The world’s best chocolate cafés and barsWe hand-pick 8 of our favourite cafés for a truly decadent chocolate fix. With National Chocolate Week in full swing in the UK, it seems only appropriate that we sniff out the best chocolate-themed cafés around the world to help our readers celebrate the occasion, wherever you may happen to live. With so many indulgent sweet spots on the map – from quirky independents to world-renowned chocolatiers – we’ve managed to hand-pick 8 of our favourite cafés for a truly decadent chocolate fix.
You probably think it is strange to find a chocolate café in a sweltering location like Dubai. But this city is a not just a melting pot of culture and business, but now chocolate too. Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar – which first opened its doors in New York in 2002 – has since expanded to the Middle East and is going down a treat with the locals in Dubai, including UAE Prime Minister and Vice-President and Ruler of Dubai, who is a regular here. Touted as “the candy store for grown-ups”, Chocolate Bar is renowned for its retro-themed confectionery, including its wacky graffiti-packaged chocolate bars as well as its unusual blend of chocolate flavours, from caramel apple and raspberry jam to key lime pie and salty pretzel. This year, Dubai’s ruler launched the world’s first camel milk chocolate – ‘Al Nassma’ – produced from, you guessed it – camel milk. We wonder how long it will take for a camel milk chocolate specialist café to appear in a Dubai Mall?
PM seal of approval: UAE Prime Minister and Vice-President, and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is a regular at Chocolate Bar, Dubai Mall.