Rue de Ganshoren 39, 1081 Koekelburg-Brussels
Belgium and chocolate: the options are hardly scarce, and quality runs the gamut. If you’re going to make chocolate part of the Brussels experience, best find the most artisanal way possible. Step forward Frederic Blondeel.
It’s many things beyond a chocolatier: it’s a roasters, an ice-cream maker, and even a sort of innovation laboratory. Descended from several generations of coffee roasters, Blondeel decided turned his hand to the cacao bean instead, and the results have won him numerous accolades, among them a Gault & Millau worlds-best in 2019.
Blondeel is torrefaction as real craft: the beans are all hand-picked, and the biscuits, pralines and ice creams all hand-made by Blondeel himself. Of course, the chocolates too: there are also myriad permutations of gourmet chocolates and truffles that fuse traditional flavours—coffee, cinnamon, Dutch speculoos—with unexpected ingredients, including Szechuan pepper, chili, basil, and various teas. The ‘laboratory’ is behind a glass wall, allowing visitors to watch the roasters and makers in action.
Hotel Amigo can arrange appointments for tastings and custom packaging designs at the Rue de Ganshoren flagship.