If you’re planning some chocolate indulgence on your next trip overseas, here are some of the great chocolate capitals of the world.
Here are British Airways' top five suggestions for the sweet-toothed traveller:
1. Birmingham, United Kingdom
The renowned Cadbury World is located in Birmingham. This chocolate centre can be reached by train from London Euston in a couple of hours. Visitors going through the different zones of the visitor centre can learn about the UK’s iconic confectionery brand and the history of chocolate making.
2. London, United Kingdom
For those looking for treats available in London, Paul A Young has been named as Britain’s best chocolatier, serving rich truffles and brownies in his boutique shop located in Soho.
The luxury hotel One Aldwych, offers a special Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired afternoon tea, including chocolate caramel milk, homemade candy floss and cocoa bean financier.
For chocoholics, Choccywoccydoodah is the ultimate treat. It is an art and design focused chocolatier based in the trendy coastal city of Brighton and the quirky area of Soho in central London. It specialises in creating bespoke chocolate sculptures and gifts including hand-made chocolate eggs with fillings of praline and caramel.
3. Brussels, Belgium
British Airways has flights from London Heathrow directly to the heart of Belgium. The capital city Brussels, is renowned for its gourmet chocolate shops located along the quaint 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.
In particular Saint-Germain-des-Prés is known for its artisanal shops serving a vast selection of chocolate creations including truffles, pralines, chocolate-coated candied fruit or delicate macarons. Visit one of the many cafés and take a moment to experience a luxurious Parisian chocolat chaud (hot drinking chocolate).
5. Geneva, Switzerland
Regarded as one of the country’s national treasures, Switzerland’s chocolate is known around the world for its high quality. The city of Geneva is a picturesque place to visit and taste traditional Swiss chocolates.
Auer is one of the oldest confectionary shops, dating back to 1939 - try its signature Amandes Princesses, which are roasted almonds covered in chocolate.