is Dumon, a family-run business which has three branches around Bruges. It produces the creamiest, smoothest chocolate in town, though nothing’s labelled so you just tell the staff what you like and they’ll help you pick out your perfect selection.

For something a bit different, try Simon Stevinplein’s Chocolate Line, where chocolatier Dominique Person puts a range of weird and wonderful flavour combinations together. You can gorge on chocolates flavoured with everything from wasabi (the Green Tokyo) and fried onions (the Cebolla), to tobacco leaves (the Havana) and curry (the Bollywood). Don’t miss the elaborate chocolate sculptures in their shop windows too.

If you want to stock up on Belgian chocolate to take home without spending a fortune, Chocolaterie Jan De Clerck on Academiestraat is just away from the main tourist area. You can buy great value handmade chocolates and sweets from this local favourite, which is in an old fashioned shop that’s over 100 years old.