Mary Chocolatier – Brussels, Belgium
If Mary’s handmade chocolates are the finest in a country that claims to make the world’s best, does that make Mary’s the best anywhere? One nibble and you’ll join fourth-generation devotees, including the royal court, who think so.
With its blue velvet decor and Louis XVI furniture, this elegant shop looks like a refined jewelry store, and with royally rich bonbons beginning at $35 per kilogram we’re in the same financial ballpark. All those artistic chocolate gems are made on the premises, including the famous Belgian pralines, seventy different kinds filled with everything from caramel to delicate liqueurs.
It’s enough to convert even the most chocolate resistant.