godiva IS the WORLDLEADER as for LUXURIOUS SWEETS......
Its PRALINES (chocolates) are still being made according to the old traditional recipes and handmade in the traditional way!
These Pralines you can buy for yourself or......tell the staff that they are gifts "Mitbringsels" for those at home....and then they will wrapped them in wonderful boxes and paper with ribbons etc.. and you will be welcome at home....
What to buy: SWEETS of course...
Open: 9 AM - 10 PM but on Sundays from 10 AM - 10 PM.......plenty of time for every tourist to spend there quite some time!!
What to pay: how bulging is your wallet?????
Belgium is famous for it's delicious chocolate. And Brussels in particular is a good place to buy some. I found Elisabeth in the center of the city a very good place to buy Belgian Bonbons. They have a whole range of bonbons to choose from like Orange, Praline, Raspberry, Marsipan and even Tea or Pepper. And the price isn't even too bad either.
What to buy: Assorted Bonbons. try some of the unusal flavours like Tea or Pepper.
It doesn't get much better for quick relief from shopping when you manage to come across a first rate coffee shop, that's also a first-rate chocolatier. Although small the coffee shop has a beautiful winding staircase with half a dozen tables on the first floor indoor balcony. When you buy a coffee, they normally slip a couple of choccies onto the tray, which makes a great improvement from the dried up, wrapped biscuits you get with most establishments.
What to buy: Their range of chocolate coated Espresso beans certainly pack a punch and come in attractive little bags, making them ideal for presents. There are about five types to choose from, or an assorted bag.
This chocolate shop is very recognisable by the chocolate fountain in the window to the shop – as it continuously oozes the silky brown stuff over three levels, as a small crowd of chocoholics (all-women) salivate outside. We bought a few loose chocolates, and they were very good quality, but I’m no aficionado (and thus not a wobbly)
Mmmmmmmmmffffff ... chocolate is for sale everywhere. The Neuhaus store on Grand Place is a good place to start:)
What to buy: I especially love the dark semi-sweet chocolates.
Another easily available brand that is excellent is Leonidas.
A delightfull coffee room upstairs where I personnally enjoy having a relaxed afternoon coffee and a delicious home-made pastry.
Don't forget a box of their heavenly chocolate!
Also found at the airport.
Around the Grand Market a lot of small shops are located where tourists can buy there gifts and fine chocolate and fudge. If you'd like to have your own Manneken *** in the garden, go and get it here.
Enough said, Belgian chocolate is simply THE best.
Try not to buy the 1kg box. Unlike popular belief, you can have too much of this good thing.
What to buy: Good buys are Godiva, Neuhaus & Leonidas. The supermarkets also sell high-quality chocolate bars if you're looking to pack some presents for back home.
Does not matter where you buy your chocolate, It'll be awesome anywhere. If you don't want to mortgage your house, don't shop at the big chains, try to find a couple of small family owned shops. I don't remember the names of the shops I visited, although, there is a good one on Stoofstraat, between Grand Place and Mannekin-Pis.
What to buy: Are you kidding? Chocolate
What to pay: Depends on where you shop.
pralines, pralines and pralines....and little bit of orinary chocolate
What to buy: all!!!
What to pay: well...this depends on how much you want to spend...my recommendation is not to go hungry in this shop...
Beautiful interieur. Great smell of chocolate.
What to buy: All of the pralines are coming from chocolateheaven;-)
You can always try different kinds of chocolate before you buy.
What to buy: Chocolate-what else?
What to pay: You can always find some discounts on quantity.