Do you live, breathe and dream chocolate? So do we. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the hottest European spots to satisfy all your chocolate cravings and then some. If you’ve got a chocolate addiction, best look away now…
Venchi Chocolate, Milan
It’s not often that chocolate gets featured in a real-life art installation. For Venchi chocolate, it happened in 2007, and they’ve since gained status as one of the worlds best house of chocolatiers. Venchi is best known for their Piedmont hazelnut filling, which is made into a nougatine or spreadable cream. But the real star of the show is their selection of unique chocolate gelatos, which you can enjoy while perusing the architecture of Venchi’s next door neighbour, the 600-year-old Duomo of Milan.
Neuhaus Belgian Chocolate, Brussels
Who could even set foot in Belgium without eating enough Belgian chocolate to put you into a coma? Since 1857, the talented chocolatiers at Neuhaus have been crafting traditional Belgian praline, with a recipe specific to the region. Head there in the summer to check out their creative summer fruit editions with pineapple and strawberries. Make sure to bring space in your bag for souvenirs (or snacks for later)…
Landeau Chocolate, Lisbon
You may have ventured to Lisbon for the custard tarts, but you’ll stay for the chocolate delights when you stumble upon Landeau Chocolate. Dubbed the ‘ultimate chocolate cake’ by visitors and locals alike, Landau’s legendary cake attracts chocolate lovers from far and wide to this little cafe in the heart of the city. Paired with a tea or coffee, one slice will have you in chocolate heaven for hours.
Trying to choose the best chocolate shop in Paris is like trying to choose the best pub in London. It’s impossible – there are so many, and they’re all totally unique and mind-bogglingly amazing. But, if you’re strapped for time, head to Angelina to sample their world famous African hot chocolate, and munch on a ‘Mont Blanc’, their signature pastry. This combo together should be on everyone’s Paris bucket list, and once the taste of hot chocolate hits your tongue, you’ll understand why.
San Gines, Madrid
If you’re pining for Churros in Madrid, San Gines should be your first port of call. They’ve been honing the fine art of churro making since 1894, and it’s safe to say they’ve more than cracked the code. For less than 4 euros, you’ll be enjoying these light crispy treats with an addictive pot of molten chocolate for dipping. The best part? They’re only closed for 2 hours a day, so no need to panic when you crave churros at 3 am…
If you’re one with a flair for the creative, you’ll be bowled over by the extravagant chocolate creations at Choccywoccydoodah in London’s Carnaby Street. Stepping into their magical store will not only serve you real-life Charlie and the Chocolate Factory vibes with the smell alone, but you’ll also be captivated by their cakes and decorations, which are literal works of art. Stop for one of their world-famous hot chocolates while you gaze over their colourful and super ‘grammable creations.
Fassbender & Rausch, Berlin
Residing in the trendy city of Berlin, Fassbender & Rausch is the world’s biggest chocolate emporium. With a chocolate shop, a chocolate café and a chocolate restaurant all in one, it’s pretty much your one-stop shop when it comes to all things chocolate. Choose from one of their 10 different types of chocolate as you learn about Germany’s chocolate history, and round it all off with a selfie with one of their esteemed chocolate sculptures. Chocolate overload? No such thing.
Oriol Balaguer, Barcelona
Some shops have chocolate desserts, this shop has chocolate architecture. Oriol Balaguer is the mastermind behind what was voted ‘the best cake in the world’ in 2001, and he’s been winning awards and blowing minds ever since. Head to his flagship store in Barcelona to sample his mouthwatering pastries and marvel at his chocolate sculptures and architectural artwork. Balaguer, you are the Salt Bae of chocolate.