If you’re a chocolate lover and a world traveler, then the world is your oyster. Or, more accurately, the world is your chocolate bar.
That’s because the world offers no shortage of chocolatey locales to visit, from Peru to Paris to Oaxaca. Here’s a look at just some of the best destinations for chocolate tourism.
There are several can’t-miss destinations for chocolate lovers in Barcelona, including chocolate schools and a huge range of cafes and confectionaries. But the real cream of the crop is the Museu de la Xocolata, a museum that recounts the history of chocolate’s entrée into Europe and provides a variety of delectable chocolate tastings.
Belgium has earned a reputation as a hotbed of gourmet chocolate products for a reason, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Brussels. The streets are lined with small shops selling all manner of chocolate confections, which you can scope out on your own or visit in a coordinated fashion via the city’s dedicated Chocolate Walking Tour. The tour includes stops (and free samples!) at some of the biggest names in Belgian chocolate, such as Godiva, Neuhaus, and Wittamer. The whole thing is capped off with a hands-on chocolate-making workshop.
Peru is known for producing some of the best chocolate in the world, so it’s worth visiting the country simply for the chance to see where all the magic happens. Lima makes it all accessible thanks to the ChocoMuseo, which helps chocolate lovers coordinate tours of cocoa plantations or participate in hands-on chocolate-making workshops throughout Peru. After a long day of plantation touring and chocolate making, you can settle in at the organization’s Lima café to enjoy all manner of chocolate goodies.
While the whole town of Oaxaca contains traces of chocolatey goodness, the real action is happening on Calle Francisco Javier Mina, otherwise known as Chocolate Street. The street is home to major Mexican chocolate brands and quaint family shops alike. What they all share in common is the delectable scent of thoughtfully crafted chocolate goodies wafting from their doorways.
Love and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it should come as no surprise that the City of Love is also a city of chocolate. Paris is packed with cafes and confectionaries boasting all kinds of chocolate confections, from delectable hot chocolate served with a side of house-made whipped cream to delicately crafted truffles. And then there’s Le Salon Du Chocolat, an annual exhibition featuring the world’s largest gathering of all things chocolate.
Bottom line? No matter where in the world you travel, a chocolatey paradise is unlikely to be far away.