Chocolate in France
France’s reputation for gastronomy is unrivalled, and it’s not just savoury food that they do well, with fantastic deserts to choose from too. France’s contribution to chocolate involves fine, gourmet treats and truffles.
If you’re eager to start sampling some of Europe’s finest sweet treats then take one of our ferry crossings from the UK to France, such as Newhaven to Dieppe, or Dover to Calais or Dunkirk, and you’ll be there in no time. You could even start your journey with our overnight car ferry crossing from Newcastle to Amsterdam, and experience the chocolatey delights of
Belgium on your way through to France. Parfait!
Chocolaterie de Beussent Lachelle
Located in the beautiful seaside town of Le Touquet (not far from our Calais port), the Chocolaterie de Beussent Lachelle offers tours covering different chocolate making techniques, as well as providing a history of chocolate cultivation and production.
Tours end with a tasting opportunity and the chance to buy chocolates direct from the factory outlet.
Chocolaterie du Drakkar
Located in the quaint northern French town of Bayeux, home of the eponymous tapestry, Chocolaterie du Drakkar covers a history of chocolate down the centuries, presented in a large visitor's centre. Visitors can also watch the making of Drakkars chocolate meringues through the windows of the chocolate laboratory, view historic chocolate artefacts from around the world, and participate in a tasting session.
This quirky and mesmerising chocolatier has been a well-known figure in the Parisian gastronomic scene since 2004.
His shop, offering the highest-quality collection of the expected chocolates, liqueurs and truffle treats, also boasts a collection of fantastical and surprising chocolate figures and statues.
This place is a must if for the chocolate tourist taking a trip to the capital!
Not only does Bernachon make great chocolates, they actually make the chocolate itself, specially selecting the beans to make each chocolate unique. This most famous of Lyonnaise chocolatiers combines patisserie, chocolaterie and restaurant all in one, offering enthusiastic gourmands and chocoholics a truly complete experience. No trip to Bernachon would be complete without trying their world-renowned Le President - a chocolate genoise with hazelnut praline, cherry confit, and chocolate shavings formed in the shape of a flower.
Image credit: Bernachon - Ricardo
Paris Chocolate Walks
The ultimate gourmet tour for chocolate aficionados, the Paris Chocolate Walk departs three times a week with small groups of no more than six people.
Guided by a food writer or chef and visiting some of the French capital’s best chocolateries and patisseries, tourists will enjoy samples and discover the science behind chocolate making.
Paris chocolate festival
With over 500 participants exhibiting their most delicious treats, the Salon du Chocolate could be the ultimate display of European chocolate making. Held in October, the event offers visitors the opportunity to learn chocolate recipes and attend chocolate-making workshops, as well as a host of other activities. What’s more, the event also features the best pastry makers, food designers, chefs and confectioners France has to offer.
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