Chocolate of 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.
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.
Paris Chocolate Walk
The ultimate gourmet chocolate tour for chocolate aficionados, the Paris Chocolate Walk departs 3 times a week with small groups of no more than 6 people, guided by a food writer or chef and visiting some of the French capital’s best chocolateries and patisseries. Visitors will also enjoy samples and discover the science behind chocolate manufacturing.
Chocolatorium Michel Cluizel
Michel Cluizel has been producing chocolate since the 1940s, and has grown into Normandy’s primary chocolatier. The Chocolatorium includes a gallery covering the history of chocolate, a film introducing the production of chocolate, a discovery workshop in which chocolatiers prepare chocolates according to traditional methods, and an old-style workshop.
Belgian chocolate is renowned all over the world, this small nation of just 10 million people has over 2000 chocolate shops, and the sweet treat is part of the cultural DNA of the country.
The city of Bruges produces some of the best chocolate in the country and is home to over 80 shops which have been approved by the Guild of Chocolatiers. With so much choice, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the primary destinations for European chocolate lovers.
Musée de Chocolat Jacques
Located in Eupen, in the Belgian countryside, Musée de Chocolat Jacques is an impressive factory with a museum that covers the cultivation of cocoa and chocolate production, as well as stocking interesting related artefacts. There are guided tours if you wish, or you can explore yourself and see the factory in operation from an elevated walkway.
Chocolate is engrained into the culture of Germany and is also part of many traditions and celebrations in the country. Nobody loves good chocolate more than the Germans, in fact, they are second in the world (just slightly behind Switzerland) when it comes to the highest annual chocolate consumption. Most British travellers will recognise German chocolate brands Milka and Kinder.
Cologne Chocolate Museum
The Cologne Chocolate Museum is a large, independent museum covering many aspects of the history of chocolate. The museum’s highlight is its 3m high chocolate fountain, which you can dip waffles in to sample. The museum also has a café and gift shop so you can treat yourself as you tour.
Heidelberg Chocolate and Wine Tasting
In the beautiful Old Town of Heidelberg, visitors can enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting experience, including 5 wines from regional vineyards and 5 fine chocolates from the house of Domori.
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