In a country where the average inhabitant consumes about 8.3 kilograms of chocolate a year, you will probably not be ... More
Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate
In a country where the average inhabitant consumes about 8.3 kilograms of chocolate a year, you will probably not be surprised to find a chocolate museum. Located in the corner of Grand Place , this is the place to indulge your curiosities about the history of cocoa and chocolate. On certain days of the week, there are demonstrations by a chocolate master as well as an opportunity for you to taste a variety of chocolates. Even better, you can buy some more to take back home. The museum can be rented out for parties and there are regular exhibitions held at this venue.
The space was very small and was way too crowded (and this was February). We had to wait a long time in cramped quarters for the demonstration which was disappointing in the end anyway - it was about making pralines, not about cacao or chocolate.
The rest of the place was filled with chocolate trinkets and memorabilia, but nothing too interesting.
The small samples of chocolate they gave us were quite poor.
Perhaps I should have known by the touristy location (just off the Grand Place) that this would be a rip-off. Whoops.
It cost us 5 euros per person, by the way.
I think it was sponsored by Barry because they were promoting Barry chocolate.
This is a relatively modest museum with a lot of interesting facts about the history of coca and chocolate. Don't be expecting Hershey Park or anything, as this museum is not particularly hi-tech or commercialized. It was very quiet when we went, and apparently this is quite unusual, but it did add to our overall enjoyment of the museum. The whole museum took less than an hour, so if you're looking for a way to spend some time before or after lunch, I would recommend it. A good value for 5 euro each.
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