If you arrived in Belgium looking for chocolate, you came to the right place. Founded in 1919, this one-of-a-kind chocolatier still uses its original recipes, refusing to settle for any artificial ingredients or coloring. Step inside this lovely shop to experience an extravagant décor reminiscent of the Louis XV era (quite fitting for a chocolatier that is only a few blocks from the royal palace). Famous for their pralines, Mary produces everything from caramel to chocolate mousse to traditional chocolate bars, all in small batches so that everything is fresh and flavorful. Attracting former U.S. presidents, Belgian royalty, celebrities, and regular tourists alike, Mary is much more than your average chocolate shop. It is an experience, best had sweet.
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