5 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!
This month we’ve been sharing things we love and 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.
1. Chocolate Tree
- Where: 123 Bruntsfield Place
- Specialty: Small-batch chocolate from bean to bar
Sustainably sourced cacao and locally produced ingredients make up the Chocolate Tree’s award-winning chocolate bars, artisan truffles and ice creams. They’re an Edinburgh institution and the only place in the capital that make small-batch chocolate straight from bean to bar. At their popular café in Bruntsfield is choc-a-block with unique and inventive flavours like rose and vanilla hot chocolate, their signature Haggis Spice chocolate bars or Cranachan truffles. You can even make an appointment for an exclusive guided tasting, where you’ll learn about real craft-chocolate making and sample some of their finest products.
2. Coro – The Chocolate Cafe
- Where: 13 Frederick Street
- 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
- 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. Harvest Garden Chocolatier & Florist
- Where: 58-60 Morningside Road
- 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 for finding the perfect chocolate-combo gift.
5. Mary’s Milk Bar
Photo: Mary’s Milk Bar
- Where: Grassmarket
- 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. Perfection.
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