These London chocolate shops are the crème de la crème.
Step into a world of chocolate-covered warmth with a visit to these 10 sensational London chocolate shops. There’s absolutely no doubt that they are good enough to rival Willy Wonka himself. Just try not to let your greed get the better of you, or you may end up like young Augustus Gloop…
1. Artisan du Chocolat, Chelsea, Selfridges and Borough Market
Whether you’re after chocolate truffles, chocolate bars or chocolate covered nuts, Artisan du Chocolat is the place to be. They specialise in gorgeous packaging and inventive flavours, such as red wine dark chocolate and ginger and lemongrass milk chocolate. Be sure to arrive with an empty stomach as there is absolutely no doubt that you’ll want to devour pretty much everything in sight.
Paul A. Young has branded himself an ‘incredibly creative flavour alchemist’ and you’ll soon see why. His chocolate creations are nothing short of magical and you can try them for yourself in Camden or Soho. If you’re feeling adventurous try the Marmite-flavoured Madagascan chocolate or beer-infused truffles – they are surprisingly tasty!
3. Melt, Notting Hill, Holland Park, Chelsea and Selfridges
Melt has four luxury chocolate boutiques across London and it’s not at all that surprising that they’ve done so well for themselves. With dozens of chocolate goodies on offer, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Fortunately, their kitchens are located inside their shops, so you can actually watch your chocolate being made right in front of you. This front row seat will also grant you the opportunity to chat to the talented chefs about their fabulous flavours.
4. SAID, Soho and Fitzrovia
This Italian chocolate shop made its debut in Soho over six years ago and quickly gained a cult following. You can select chocolate truffles from jars, order a Nutella pizza to go or sit in for a ridiculously indulgent hot chocolate. Better yet, treat yourself to one of each, you deserve it.
5. Philip Neal, Chiswick
This one’s perfect if your love of chocolate matches your love of shoes – high heels to be specific. Philip Neal’s chocolate shoe collection sets him five (or-so) inches above the rest. If stilettos aren’t your forte, their mouthwatering chocolate also comes in the form of copper Buddhas and theatrical masks! Each to their own, I guess.
6. Dark Sugars, Shoreditch
This charming East London dessert shop offers a range of gourmet chocolates, truffles and vegan treats. Expect an overwhelming selection of confectionary with some of the most unique flavour combinations out there. Passionfruit-infused chocolate and gin and lime truffle are just a couple of their wonderful creations. They also make the best (and most Instagrammable) hot chocolates.
7. Rococo, several branches
Enter a world of pure imagination at any of Rococo’s five branches dotted across London. You’d think a shop offering handmade chocolates and luxury gifts would know a thing or two about indulgence, and you’d be correct. Pretty much every kind of chocolate can be found here, from Cherry Bakewell gourmet fudge and praline ‘quail eggs’ to mulled wine-infused chocolate bars. Mr Wonka eat your heart out! Find your nearest branch here.
8. Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, King’s Cross
Luckily, you won’t have to leave the country to try some of the best Parisian chocolate out there. Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross is where you’ll find this fabulous boutique by world-renowned chef, Alain Ducasse. Ganache, truffles, pralines, chocolate bars, candied fruit and fondants can be found here, you name it – Ducasse sells it. C’est Magnifique!
9. Montezuma’s, several branches
Montezuma’s is to chocolate as Ikea is to furniture – they have it all. And the best part is that all their ingredients are ethically sourced, so you can enjoy these delicious bites guilt-free. Whether you prefer your chocolate in truffle, button or bar form, they’ve got you covered. Try their Absolute Black range for an array of sweet and surprising flavours, or if you’re feeling creative, you can personalise your very own bar of chocolate. Find your nearest branch here.
10. Pierre Marcolini, Marylebone
Pierre Marcolini is a chocolate God, connoisseur and expert all rolled into one. This Belgian chocolatier has shops all over the world including Kuwait, Tokyo and thankfully, London. They offer classic chocolates, delicious macaroons, homemade jams and the finest eclairs in store. You’ll also come across their elegant delicacies in Harrods and Selfridges. If only life was like this box of chocolates…