The number of chocolate stores in Brussels can be overwhelming. Unfortunately many of them are just tacky tourist traps. La Maison de Maitres Chocolatiers though is a genuinely heavenly experience. This shop in the Grand Place offers a selection of chocolates by 10 Belgium artisans. Not only do they have excellent truffles but they sell their very own chocolate liqueur. The staff are super friendly and passionate about chocolate – just ask and you will get a taste bud by taste bud description of what makes each chocolate special. The most exciting news is that the owners are working on setting up a six month chocolate making course. (Sounds like a worthwhile activity for a sabbatical doesn’t it?) They also offer chocolate appreciation and food pairing evenings. Check out their website to fully appreciate the depth of their expertise.