The chocolate capital of Germany, Cologne is the home of the Stollwerck chocolate company. The Imhoff Stollwerck museum also known locally as the chocolate museum celebrates the history of chocolate around the world, and has interactive exhibits, samples and a giant chocolate fountain.
Best Chocolate Shops La Maison du Chocolate, Tortchen Tortchen, Weibler Confectionery, Demnitz Chocolaterie, Mama Chocolate and Leonidas Chocolates.
Tain L’Hermitage is the home of the world-renowned chocolate producer, Valrhona. A great stop is the Valrhona Ecole du Grand Chocolat, a school that teaches professional chefs, chocolatiers and caterers. They even host a three-day course that teaches amateurs how to make decadent deserts. Best Chocolate Shops Valrhona is pretty much it, as the town is small. Founded in 1922 by pastry chef Monsieur Guironnet, Valrhona has become one of the leading producers of chocolate in the world.
Dubbed “the Sweetest Place on Earth,” the town (originally called Derry Church) was renamed Hershey in 1906 due to the popularity of Hershey chocolates. Home to both The Hershey Company and the H. B. Reese Candy Company, “Chocolatetown, USA” has branded itself as an American chocolate center and some popular chocolatey attractions include Hershey’s Chocolate World, The Hershey Story Museum and the Chocolate Spa. Best Chocolate Shops Hershey’s Chocolate World offers a Chocolate Tasting Adventure. Also try Café Zooka and the Cocoa Beanery. The Iberian Lounge is known for chocolate cocktails.
Take a chocolate tour in the Big Apple with either the New Cuisine Chocolate Tour or the Luxury Chocolate Tour, where you can learn about the history of the shops you visit and sample some of their chocolates. Best Chocolate Shops The cream of the crop include Chocolate Bar, MarieBelle, Li-Lac and Richart Design et Chocolat. However the best of the best is Jacques Torres Chocolate, with favorites like his famous champagne truffles, rich hot chocolate, chocolate-cloaked almonds and pain au chocolat (chocolate pastry).
Home to Spain’s oldest gourmet chocolate producer, Valor, founded in 1881, Villajoyosa also boasts an excellent chocolate museum that not only showcases the history of Villajoyosa’s chocolate production but also how local favorites are made. Best Chocolate Shops Valor is the best place in town to buy chocolate. Their chocolate with churros is a local specialty that must not be missed. Other shops include Chocolates Perez, Mokafe, Chocolates Clavileno, Siroco and Jose Vinache Soriano.
Chocolate tours are a great way to take in San Francisco’s best chocolate shops. You can also step back in history wandering through Ghirardelli Square, which was originally built as an expansion of the old Ghirardelli chocolate factory. Best Chocolate Shops Ghirardelli, Scherffen Berger (the first company in America to completely create their chocolate from bean to bar and they offer free tours of their factory six times a day) Other shops worth checking out include Michael Recchiuti, XOX Truffle, Richart San Francisco, Cocoa Bella, TCHO, Coco-Luxe and Christopher Elbow Artisinal Chocolates.
Visitors to the city can’t walk down the street without being offered chocolate in some form, whether it is hot chocolate, chocolate pastry or chocolate candy. A lot of Oaxaca’s chocolate is made with old family recipes the old-fashioned way, ground either by hand or with electric grinders and mixed by hand. Best Chocolate Shops Located on the street 20 de Noviembre are the three largest chocolate producers in the city, Moyordomo, Guelaguetza and La Soledad.
This city can boast that the first chocolate making machine was built there in 1780. Today, Barcelona celebrates its rich chocolate heritage with a museum dedicated to chocolate, the Museo de La Xocolata, which features everything from chocolate sculptures to hot chocolate. Best Chocolate Shops Chocolates Amatller, Chocolate a la Taza, Dulcinea, Fargas, Pasteleria Escriba
Switzerland consumes more chocolate per person that any other country, and with world-renowned companies like Cailler-Nestle, Toblerone, Lindt, Treuscher and Sprungli calling it home. Best Chocolate Shops Treuscher, Lindt, Spungli, Frey. However in Lindt’s case visiting their factory store can save 10-20% and you can also buy half-price chocolates that were rejected because of improper packaging or other flaw. Some great chocolate boutiques in Zurich include Truffe, Schrober and Merkur.
The city is home to two of the biggest chocolate companies in the world, Godiva and Leonidas. If you visit Brussels, make sure you go to the Musee du Cocao et du Chocolate where you can learn how chocolate is made. Best Chocolate Shops Grand Sablon, a small square in the heart of the city is home to Wittamer, Pierre Marcolini, Neuhaus, Godiva, Leonidas and Zaabar. No trip to Brussels would be complete without a visit to Mary, founded in 1919, a favorite of the Belgian Royal Family since 1942.