It’s that time of year again, when chocolate is acceptable for breakfast, lunch and dinner
We’ve pulled a list together with Expedia of the best chocolate experiences around the world, just in time for Easter!
1) Brunch: Dubai
The land and weather might be dry, but there’s one item that never ever runs dry in Dubai: the chocolate fountain. Brunch is an institution in many of the luxury hotels in the city and the chocolate fountain is a permanent fixture. At the Burj Al Arab’s Friday Brunch, there’s an overwhelming smorgasbord of seafood, sushi, cheese and of course dessert, but pride of place is the towering chocolate fountain. The Westin’s brunch is legendary for its children’s menu, which includes face painting, a petting zoo and, you guessed it, plenty of chocolate!
2) Morning Tea: Montreux-Gruyères-Broc, Switzerland
How does a chocolate-themed commute sound? Take the gorgeous 19th-century belle époque Pullman car that runs from Montreux to Broc and alight at a few very unique food destinations along the way. Starting on the Swiss Riviera, the first-class Swiss Chocolate Train chugs along mountain passes to the home of the country’s most famous cheese – Gruyère – before continuing on to the Cailler-Nestlé factory where you can see your favourite creations being made and indulge in a tasting session.
3) All out awesome: Bruges
This chocolate capital of Europe is almost overflowing with chocolate stores. Whether its chocolate spoons or to-scale chocolate models of whales, the chocolatiers try hard to outdo each other with their elaborate window displays. A must visit is The Chocolate Line, where you’ll find everything from avant-garde flavours like wasabi and lemon grass on the shelves to giant coco piranhas in the windows. Stop by Dumon for delicate truffles displayed in their own glass domes or head to Chocolaterie Sukerbuyc and savour the chocolate-shaped animals in all shapes and sizes.
4) The healthy mouthful: Sydney, Australia
If you have a sweet tooth but are trying to stay healthy this year, Sydney’s brand new Pana Chocolate store is the answer. Dairy free, gluten free, vegan, raw and organic treats are whipped up by these artisan chocolatiers who originally hail from Melbourne. The industrial chic store is located in Alexandria and is a regular for the health conscious Sydneysiders who pop in for their regular raw dessert fix.
5) Chocolate wrap: Central Pennsylvania, USA
It’s 3pm and you need a chocolate fix. But you’re trying to be good. Here’s the solution. The Spa At Hotel Hershey – home of American’s iconic brand of chocolate bar – is a three-story European-style spa. The treatment menu reads like a chocoholic’s dream. From the Whipped Cocoa Bath to the Chocolate Fondue Wrap, what’s not to love?
6) Dessert degustation: Singapore
Janice Wong is the celebrity chef behind Singapore’s famous 2am: dessertbar. Expect everything from fairy floss chandeliers to chocolate tables at this high end yet whimsical bar. Wong’s desserts are famous worldwide for their free form nature – the dessert and wine degustation will test your sweet tooth but is full of flavours like hand-picked yuzu and green tea all the way from Kyoto. Wong now sells chocolate paint, lollipops and even can be commissioned to create edible art for your walls if you’d like to take a piece of her work home with you.
7) Late night dips: Madrid, Spain
Get your late-night chocolate fix from one of Madrid’s many churrerías. The churros (waffle-like sticks of savoury fried dough) are served piping hot with pots of melted chocolate designed for dipping, until all hours of the early morning. Get your fix at Chocolateria Valor – a Spanish institution that’s been pumping out churros since 1881.
For more travel inspiration, check out the Expedia blog at http://blog.expedia.com.au/listopedia/.