World’s Best Chocolate Cities
Its that time of year again. February is here and love is in the air. For a lot of us Valentine’s Day brings to mind one thing, chocolate. For those of you thinking of taking your sweetheart away this year for a romantic getaway you may be considering a destination where you can sample some sweet chocolatey confections. The question is, where are the world’s top chocolate destinations to impress your love this Valentine’s Day?
San Francisco, CA
First stop on our world chocolate tasting tour is sunny California. Most people think of San Francisco as being famous for great sea food, trolley cars and wine country. Many forget that San Francisco is also home to the world famous Ghirardelli Square which is where you’ll find the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Here you can sample some of the company’s world famous chocolates and the equally delectable ice cream creations. If you are a foodie and are looking for a less commercial chocolate experience, don’t worry there are plenty of options for you too. For a sampling of chocolate from some of the area’s smaller local chocolatiers you can take advantage of one of the many top notch chocolate tasting tours.
What Valentine’s Day destination list would be complete without the City of L’amour? Paris, France makes you think of fashion, culture, great wine and food and of course romance. Paris is also home to some of the world’s finest chocolate. The french have a passion for life and this city loves its sweets. If you want to sample some of the local chocolate a good start would be taking a walking chocolate tour. These are great because a tour guide can take you to some of the places you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered on your quest for world-class, mind-blowing chocolate.
For chocolate that will knock your socks off look no further than across the pond to London, UK. London is most well known for the royal family, fish ’n chips and of course fabulous pubs. What you may not think of is chocolate but London has some of the tastiest chocolate in the world. With tons of chocolate tours offered by experienced such as Chocolate Ecstasy Tours to choose from, you can discover the sweeter side of this great city. You and your special someone will have a great time discovering some of the amazing chocolate shops around London. You can go grab a pint of ale and some fish ’n chips afterward.
We can’t very well talk about chocolate without talking about Switzerland, can we? Zurich is home to countless chocolatiers including one of my personal favorites, Lindt & Sprungli. Although you can’t tour the factory you can certainly visit and purchase the yummy treats at the factory outlet shop. If an authentic swiss chocolate experience is what you are after then look no further than the Sweet Zurich Tour where you can learn all about Swiss chocolates and desserts and visit some of the "sweet spots" that are off the beaten path.
Last on our list is Madrid, Spain. Although Spain is usually associated with wine, olive oil, cheeses and tapas, this lovely city is also a beacon for the chocolate lover. Think warm churros dipped in melted chocolate fondue-style. The Spanish take their chocolate seriously and so will you. If you want to discover some the unknown, and well-known, chocolatiers and bakeries in Madrid here’s a great Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Madrid to find out where to stop to get your chocolate fix. Enjoy!
Other Vacation Tips and Ideas
Valentine’s Day only comes once a year so why not make the best of it and do something unexpected and unique for your loved one to show them how much you care. With so many traditional ways to celebrate the holiday each year, why not make this year one that they will always remember with some ideas that are a bit out of the norm.
Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with creative ideas to make the day special for your significant other. Maybe you’re tired of the same old candy hearts and cards and want to do something new this year or maybe it’s your first Valentine’s Day with a new love interest. Either way sometimes breaking out of the mold can be difficult. Here are some ideas that can help inspire your inner romantic.