Easter’s come round quick this year, hasn’t it? I swear it’s only just been Christmas and I’ve barely got through the chocolate I received then. Don’t worry though, I can always fit more in…
While I dream of all the choccie I’ll be tucking into, let me help you dream of the wonderful European cities you can visit on the hunt for the best chocolate.
From cakes to truffles to pralines, the Czech Republic have a real taste for the cocoa-based confectionery. Luxury high-end chocolatiers found in Prague, usually set their sights on traditional Belgian pralines, and what a tasty treat to create. Head to Havelská Street and you’ll find Chocolate Monkey, a bona fide emporium of chocolatey delights. You’ll be able to enjoy the good stuff in the cafe, buy it from the shop, or make your very own in the workshop – just make sure you book your slot.
Now, you don’t always need to do eat chocolate to enjoy its velvety goodness; it’s just as good in warm, liquid format. Nestled in the heart of the Old Town is Choco Cafe, with the most delicious hot chocolate you could ever find. Don’t miss out next time you’re in Prague, you won’t regret it.
Oh the city of love. How could we pass Paris by when talking about everybody’s favourite treat for romantic occasions. Not to mention the fact some of the best chefs in the world come from France, so there must be a few that know a thing or two about milk and cocoa.
One great tip is to head to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, where you’ll find many of the city’s chocolate artisans, making everything from nutty pralines to creamy ganaches. You’ll also find one of the world’s best chocolatiers, Michel Chaudun. Try one of his scrumptious truffles while marvelling at the impressive sculptures he creates; this is no ordinary chocolate-maker, it’s an artist at work.
If you want to eat the sweet stuff in style then Krakow has some really great offerings. As a matter of fact, E. Wedel Chocolate Lounge is renowned for it’s regally, elegant decor with a stunning, vaulted glass ceiling and portraits of Poland’s favourite chocolate brand’s founders, hanging throughout its decadent space. Cakes, chocolates and pralines are just a few of the tasty treats on offer.
If you simply want to walk away with an abundance of chocolates to share with the family, or to eat on your own, then you can’t go wrong with Kawiarnia Karmello, found on the Royal Route. Walk away with a selection of yummie treats, chosen by your fair hand, and enjoy some of the best coffee around at the same time.
If you consider yourself a bit of a chocolate connoisseur, the Netherlands’ capital is the spot for you. Use your sweet tooth to up your Amstergram game and head for Punccini Bomboni. This delightful cafe and restaurant, combines chocolate and spices from the freshest ingredients. Although the variety isn’t enormous, the quality is truly amazing.
This family-run shop has a down to earth philosophy combined with a master knowledge of chocolate. Head to the center of the city to find out how the ingredients and best methods are put to the test, to give you an unforgettable experience.