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The 9 Best Chocolate Shops on the Planet

posted in: Fun  |  posted by: Jennifer Gregory on January 28, 2009  |  11 Comments

When we were growing up, having a piece of chocolate meant heading to the store for a Hershey bar or bag of kisses. Chocolate has certainly evolved over the past couple of decades, with new brands of luxury chocolate popping up everywhere you turn.

Chocolate

Chocolate is not just candy. Chocolate is an art form of its own. No two pieces are alike, thank goodness. Chocolatiers around the globe take great pride in their culinary creations, each using cocoa and ingredients from their native regions. If you really want to sample some of the world’s finest chocolates, you may just have to tour some of the world’s best chocolate shops!

Chocolat Michel Cluizel – New York

Chocolat Michel Cluizel

Chocolat Michel Cluizel is a satellite store based off of a famous Paris shop. This particular store is the only chocolate shop with a liquor license, meaning you have a few extra “adult” flavors to choose from, including cognac, tequila, and champagne. Unlike many other chocolate shops, the packaging here is far from gender-biased, making it a great gift for anyone on your shopping list no matter what time of year.

Recchiuti Confections – San Francisco

Recchiuti Confections

Located in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Recchuiti Confections is one of the finest chocolate shops on the West Coast. The shop features chocolates designed by owner Michael Recchuiti, as well as those designed by local artists. Looking for something spectacular and new? Try a piece of fruit that has been sliced paper thin, soaked in key lime juice, dried out, and dipped in dark chocolate – it’s a sinful treat worth revisiting over and over again!

Jean-Paul Hevin – Paris

Jean-Paul Hevin

If you have a few extra dollars to spend you might consider a trip to Jean-Paul Hevin in one of the most upscale sections of the Paris shopping district. Tarts, pastries, fruit ganache, and chocolate lollipops are only a few of the delightful treats Hevin has to offer. Those with extra time to spare won’t regret stopping for lunch in his fabulous tearoom.

Pierre Marcolini – Brussels

Pierre Marcolini

Walk into the Place du Grand Sablon in Brussles and you’ll feel more like you walked into a high-end department store than a chocolate shop. The folks in Brussels take the art of chocolate making very seriously – as well they should. Do not leave Pierre Marcolini’s shop without at least tasting his divine chocolate ice cream and make sure you pick up at least a few chocolate bars to go.

Sprungli- Zurich

Sprungli

In Switzerland you’ll stumble upon Sprungli, a chocolate lover’s favorite for almost 150 years now. The most wonderful chocolate treats held within their wood cases are the truffles, both mild and dark. The second floor houses a restaurant where you can relax, enjoy a delicious meal, and perhaps have a little more chocolate for desert.

Chocolaterie du Rhone – Geneva

Chocolaterie du Rhone

Chocolaterie du Rhone has been around for over 125 years, making it an old favorite as well. This incredible chocolate shop features more than 50 different types of chocolate and more than 12 different truffle flavors on any given day. Make sure you try the Mocca glace – a tiny piece of chocolate that is loved by patrons but about which the owner will reveal nothing. We don’t mind secrets as long as we can have the chocolate.

Cacao Sampaka – Barcelona

Sampaka

There are three hot chocolate shops in Barcelona, but Cacao Sampaka is the most highly recommended, hands down. It is here that you’ll find smooth creamy chocolate with a modern twist. The flavors are blended with spices you might not normally expect to find in a bar of chocolate, but they are exquisite nonetheless. France and Switzerland may be well known for their chocolate creations, but the folks in Barcelona will certainly give them a run for their money.

Le Chocolat de H – Japan

Le Chocolat de H

Chocolatiers usually stay away from Japan, but the rapidly spreading chocolate craze has made chocolate lovers out of the Japanese population as well. Master chocolatier Hironobu Tsujiguchi has put a special twist on the creation of chocolate, including special ingredients such as sea salt in his mix. Try a macaroon or a dark chocolate truffle. Wash it down with a cup of green tea and you’ll be surprised at the unusual yet pleasant flavor combinations.

Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven – New York

Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven

We literally felt like children the moment we stepped into Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven. There’s something special about a chocolate shop that looks like a cross between an upscale boutique and Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Think fine French chocolates designed to cater to what many consider America’s unique taste buds and you might have an inkling of how different this shop really is. Looking to try something really spectacular? Check out the spicy hot chocolate – yum!

Chocolate lovers from around the world know just how important it is to find the perfect piece of chocolate. While we’re willing to make do with a grocery-store chocolate bar on any regular day, we’re not opposed to a special treat every now and then. Even if it means making a special trip to indulge!

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11 Responses to “The 9 Best Chocolate Shops on the Planet”

  1. Sweet Freal says on

    What a lovely list – I couldn’t agree more. Except, well maybe, I’d call Kee’s Chocolates the best in NYC. Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate, is indeed delicious. But Kee’s is sublime.

  2. Epicurean Ways says on

    So glad you included Cacao Sampaka in Barcelona (and other locations in Spain). It is not the only exquisite chocolate shop/fabricator in Barcelona. The best ones are modern makers with tastings and often bars to pair your chocolate with coffee of sweet wines.

  3. Jellibene from Oz. says on

    Why so many American favourites ? What’s wrong with Ghiriadelli in San Fransisco, except it’s too much of a good thing, but great chocolate treats.

    Melbourne and Adelaide (in Australia) have some superb chocolatiers and what about Olde England. Samplers need to travel more to vote on “The Best”

  4. Ben from Blighty says on

    I couldn’t agree more with Jellibene, London deserves representation! I’ve been to a few of the shops listed and I would put Paul A Young from London among them. I don’t know how to express the flavours of their filled chocolates beyond stunning, there’s always something new and unusual to try, and I have never tasted a better, more luxurious, chocolate brownie :)

  5. FujiGal says on

    I agree, a fantastic selection of world chocolatiers in this list – but what about our fabulous London chocolate stores? My favourite is Paul A. Young (there are 2 chocolateries)- ask for the seasonal collection, all ingredients used are natural and taste truly amazing!

  6. Mary says on

    What about Teuschers in Beverly Hills, CA? Their champagne truffles are to die for.

  7. dsd says on

    wowwwwwwwwwww

  8. Carolyn Bedoya says on

    What makes the environment where you eat the treat even better? Could it be the mood of the place or just the art work on the walls? I’m curious on maybe the fancy boutique adds to the taste experiece? What would be the ultimate environment?? Just Curious…..to your feedback
    Carolyn

  9. valentinstag angebote says on

    Can you provide more information on this? sincerely

  10. Michael says on

    I found a cute little chocolate shop in Chapel Hill, NC called The Chocolate Door. The owner, Meghan Rosensweet makes everything in small batches right there in the shop with as many local ingredients as possible. Definately worth a visit when in the southern part of heaven.



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