6 of Edinburgh’s Best Shops for Chocolate Lovers
Is there anything more indulgent than treating yourself to a decadent bar of your favourite chocolate? Or perhaps you prefer your chocolate in the form of a scoop of rich ice cream or maybe as a warm chocolate sauce drizzled over a hot waffle… Just thinking about that first bite has got our mouths watering! One thing we definitely can’t get enough of is chocolate. Edinburgh is home to some fantastic chocolate producers, all with their own unique specialties, so we decided to make a list of our favourites.
Due to current restrictions many of these shops are closed however, thanks to the wonders of technology, you can order online and enjoy these treats at home. Be sure to have a look at their websites and you might have enough time to get an order in before Easter.
1. Coco Chocolatier
- Website: https://cocochocolatier.com
- Speciality: Small batch Columbian chocolate
A much loved small batch chocolatier in Edinburgh, Coco, bring single origin chocolate from Colombia to the shores of Scotland. They have a wide range of chocolatey treats to choose from, collaborating with artists to present their chocolate in beautiful collections. We are most excited by their recent news of a move to South Queensferry, opening a large visitor centre later this year where they will offer guided tours, tastings and of course the opportunity to buy lots of chocolate.
2. Coro – The Chocolate Cafe
- Where: 13 Frederick Street
- Website: www.corochocolate.co.uk
- Specialty: Desserts
At Coro, you can have your cake and eat chocolate, too. Their menu is filled to the brim with crepes, waffles, pancakes and chocolate fondue, all with what seems like an endless choice of toppings and combinations. From warm pancakes to fresh fruit, they pour chocolate on everything. And if that’s just not enough, you can wash it all down with a uniquely flavoured hot chocolate, like black pepper dark or mint white. Coro is the ultimate destination for dessert lovers!
3. Edward & Irwyn
- Where: 21 Morningside Drive
- Website: www.edwardandirwyn.co.uk
- Specialty: Artisan chocolate with unusual flavour combinations
For those looking for a refined chocolate experience, look no further than Edward & Irwyn. This exclusive artisan chocolate shop is only open to customers a few hours a week and it’s not your average place. The French-trained chocolatiers behind the brand are always looking for new ways to push the boundaries of chocolate making and spend most of their time experimenting in the kitchen. They have been known to combine everything from flowers to herbs resulting in some deliciously weird and wonderful flavours. They may just change your perspective on chocolate forever.
4. Quirky Chocolate
- Website: https://quirkychocolate.com
- Speciality: Small batch Belgium chocolate
Designer chocolate? It all began in Edinburgh in 2008 when founder, Sandra Colamartino, created personalised chocolate bars in her small workshop. Quirky Chocolate have now grown into a small independent business creating delicious chocolate with quirky, witty and beautiful designs. Working with local artists, who receive royalties for every chocolate sold featuring their work, Sandra has married chocolate and design to create something fun and quirky indeed.
5. Harvest Garden Chocolatier & Florist
- Where: 58-60 Morningside Road
- Website: www.flowersbuydelivery.co.uk
- Specialty: Chocolate gifts and flowers
This family-run business has been going strong in Morningside since 1983 and claim to be the first chocolate and flower combination shop in the UK. They’re specialists in both fresh-cut flowers and artisan chocolates as well being the only Edinburgh stockists of many popular German sweets like Niederegger marsipan. You can even customise your own box of chocolates, choosing from an impressive selection in their five-metre long chocolate counter. They also offer UK-wide delivery on their website. Harvest Garden is the ultimate destination in Edinburgh for finding the perfect chocolate-combo gift.
6. Mary’s Milk Bar
- Where: Grassmarket
- Website: www.marysmilkbar.com
- Specialty: Fresh ice cream made daily
Perhaps the most “Instagram famous” on our list; Mary’s Milk Bar has been serving up incredible homemade ice cream and chocolate in the Grassmarket since 2013. Mary herself trained in Italy and is serious about her chocolate. The Milk Bar’s motto is freshness and they pride themselves on their daily changing menu, having lost count over the hundreds of flavours they’ve made over the years. Try one of their famous shakes or a gelato-of-the-day with thick homemade chocolate sauce poured on top when the shop is open, but in the meantime you can get your chocolate fix with their online store offering some creatively flavoured chocolates.
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