Everything you always wanted to know about the history of chocolate is here, from its rise in the Americas, where the 2,000 years ago Mayans were already using cocoa beans as currency as well as to make a beverage; to Spain, where it was introduced by the conquistador Hernando Cortés; and then to France, where it was brought by the Jews after their expulsion from Spain and Portugal. In 1635 it arrived in Belgium, now one of the foremost countries in chocolate production. On display are delicate porcelain cups, some extraordinary chocolate sculptures, and even come clothes made of chocolate. You finish with a demonstration of its production that will make you ready to tackle the superb chocolate shops that fill the streets of Brussels.
Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat
9–11 rue de la Tête d'Or
Our Rating Neighborhood Grand'Place Hours Tues–Sun 10am–4:30pm Transportation Metro: Gare Centrale Phone 02/514-20-48 Prices €5.50 adults, €4.50 seniors and children ages 13–18, €3.50 children 6–11, free for those 5 and under Web site Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat
Map9–11 rue de la Tête d'Or Brussels
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