A while ago we recommended Mary’s Chocolates – a small, local chocolatier near the Grand Place which is a nice alternative to the big-brand chocolate shops.
Here we would like to introduce you to another one of those small chocolate heavens: Chocolatier Elisabeth, which is even closer to the (touristy) city centre.
Located on Rue au Beurre 43, it’s just around the corner from the Grand Place and close to the tourist information centre.
It’s a tiny shop with the usual offer: Pre-packed seasonal sweets (Easter, Christmas, Valentines Day …), whole blocks of Nougat – and a reasonable selection of pralines. You can choose them yourself, obviously in any quantity you like.
We went for a small, mixed bag: The pralines were good – but not necessarily exceptional. The price was comparable to that of big-brand shops (roughly between 60 and 90 cents per piece). So far, so good.
What was not so good was the service. The two shop assistants didn’t seem to keen. Maybe we were customers 4.998 and 4.999 on that day – at least that’s the way their service felt. It took them some time to realise we actually wanted to buy something, and then – without any form of greeting – one of them just said, rather quickly: “Ok, tell me!”, without even looking up from the counter.
We chose some pralines, paid and left – with a bag of quality chocolate, but without the nice feeling you get in so many of the other chocolate shops.
Our advice: Go there if you have tried all the others and are desperate for something new. (If you go: the irish-coffee and the dark-ginger pralines were our favourites!) Otherwise, don’t worry about missing this one!
Elisabeth Chocolatier, Rue au Beurre 43, Brussels // www.elisabeth.be