You’ve heard of wine tours, but how about a chocolate tour? For chocolate lovers, Europe offers an abundance of places to visit and indulge. Here’s a list of the best cities to visit if you love chocolate just as much as we do.
1. Birmingham, United Kingdom
If you’re heading to London, schedule in a detour to Birmingham because that’s where you’ll find the renowned Cadbury World! That’s right – a delicious, educational theme park-like experience dedicated to chocolate. For now, it’s the closest thing to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory you’ll ever experience in your life.
This magical chocolate centre can be reached by train from London Euston in a couple of hours. Spend a day learning about the history of Cadbury and chocolate, watch chocolatiers make chocolate, go through the many exhibitions dedicated to everything chocolate before ending your visit with a feast at the Cadbury cafe! And don’t forget to take home some souvenirs from the world’s biggest Cadbury shop.
2. London, United Kingdom
London is truly chocolate city.
For those looking for a tea time treat, you’re in luck – Paul A. Young has been named Britain’s best chocolatier. Try the rich truffles and brownies in his boutique shop located in Soho.
For more chocolate-themed fun, make a reservation at the One Aldwych hotel to experience their special Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired afternoon tea. The delightful menu boasts treats like chocolate caramel milk, homemade candy floss and cocoa bean financier.
For chocoholics with an artistic streak, Choccywoccydoodah is the ultimate treat. The art and design-focused chocolatier has outlets at both the trendy coastal city of Brighton and the quirky area of Soho in central London. You’ll be amazed at their bespoke chocolate sculptures and gifts including hand-made chocolate eggs with fillings of praline and caramel.
3. Brussels, Belgium
When you’ve feasted your fill in London, hop on over to Brussels. British Airways has flights from Heathrow directly into the heart of Belgium. What awaits you in the capital city Brussels is a chocoholic’s dream. The city is renowned for its gourmet chocolate shops located along its charming cobbled streets. For chocolate connoisseurs, the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate offers a great opportunity to see how different chocolates are made and enjoy tasty samples throughout the experience.
4. Paris, France
Paris is home to many master chocolatiers making this an ideal place for travellers on the hunt for premium chocolates. Chocoholics will adore the neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where artisanal shops overflow with a vast selection of chocolate creations including truffles, pralines, chocolate-coated candied fruit or delicate macaroons.
When you’re done shopping, be sure to visit one of the many cafés and take a moment to experience a warm cup of chocolat chaud, the luxurious Parisian take on hot chocolate.
5. Geneva, Switzerland
Regarded as one of the country’s national treasures, Switzerland’s chocolate is known across the world for its high quality.
To taste traditional Swiss chocolates for yourself, visit the picturesque city of Geneva. Auer Chocolatier is one of the oldest confectionary shops dating back to 1939. Try their signature Amandes Princesses, perfectly roasted almonds coated in silky Swiss chocolate. Considered one of the finest Swiss Chocolate brands, family-owned
Another treat is Favarger’s guided chocolate factory tour. Considered one of the finest Swiss chocolate brands, you’ll be able to learn about the process of making hand-made chocolates from the cocoa bean through to the finished products. At the end of the tour, you’ll be given a tasty souvenir to take home.
Got a sudden chocolate craving now?
Malaysians can now fly to any of these sweet spots via London on British Airways’latest and most technologically-advanced Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which features the airline’s new First suites.
Flights from Kuala Lumpur arrive at the airline’s home at London Heathrow Terminal 5. British Airways customers can enjoy stress-free onward connections to cities in the UK and Europe from Heathrow.
And you don’t even have to wait till touchdown to dig in – British Airways offers a variety of chocolate on board in the Club Kitchen for Club World customers and in the snack boxes for World Traveller customers.
Customers travelling in British Airways First or Club World cabin can indulge in artisan chocolate from British brand, Hotel Chocolat and classic British brand Cadbury’s are stocked in the Club Kitchen for passengers that want a sweet treat mid-flight. British Airways High Life Store also has a selection of chocolates for customers to purchass during the flight including Charbonnel Et Walker Milk Sea Salt Caramel Truffles and Godiva Messages Tout Chocolat Confectionery.