Chocolate in Europe
Chocolate is one of life's simple pleasures, and Europe has had a rich heritage in producing quality chocolate for centuries. With a huge number of artisan chocolate shops, manufacturers and museums dedicated to the sweet stuff, you can plan a tour and visit the best the continent has to offer, or just treat yourself to a little something as you pass.
Just hop on one of our ferries to Dieppe, Dunkirk, Calais or Amsterdam, and you’ll be immersed in a European chocolate heaven before you know it.
Check out our guides to what you can expect in terms of chocolate from the major European nations we can help you visit.
Chocolate in France
With nine of the ten best independent chocolatiers in the world currently residing in the country, you could do a lot worse than a trip to France if you’re looking to sample the sweet delights of Europe.
Visitors can enjoy Parisian chocolate tours, world-class Lyonnais chocolate makers and impressive chocolate sculptures.
Image credit: Bernachon - Ricardo
Chocolate in Germany
The Germans are the second highest consumers of chocolate in the world, so it’s fair to say they’re passionate about the stuff. However, there’s more to German chocolate than Milka bars and Kinder eggs. Germany has some world-renowned chocolateries on offer, providing some sweet relief from the busy streets of the major cities.
Image credit: Davis Staedtler
Chocolate in Belgium
Like Switzerland, Belgium has become synonymous with quality chocolate. This tiny European nation - which invented the praline - has brought excellence to its chocolate industry over nearly 500 years since cocoa arrived on its shores. Visit eye-opening chocolate museums, browse hundreds of different pralines and chocolates, and experience exotic and unexpected combinations of flavours at every turn.
Image credit: Paulius Malinovskis
Chocolate in Holland
Holland is probably not first to mind when planning a chocolate tasting holiday in Europe. However, there are plenty of delights for the chocolate-loving tourist to enjoy in the Netherlands, especially in the capital, Amsterdam. Visit Holland with chocolate on your itinerary and you’ll enjoy chocolate festivals, top chocolateries and chocolate making workshops.
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