Belgium is world-famous for its chocolate. So, there’s a good chance your loved ones will expect you to bring some back for them. What they won’t expect is bringing back chocolate you made yourself!
We’ve picked six of the best team building workshops on offer. They all differ in styles, price, times, and locations, so you can decide which one is the most appropriate for you.
The Cocoa Journey
New Yorker Cathy started the Journey to Cocoa. After a decorated career working with prestigious companies such as Relais Desserts, Rococo Chocolates and Callebaut, she opted for a new journey teaching in Brussels.
This experience is unique as it’s the only workshop on the list where classes are skill-based. Going from beginner (€35), intermediate (€49), to advanced (€59), sessions last from 1.5 – 2 hours.
The Cocoa Journey is on a side street of the Grand Place. A mere 47m from the historic square, making it a truly quintessential Brussels event.
Check out their Instagram to see some remarkable chocolates.
This is the most comprehensive experience on the market. You certainly won’t be a novice after this four-hour creative workshop.
The package also includes a guided walking tour. Stroll past the major sights in Brussels, have a tasting in the most exclusive chocolate shops and learn about the history of chocolate and the Belgian pralines. This experience starts and ends at the Grand Place, so you’re right in the heart of the city.
You can check out their Instagram to see glimpses of this tour and other events they offer to prepare yourself!
This workshop costs €70 for adults, and €40 for children.
When it comes to historical credentials, Neuhaus is just showing off. This chocolate house is over 160 years old, is the inventor of praline, and the official supplier to the Belgian Royal Court!
The workshop lasts 1 hour, and costs €35 per person. It’s available for a maximum of 8 people and is open every day of the week.
The shop is located on the stunning Galerie de la Reine, 200m from the Grand Place. If you can’t make it to Brussels anytime soon, don’t worry. They have shops in several cities, such as New York and London.
Belgian Chocolate Workshop
This tour is about value for money. Here’s your chance to make more than 35 chocolates in 2.5 hours. The prices range from €35 for adults, €29 for children, and €31 students.
And you don’t have to go out of your way for the privilege. It’s located just an 11min walk away from Grand Place.
The course is designed to develop proficiency in pralines and mendiants. Their Instagram is full of chocolates to make you hungry!
Concept Chocolate began in 1986 when Frank Duval opened the original factory in the centre of Brussels.
It wasn’t until 1990 when he decided to move the chocolate factory to a former theatre at 19 Rue de Chardons. Located just north of the city centre, 15,000 people go out of their way for the experience each year.
Concept specialises in team building workshops as well as family & friends workshops that start from €53. Their sessions consist of factory tours and hands-on learning with tasting sessions in between.
Concept chocolate goes beyond chocolate as a tasty treat. They suggest how to best pair chocolate with beer and wine, and even offer separate beer and wine tasting sessions.
You can see Concept Chocolates superb work on their Instagram while you count down the days until you can taste it for yourself!
Salon du Chocolat
Salon du Chocolat is the world’s largest event dedicated to chocolate and cocoa! With over 100 participants, the biggest names get involved. It’s the place to be for new trends and products.
The exhibition takes place at Tour & Taxis. It is a large former industrial site situated on the Brussels Canal in the City of Brussels, just northwest of the city centre.
As well as workshops, there are exhibitions and sculptures, a demo stage with a line-up of top chefs, a chocolate fashion show, talks, and tastings.
In the sad case that you can’t make one of the three days, check out their Instagram to see what you’ve missed!
Your time in Brussels will be all the more enjoyable by spending a couple of hours with your guests or colleagues making your own chocolates. And if you want to burn all the chocolate off afterwards, you could take a walk in one of these parks in Brussels.
We hope it goes well, and that you have fun. And if worst comes to worst, you can always buy some chocolate at the airport on the way home!
Featured image: Brussels Chocolate Workshop via earthtrekkers