I was strolling down on main street, the Meir in Antwerp when I spotted this billboard.
The day before yesterday a famous chocolatier from Bruges has opened the doors to his brand new shop in what is probably one of the prettiest locations in Antwerp, the Royal Palace at the Meir. The palace was built in the mid 1700’s and was bought by Napoleon in 1811 who had it decorated in French Empire style. During the first World War it was the home of King Albert I. The palace and it’s furniture was donated to the Flemish people by King Boudewijn. The palace has been restored to it’s former grandeur and is going to open to the public the first weekend of May.
I had a brief conversation with Dominique Persoone, the man behind this amazing chocolate shop. He told me it’s a unique feeling to make chocolate in Napoleon’s kitchen! Opening the shop is one year overdue, so as you can imagine he is probably THE most tired yet happiest man on the face of the earth.
So here’s a scoop for you ladies and gentlemen, allow me to open the doors to chocolate Heaven!
The minute I walked in, the delicate scent of chocolate teased my nostrils.
The place is so pretty it made me gasp.
And this is "Napoleon's" kitchen …
Can you smell the chocolate?