Brussels is known worldwide for its chocolate and the best way to enjoy it in the chillier months is by drinking it. Here are some of the best places in Brussels, from a brasserie to a food truck, to go and enjoy a luxurious cup of cacao on a cold day.
At heart a busy brasserie, L’Ultime Atome was one of the first Brussels restaurants to offer deconstructed hot chocolate; a glass of hot milk and a jar of pure dark chocolate nibs. Mixing the hot milk with the chocolate, nib by nib, is almost therapeutic. The brasserie also offers other hot chocolate options but sticking to the classic you can’t go wrong. The L’Ultime Atome is located in the heart of the Ixelles district and offers also a great selection of food and beers. Whatever you’re drinking, you can do it inside or out on their terrace in the crisp winter sunshine.
L’Ultime Atome, Rue Saint Boniface 14, 1050 Brussels, Belgium +32 2 513 48 84
A true Belgian chocolatier, Frederic Blondeel is also a roaster of cocoa beans. This makes his shop a must-visit for those who are interested in the true origin of chocolate from bean to bar. His hot chocolate can be enjoyed on the spot, on the go or, for those who want to keep it cozy, at home. An added bonus for chocolate lovers is that all the chocolate at Frederic Bloondel is made in Brussels in their own chocolate factory.
Frederic Blondeel, Quai aux Briques 24, 1000 Brussels, Belgium +32 2 2 512 77 12
Part of the food truck craze taking over Belgium by storm, Vroom Vroom Coffee is an espresso bar on wheels. The vintage truck can be seen at different festivals as well as close to the student campuses of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel or the Université libre de Bruxelles. Among the large choice of coffees, the owner also serves up wonderfully indulgent marshmallow filled hot chocolate to enjoy on the go.
Vroom Vroom Coffee – various locations in Brussels, +32 483 49 49 20
Once a haberdashery (mercerie), La Mercerie is now an intimate tea and coffee house which also serves food and a great brunch over the weekend. Their choice of hot chocolate is limited to two; with whipped cream or marshmallows. But both are worth the detour to Place Flagey to try out. The small corner street place can be easily missed so look out for it, you will not be disappointed.
La Mercerie, Rue des Vegnies 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium +32 2 644 21 40
Founded in 1912 and located in Matonge, Maison Renardy has been a family business ever since. At its core Maison Renardy is more a tea house, however it also offers a varied selection of hot chocolates to enjoy in the cozy café. The Tanzanian hot chocolate with 73 percent cacao is truly special. Tea and hot chocolate can be enjoyed alongside the most delicious cakes for a perfect afternoon treat.
Maison Renardy, Chausse de Wavre 111B, 1050 Brussels, Belgium +32 2 524 30 17