If you are a chocolate lover who loves to travel, then Europe is the place to be, offering plenty of places to visit and indulge. Not sure where to start? British Airways created a list of places in the UK, Belgium, France and Switzerland for travellers with a sweet tooth.
1. Birmingham, United Kingdom
This is where the renowned Cadbury’s World can be found in a couple of hours by taking a train ride from London Euston. Visitors can learn about the UK’s iconic confectionary brand and be exposed to the history of chocolate making through the different zones of the visitor centre.
2. London, United Kingdom
If you are searching for treats in London, look up Paul A Young, Britain’s best chocolatier serving rich truffles and brownies in his boutique shop in Soho. For chocolate-themed fun, grab tickets to witness the award-winning Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical at the famous Theatre Royal Dury Lane in Covent Garden. Or head down to luxury hotel One Aldwych for a special Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired afternoon tea consisting of chocolate caramel milk, homemade candy floss and cocoa bean financier.
Chocoholics will find Choccywoccydoodah an ultimate treat! 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 producing bespoke chocolate sculptures and gifts made of hand-made chocolate eggs with praline and caramel fillings.
3. Brussels, Belgium
Take a flight with British Airways from London Heathrow directly into the heart of Belgium, a city renowned for its gourmet chocolate shops situated along its cobbled streets. Chocolate connoisseurs should pay the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate a visit to witness how different chocolates are made and enjoy tasty samples throughout the experience.
4. Paris, France
Paris is the ideal place for travellers searching for premium chocolates as it is the home to many master chocolatiers. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is famous for its artisanal shops offering a large array of chocolate creations including truffles, pralines, chocolate-coated candied fruit or delicate macaroons. Be sure to visit one of the many cafés to experience a luxurious Parisian chocolate chaid (hot chocolate drink).
5. Geneva, Switzerland
Switzerland’s chocolate is not to be missed as it is regarded as one of the country’s national treasures and known across the world for its high quality. Geneva is a picturesque place to visit and savour traditional Swiss Chocolates. One should drop by Auer, one of the oldest confectionary shops dating back to 1939 for its signature Amandes Princesses – roasted almonds covered in chocolate. Do not miss the family-owned Favarger’s guided factory tour, which is considered to be one of the finest Swiss Chocolate brands. Visitors get to learn about the process of making hand-made chocolates from the cocoa beans through to the final products before being presented a tasty souvenir to take home.
Malaysians can now fly to any of the sweet sports mentioned via London on British Airways. For booking and more information, visit ba.com