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- Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010
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Chocolate... the word itself can be enough to make many people’s mouth water! Delicious chocolate is something that can be found almost everywhere in the world in all shapes, forms and types. Many cities, towns or even villages will have a quaint little chocolate shop or two specialising in delicious chocolate! There are also many countries and regions dotted throughout the world that are renowned for the role they play in the production of some of the best chocolate in the world. So, this got us all here at Hostels.com thinking about where would be the perfect place for a chocoholic to visit! Where could chocolate lovers of the world go on a trip? What chocolate cities could they visit where they could combine their love of travel along with tasting some of the world’s best chocolate? Well, if you think you would enjoy a holiday like this then keep reading for a pick of some of the best chocolate places around!
Chocolate in Berlin, Germany
A visit to Berlin for any tourist is a treat in itself, but for a chocoholic it will be packed full of chocolate treats. Berlin is the perfect place for chocolate travel as it is full of little chocolate shops, chocolate cafes and even chocolate making courses for children. In the city centre alone you can find three of the most iconic names in German confectionary that have been family-run throughout the years. Stepping into these shops is like stepping into heaven for chocolate lovers. You can sample some of the finest Berlin chocolate and stock up on it for the flight home! You’ll probably need a lie down after the excitement of all that chocolate so make sure you book your cheap hostel here! And believe it or not there's lots more to do and see in Berlin so check out our Berlin City Guide here for tips and advice!
Chocolate in Hanoi, Vietnam
When a chocoholic visits Hanoi they don’t go for the beautiful scenery and a taste of where exotic old Asia meets new modern Asia. No, the only taste these chocoholic visitors want is chocolate and they know exactly where to get it. First stop - the Sofitel Metropole’s Chocolate Buffet. Yes, that’s right, we said Chocolate Buffet! This is every chocolate lover’s paradise and really is the ultimate chocolate place in Hanoi! This chocolate paradise costs about $12 for an all you can eat buffet of all things chocolate such as chocolate fountains, chocolate cakes and cookies, and well, chocolate everything! Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate... if it’s chocolate then you will find it at this chocolate buffet. And you can get another great bargain by booking your chocolate... sorry we mean cheap hostel with us!
Chocolate in Oaxaca, Mexico
Mexico is where cocoa was discovered, and Oaxaca is one of many chocolate places where you can still sample chocolate as it was originally prepared by many of the Mesoamerican cultures there. In fact if you want to visit the centre of chocolate production in Mexico then a trip to Oaxaca is a must. The history of Oaxaca chocolate goes back for centuries, and the residents of this region consume significantly more chocolate than other people in Mexico. They include delicious Oaxaca chocolate in many dishes both sweet and savoury. And in Mexico, the traditional way to consume chocolate was in a hot drink with spices. This has been adapted to become what we know and love as hot chocolate today. So get booking your cheap hostel in Oaxaca for your chocolate travel to find out all about the history of Mexican chocolate and sample some world famous Oaxaca chocolate.
Chocolate in Bariloche, Argentina
Chocolate that is made in Bariloche is apparently unlike any other chocolate in the world. Bariloche chocolate is renowned worldwide and is a huge draw for many tourists and chocolate lovers to the region. This handmade chocolate has a distinct flavour and is sold in grams. No trip to this Patagonian region is complete without bringing home some Bariloche chocolate. Bariloche is full of beautiful chocolate shops that tempt you in with their colourful windows displaying all shapes and sizes of their delicious chocolate.
Chocolate in Cologne, Germany
Back to Germany again but this time it’s to Cologne where you can find an entire museum dedicated to chocolate! The Cologne Chocolate Museum or Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum is one of the city’s most famous museums and as soon as you walk in the door you are greeted with a chocolate aroma that gets better with each step. This is a large and modern museum in what many refer to as the chocolate capital of Germany. The Cologne Chocolate Museum originally started as a temporary exhibit but now welcomes over 5 million visitors a year. The museum offers an interactive experience as it takes you through the history of chocolate and offers chocolate making workshops too so you can leave with some chocolate gifts! After all that chocolate make sure you explore all that this beautiful German city has to offer and check out our Cologne City Guide here for all you need to know!
Chocolate in Belgium
Belgium is a country whose name goes hand in hand with chocolate and is a must for the ultimate chocolate travel. Belgian chocolate is recognised worldwide as one of the most delicious chocolates around and chocolate has been part of Belgium’s culture for years. There are a wide range of chocolate makers around Belgium all with their own traditional recipes that make up Belgian chocolate with many specilaising in handmade chocolate. You can also find a chocolate museum in Brussels where you can learn all about the chocolate making process. Every town in Belgium will boast a chocolate shop of some sorts so there's no excuse for not picking up a chocolate gift or two! And there’s even a chocolate festival in Bruges that is a must for chocoholics.
Chocolate in Turin, Italy
Turin is the birthplace of solid chocolate. More than 300 years ago chocolate was only available as a hot beverage, but thanks to chocolatiers in Turin, chocolate in the solid form we know and love today was born. Turin draws many chocolate lovers from all over the world, particularly for its annual chocolate festival or ‘CioccolaTo’ where over 66,000 pounds of chocolate is eaten... a chocolate lovers paradise! Turin is also famous for its Gianduia chocolates which are exported from Italy all over the world. Chocolate is big business in Turin so expect to find chocolatiers of all sizes all over the city.
Chocolate in Switzerland
Switzerland has long been famous for the amazing chocolate it produces as it is home to some of the world’s most respected and popular chocolatiers. Switzerland is the home of milk chocolate and it is made to the highest of standards. For your chocolate travel to Switzerland you can visit some of the country’s top milk chocolate producers as well as stopping off it some quaint and colourful chocolate shops.
By: Tracy Lynch