Here’s my Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier in Brussels guide, as you can’t visit the chocolate capital of the world and not visit a workshop.
How to Get To Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier
Laurent Gerbaud’s famous chocolate shop is located on the Rue Ravenstein 2D, next door to the Mont Des Arts.
Getting around Brussels couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:
By Public Transport:
The most convenient way to explore Brussels, is with a little help from public transport.
You can buy a Brussels Card with STIB Public Transportation, which allows unlimited use of all STIB buses, trams or metro lines for 24, 48 or 72 hours in the Brussels Region.
The Brussels Card also gives free access to 41 museums in Brussels, plus discounts on the most popular attractions, so it’s certainly worth the investment.
By Hop On Hop Off Bus:
Standard buses are available around Brussels with the Public Transportation Card.
However, there is also of course the famous Brussels Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus.
This bus lets you jump on and off throughout the city, and explore monuments such as the European Parliament, the Museum of Fine Arts and the world famous Atomium.
This option is always popular among tourists, and a is great way to see many famous landmarks around Brussels at ease.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier Entrance Fee
The chocolate shop itself is free to visit.
Workshops have to be booked in advance and start at:
Adult price: €35
Child price: €15
Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier Opening Times
The Laurent Gerbaud Shop is open:
Tues – Thurs 12pm – 6pm
Fri – Sun 12pm -6.30pm
Workshops are held every Saturday from 11.30am to 1.00pm.
Best Time To Visit Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier + Tips
The Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier workshops are only held on Saturdays and you need to book in advance as they are understandably very popular.
The shop also gets busy, so probably best to visit as it opens or just before closing time. Especially if wanting to stop off in the tea room.
If you visit the shop try the hot cocoa. It’s delicious and a great warmer on a cold day.
A great activity to add to your Brussels itinerary.
What To Pack
What To Expect At Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier
Aside from the chocolate shop, where you can purchase the famous Laurent Gerbaud chocolates and also stop for refreshments in the small tea room at the side of the shop, we took part in one of Laurent’s workshops.
Named Brussels’ Chocolatier of the Year 2021, the beginners workshop with Laurent Gerbaud is a brilliant experience, whether you are a chocoholic or not.
Not only is Laurent a fantastic host, but he is also one hell of a character. Extremely knowledgeable and entertaining, he makes the workshop really enjoyable.
You get the opportunity to taste a number of chocolates made using a variety of different cocoa beans. As well as some of the favourites in the vast Laurent Gerbaud collection.
More importantly, you get to create your own chocolates with all your favourite flavours to take home with you!
When you leave this workshop you will definitely have a greater understanding and appreciation for chocolate. As well as a smile on your face and some tasty souvenirs.
In addition, all workshop participants get 10% off their purchases in the shop on the day of the workshop. So you can really indulge those chocolate cravings!
I would highly recommend the Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier workshop if you are looking for unique things to do in Brussels.
However, there are obviously lots of other chocolate workshops as well as tours available in this city of chocolate and here are a few of the most popular:
Where To Stay In Brussels
Luxury – Hotel Metropole
ThisDeco hotel dating from 1895 is situated in the historical centre of Brussels, a 10-minute walk from Grand-Place and .
The marble staircases in the lobby lead up to the rooms, which include a TV with internet access.
The Hotel Metropole also offers 24-hour room service.
The breakfast room has the same layout and design as the Akshardham Temple in Delhi, India.
There is also Cafe Metropole where you can enjoy a premium brasserie-style cuisine in Brussels typical tradition. Guests at Hotel Metropole benefit from 6 free minibar drinks.
Mid-Budget – Vintage Hotel
Offering free WiFi throughout the property, this hotel has rooms with 70s-style décor and flat-screen cable TV.
It includes a stylish boutique wine bar and a spacious courtyard terrace.Hotel Brussels is also only 50 yards from the fashionable Avenue Louise shopping area.
Each of the rooms at Vintage Hotel Brussels includes work desk, a modern bathroom and an iHome docking station with music player, radio and alarm functions.
Guests can make use of the free WiFi. A buffet breakfast featuring fresh fruit, coffee and pastries is available daily.
Budget – Train Cabin Hostel
Located on a roof, Train cabin Hostel offers an unique concept in Brussels.
The accommodation is in an actual train sleeper cabin, used on the Belgian Railways.
The Cabin has an exterior shared bathroom fitted with a shower.
The unit comes without bedding, therefore guests bring their own sleeping bag.
For more places to stay in Brussels, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.