I suppose only in Belgium can you find a sex shop combined with a chocolatiere! The shop's speciality is edible erotic accessories which come (sorry) in male and female varieties. There's also edible clothing and all sorts of interesting things - makes for a unique window-shopping experience ;-)
Website has mail order option!
What to pay Edible pussies (kutjes not kitties) come four to a pack - 2 milk, 1 white and 1 dark @ 6.50 Euros!
A well known fact about Belgium is its chocolates. In this respect a spot which is certainely not to be missed by tourists visiting our city is "Chocolaterie Burie", a renowned establishment in Antwerp. This chocolate shop is known not only for the outstanding quality of its products, but also for its artfully decorated shop window. Burie has a reputation of following up on recent events or holidays in the concept of their window. Even those travellers that are not attacted to chocolate will no doubt be able to appreciate the window.
What to buy An item that can be found here represents the city's reputation, both as world diamond center and as chocolate producer. This item are chocolate diamonds, available in both large and small quantities.
What to pay Prices are vary variable depending on the products and the quantities.
One of the many things Belgium is famous for are its fresh hand made chocolats.
Being very tasty, seducive and addicting... there is more about it then just "chocolat"!
This statement needs no more proof then a view through the shop window of the Burie chocolat store.
Many designs in chocolats are at display but those are the ones of today...
This chocolatier has golden fingers! A look at their website will show you some of the previous designs they had made, fabulous!
I don't think I would be able to eat some of those... they are so beautiful I would leave them untouched!
Do visit the website!
What to buy They have so many things for sale, from the ordinary (although that is an understatement) chocolats, to the more extraordinary creations.
What about asparagus in chocolats? or a birdhouse even!
The Bourla theatre in chocolat or some Sheik's palace?
aaah maybe that last one would be too big...
What to pay The chocolats are not cheap but they are from very good quality and worth the price.
They also make arrangements of guided tours, combined with a taster and a little surpise afterwards. More info about that is found on their homepage.
You can order online at their website!
We were told to buy our chokkies from Leonidas as they make the best belgium chocolates. I cannot yet say whether that is true or not as I am still busy eating my cherry liquor chokkies that I bought.
What to pay Anything from 1 euro upwards.
At Pralines Elisa they make little replica's of the hand that the statue is throwing. These little hand are filled with marzipan and some or other liquer. They come in a lovely little box with a pamphlet about the story of the giant's hand.
What to pay Small box of hands cost 7 euro
Little packets with mixed chockies are approx 1.50 euro
Anywhere in Belgium you find chocolate. I will give you a small overview of the most famous ones, but there are of course, innummerable ones. The main chocolate shops are:
--> LEONIDAS: the "cheapest" in comparison to Godiva and Neuhaus, but nice pralinés.
--> NEUHAUS: more expensive and exclusive. visit http://www.neuhaus.be
--> GODIVA: I guess together with Neuhaus the most famous abroad.
You get these 3 at most of the cities in Belgium.
It is a pity that they all changed their windows to the "exclusive" style. Formerly you would find all those nice windows with the season's chocolates like Halloween, Christmas etc. but nowadays you only find nice window decorations in places like BURIE, which got famous for it's special creations. Check out details about this shop here http://www.chobel.be/cho_History.html
And then of course, there is MARCOLINI http://www.marcolini.be
Marcolini is on a never-ending quest for new flavours. So let yourself be seduced by his creations ...
Last but not least, I would like to mention the classic that you can buy in any supermarket and which I LOVE: Côte d'or - my absolute favourite: Bouchée (approx. EUR 2,50 the package) and Mignonette (also approx. EUR 2,50 the package), so very affordable and good!
http://www.cotedor.be Check out the recipes on the webpage!
What to buy --> LEONIDAS: the praliné Manon Café is my favourite, also the red marsepein.
--> NEUHAUS: the Manon Noir, Manon Choco Vanille, Fabiola and Dollar are sooo yummie!!!
--> GODIVA: the mouth-watering pralinés and ganaches ...
In general there are also Chocolates in form of the "Antwerpse handjes - the hands of the Brabo tale" (see explanation at my Antwerp intro). The chocolate diamonds (Antwerp, the city of diamonds!).
What to pay for example a 250 gr selection from Leonidas costed EUR 4.35 on the 20th of OCT 07. The same weight with Neuhaus praline selection costed EUR 11,- Luckily I am the kind of girl with a "cheap taste" as I love Leonidas which I actually find much better! Go and try out yourself.
Burie and Del Ray were two of the chocolate shops that Lonely Planet recommended as the best in Antwerp and, of course, I sampled a few pieces from each. I found as I was tasting chocolates throughout Belgium that my tastes ran towards the less expensive simpler chocolates like Leonidas or Peter de Groot in Ieper and these two places were higher end very fancy chocolate .
What to buy Chocolates of course!
What to pay I saved the receipt from Burie and the chocolates there were 52E/kg which if I'm doing all my conversions correctly is around $29.50/lb. so this is chocolate to be savored!
The shop itself had odd hours (well, odd for me as an American anyway!). We ended up going in the second day we were in Antwerpen. They have truffles galore as well as bars of chocolates (photoed). We also took a nice break to write postcards (I'm a postcard writing addict) to enjoy liquid chocolate. If you like hot chocolate, this stuff is delicious!
The truffles melt in your mouth.
What to pay One bar is/was four pieces for 1.20 Euros
Belgium is well know for its chocolates and Leonidas is one of the better know brands. Imagine an entire store dedicated to chocolate. And it’s not the only chocolate store in Antwerp. This particular store in insidiously situated on the street connecting the Central train station to the main shopping street. Get into the spirit of Belgium and have some chocolate. You owe it to yourself.
If I should name one thing Belgium is famous for; it would be choclates. And as a chocoholic, I can tell you this store makes the best ones in the world. So if you want to take a nice gift for your family or friends (or just for yourself) back home this is the place to shop. THe choclate daimonds are fun, they'll make a great gift. Just only looking in the window makes you wanna enter this store and taste the delicious choclates. The man who makes them (Hans Burie) is a real artist. He can do anything with choclate and marzipan. He makes statues in al kinds of forms depending on the time of year or the actuality (new baby giraffe born in the local zoo, celebration of Rubens,Christmas,...)
And the good thing is if you can't wait anymore to taste it after reading this tip ; they have an online shop too. The website is in English.
What to buy Do I need to say; CHOCLATES !!!!! off course.
What to pay I can't really remember how much I paid last times. But when I go there again I'll note it down. It certainly wasn't to much for this delicious stuff.
What to buy Belgium is also known all over the world for its fine chocolate made from high quality ingredients and using high-flavor cocoa beans.
One of the most remarkable names is Godiva Chocolatier, established more than seventy-five years ago in Brussels, and named in honour of the legend of Lady Godiva.
Godiva Chocolatier is one of the creators of the world's most elegant, hand-crafted chocolates and was the first to create the concept of premium chocolate.
What to pay Small and elegant shops selling Godiva chocolate can be found in the most important cities, and, although, it might seem a bit expensive, it will surely be one of the most representative and good quality souvenirs from Belgium.
Before I put this tip up I have checked ,
checked if they would still have enough for me
if I 'advertise' this shop. 'Burie is by far the best
know chocolatier in town. Please , if you want
to read about them have a look at the website
added below. Burie is know for his outrageous
window shop creations. A few I will remember for
a long time are for instance a big royal palace
for the wedding of prince Laurent , a real life
size ostrich to celebrate Easter , a giant
snowman in white chocolate...
So even if you don't like chocolate ,
go and have
a look at the shop.
What to buy
They sell a lot of 'pralines' and most of them they
have them in milk chocolate and dark chocolate
creation. They are filled with nuts , cream , liquor ,
and anything delicious they can imagine...
Watch out , you can't keep every chocolate fresh
for ages. Ask for advice in the shop.
My favorite item they got is the 'choco'...
I like it so much I sometimes eat it without
smearing it on bread. ;-)