Chocolate is more than its clichéd “it’s better than sex” and “it’s that time of the month” legacies. Chocolate dates back to the Aztecs who believed that cacao seeds literally came from the Gods – or to be more precise – Quetzalcoatl who happens to be the God of wisdom. Furthermore, they were used as a currency because of their sheer value. The lesson here is that chocolate not only has a fascinating history, but is also an appropriate bribing tool and is literally a gift from God (a very smart God). Amen. Here’s a nod to Quetzalcoatl and a chocolate loving capital, with our NINE sweetest chocolate shops in London.
Maison Pierre Marcolini prides himself on supporting his International chocolate producers and nurturing the entire process fiercely. A little pricey, (£5 for an Éclair) but it’s worth a ‘special occasion’ visit and lives up to its ‘Haute Chocolaterie’ title.
37 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4EQ London
It’s all about discovery at Hotel Chocolat cafés. We love their reimagining of popular savoury dishes to include chocolate. If you’ve ever wanted to try a benedict salad with white chilli chocolate hollandaise, come to Hotel Chocolat.
4 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9HB
SAID originates from Rome, where it’s now the oldest chocolate factory in the city. It moved to London in 2013 but remains classically Italian; enjoy a hot chocolate with romantic lighting and roaring fires inside their boutique.
41 Broadwick St, Carnaby, London W1F 9QL
Paul A Young Fine Chocolates
Paul Young uses fresh ingredients and innovative flavours which has turned him into a true chocolate artisan. Be sure to check out their events too. The next one is on April 20th and involves sea salted caramel. We’re in.
33 Camden Passage, London N1 8EA
Fortnum & Mason
Not content with just providing eye-watering décor, all items of luxury and supplying tea to the Queen, Fortnum & Mason also puts itself on our chocolate hit-list. As expected, they not only taste so good but look like art too.
181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER
The sweet smell of chocolate hits your nasal passageways as soon as you enter the intimate ‘Melt’. Their hot chocolates are as smooth and inviting as the shop name itself, and we’d also suggest checking out their popular chocolate making courses too.
59 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AA
We’re recommending Godiva for their world-famous chocolate covered strawberries and also their heavenly ice creams and truffles. The Harrods concession has the best selection in our humble (chocolaty) opinion.
87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL
These guys do amazing truffles and also sugar-free, low calorie chocolates recommended for diabetics. As well as taking care of all their customers, L’appetit Fou regularly take chocolate to care homes and schools in their area too.
4 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, London W4 1QP
This dainty little shop in Brixton uses ethically sourced, natural ingredients and also caters to vegans using raw Peruvian cacao, coconut cream and agave nectar for sweetness. Their philosophy is based in chocolates sacredness and they ‘want to celebrate what was once used in offerings to Gods’. Hallelujah.
Granville Arcade, 9, Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8PR
Written by Nikki