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With its penchant for reverie-inducing confections, you’ll encounter a troupe of Willy Wonka-esque chocolatiers in Brussels. If you want sweet treats without having to be rescued by an Oompa Loompa, head to Zaabär to spend 90 hairnet-clad minutes hand-rolling truffles in meringue and coconut; sprinkling milk and dark cocoa bars with dried fruit, nuts and spices; and perfecting your calligraphic chocolate drizzle – then promptly scarf down your creations afterwards. Sated? Head to Rue de la Tête d'or to visit the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate.
Stay Be Manos; if the dramatic bubble chandelier and monochrome design of the restaurant don’t woo you, melt-in-the-maw Blanc-bleu Belge beef, lemongrass soup and tongue-fizzing sherberts will.