Chocolate Nation – Antwerp

A Sweet Exploration of Chocolate Nation

I visited the largest Belgian chocolate museum in the world in Antwerp on December 15, 2023.
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Keyword: Belgian chocolate, museum
Totale Tijd: 2 hours
Cost: from €19/pp


When one thinks of Belgium, a few iconic images immediately come to mind: waffles, famous beers, and of course, the world-famous Belgian chocolate. It is this last one that is the subject of my latest adventure, a journey through the largest chocolate museum in Belgium – Chocolate Nation in Antwerp.
Located in the heart of Antwerp, Chocolate Nation promises to be an experience that every chocolate lover dreams of. With fourteen dynamically arranged rooms, the museum tells the fascinating story of Belgian chocolate, from cocoa bean to chocolate bar. But Chocolate Nation is more than just a museum; it’s a celebration of Belgian chocolate in all its forms and flavors.
During my visit to Chocolate Nation, which opened its doors in 2019, I was immediately impressed by its modern and fresh look. Everything in the museum felt new and sleek, which created a pleasant atmosphere for exploring the world of chocolate.
The start of the experience is the educational path that tells the story of chocolate, from tree to bar. This trip was not only educational, but also technically beautifully presented. I followed the path of the cocoa bean through several stages, which culminated in a (fictional) restaurant where my dessert plate was richly filled with a delicious chocolate creation.
After this tasty adventure, I delved into the history of Belgian chocolate. It was fascinating to discover where brands like Neuhaus, Gyalian, Leonidas , … come from. This journey through time was enriched with beautiful drawings, illustrations and immersive audio support, available in multiple languages. This made the experience not only informative, but also interactive and personal.
For the Instagram lovers, the museum offers various photo opportunities. My visit coincided with a Christmas theme, which made for beautiful, festive backdrops for photos. These moments were a fun way to capture memories of this special day.
A highlight of the tour was undoubtedly the chance to taste ten different chocolate flavors. This tasting was a true delight for the senses and gave a perfect ending to the educational journey. For those of us who just can’t get enough of chocolate, there was the Chocolate Nation store. Here I found a treasure trove of chocolate products, including my favorites, and even matching Belgian beers.
Overall, my visit to Chocolate Nation was an unforgettable experience, with every aspect – from education to tasting – contributing to my appreciation and love for Belgian chocolate.
Finally, if you want to roll up your sleeves, you can opt for the ultimate experience and follow a workshop at the same time.
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