The Best Chocolate Shops
If it’s decedent, melts in the mouth and tastes like a little piece of heaven that can mean only one thing: Chocolate. London is home to some of the best high class chocolatiers in the country, from Cocomaya in Paddington to Paul A. Young in Islington, whatever area of London you are in you are never more than a few streets away from a Cocoa coma of your own making.
Cocomaya
12 Connaught Street, Mayfair, London, W2 2AF
Founded by Joel Bernstein (previously head of concept at Liberty) and Walid al Damirji (former accessories and fashion consultant) Cocomaya is, unsurprisingly, home not just to an array of mouthwateringly tasty chocolates, pastries, and all manor of handmade goodies, but the decor is so pretty and the china so beautifully delicate, that every sense you possess will tingle with delight. Cocomaya have a gorgeous selection of chocolates including their "around the world" chocolate bars. Flavours include, New York sea salt pretzel, Toronto cranberry and blueberries, and Amsterdam liquorice and hemp. As a chocoholic you have four stores to choose from, Connaught Street, Porchester Place, Brompton Road, and Pavilion Road. If you pay a visit to one (or perhaps all four!) be sure to try a cup of hot chocolate, it is the very definition of decadence. Yum.
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Prestat
14 Princes Arcade, London, SW1Y 6DS
With it's magical almost 'wonderland' like interior and tantalisingly extensive range of handcrafted chocolates, Prestat should be high on any chocoholics list of places to visit. Founded in 1902 by chocolatier Antoine Dufour, Prestat has over 100 years of chocolate making experience. It's little wonder that this beautiful shop attracts Royalty as well as famous names from the stage and screen. Roald Dahl - the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - would frequent this shop; Prestat truffles were one of his favourites. If you're after a bit of fun as well as a spot of indulgence this is the place to come. Once you've enjoyed your delicious chocolates you're left with a beautiful Prestat box, pretty enough to adorn any surface.
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Rococo Chocolates
5 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8JU
Rococo opened its doors in 1983, founded by Chantel Coady. 30 years on Rococo chocolates now boasts three shops, three books, and an ever-growing list of awards. Rococo ensure that all their ingredients are sourced fairly including their cocoa beans. Teaming up with the Grenada Chocolate Company, Rococo acquired a small plot of land and created their own cocoa bean farm called Grococo. 100% of the beans harvested from Grococo are used in the Rococo organic house blend. You can find Rococo chocolates in Kings Road, Marylebone High Street, and Motcomb Street. Each shop is beautifully decorated with their distinctive blue and white packaging lining the shelves. In 2008 Rococo won an award for 'Changing the way people think about chocolate'. Why not visit and see if they can open your eyes to a new perspective on chocolate?
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Pierre Herme Paris
13 Lowndes Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9EL
Pierre Herme Paris have eight boutiques in Tokyo, one in Osaka, nine in Paris, one in Strasbourg and two in London. Each boutique offers a wide selection of chocolates, pastries and macaroons. Pierre Herme was once described by Vogue as "the Picasso of pastry" so it will come as no surprise that chocolate and macaroon enthusiasts from all over the world make a pilgrimage to his boutiques to taste his wares. With a myriad of macaroons in every colour and flavour imaginable, as well as their broad selection of chocolates, your biggest challenge will be deciding which one to try first.
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Charbonnel et Walker
One The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4BT
Endorsed by the Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturers to Her Majesty the Queen, Charbonnel et Walker was founded in 1875, originally as a partnership between Mme Charbonnel, from the Maison Chocolate House in Paris, and Mrs Minnie Walker. This gloriously historic shop can be found in The Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street. Perhaps best known for their pink Marc de Champagne Truffles and world renowned English rose and violet creams, Charbonnel et Walker provide a beautifully presented and seemingly endless choice of handmade chocolates. With it's wonderful history, royal connections and elegant setting, any chocoholic worth their weight in champagne truffles should venture to visit.
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Artisan du Chocolat
89 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1W 8DA
Gerard Coleman the founder of Artisan du Chocolate opened his first shop in Chelsea in 2001 after training first as a Chef and a pastry Chef, and at the age of 25 as a chocolatier in Belgium. Artisan du Chocolate strive to "create luxury through individuality, innovation, and exceptional craftsmanship". A must try chocolate has to be their best selling liquid salted caramel, or perhaps more realistically for a chocoholic, the entire salted caramel range!
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Melt
59 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AA
Started in 2006 by Louise Nason with head chocolatier Chika Watanabe, Melt is a beautiful boutique nestled in the heart of Notting Hill. Once inside, the light clean interior only serves to emphasise the exquisite chocolates temptingly displayed within. Wooden trays and tongs are provided so you can select your own chocolates, making your shopping experience much more informal and enabling you to put together a tailor made selection without the pressure of having to make a quick decision from behind a glass counter. Melt has incorporated the kitchen into it's shop so not only can you see the chocolates being made, you become intoxicated by the glorious smells that emanate from a working chocolatiers kitchen. Visit Melt for a unique chocolate experience, a mouthwateringly delicious hot chocolate shot, and to feel just a little bit 'cool'.
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La Maison Du Chocolat
45-46 Piccadilly, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0DS
La Maison Du Chocolate have boutiques located in Paris, Cannes, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and London. With a store in Piccadilly and concessions within Harrods and Selfridges you can expect a selection of excitingly tasty chocolates. The first Maison du Chocolate shop was established in 1977 at 225 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Famous for their delicate ganaches, Maison du Chocolate continues to deliver classic, as well as innovative chocolates and pastries, all the while maintaining the level of quality chocolate experience and exquisite surroundings that customers have grown to expect from Maison du Chocolat.
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Harrods
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
Settled in the heart of this opulent and splendid building is perhaps one of the most frequented food halls in the country, and there proudly sitting amongst every consumable product imaginable are the chocolates! Harrods is home to not only its own exquisite range of chocolates but also houses several concessions, many of which are considered to be the best on offer. Literally surrounded by every kind of chocolate imaginable, from Harrods chocolatier chocolate dipped orangettes to their sumptuous hot chocolate, making a choice can seem some what daunting, but with a little help from one of the many smiley faces peering over from the glass counters you are guaranteed to leave with a little piece of chocolate luxury. Oh, and of course there’s the beautifully presented Harrods chocolate box, neatly deposited within a rather familiar looking green and gold bag!
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