LifeinAmsterdam: Best chocolate shops in Amsterdam
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Kira Nijenhuis's selection of top chocolatiers in the city, sampling Amsterdam's array of hand made and luxurious chocolates.
Be aware, don't trip over colourfully wrapped chocolate eggs. Easter bunnies have arrived in town and left their trail all over supermarkets and department stores.
If you're lucky, the bunnies first paid a visit to one of the chocolatiers below before hopping onto your (roof) terrace. The chocolates are a pure bliss and an excellent treat to spoil yourself and your loved ones!
The youngest chocolate boutique in Amsterdam carries the name of Vanderdonk. This specialty shop is the life-long dream of two brothers, Marcel and Pimm. Marcel has learned the art of chocolate from their grandmother. Besides home-made products, they also sell Europe's finest chocolate brands, such as (royal) Prestat from the UK, Summerbird from Denmark and Bonnat from France. On Saturdays freshly made chocolate truffles are sold.
Vanderdonk, Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 72, Amsterdam.
The name stands true for this excellent chocolatier. All pralines, truffles and bonbons are home-made with the best of ingredients. From daring Tamarind Sambal, Grappa Poli bonbons to passion fruit truffles – they make it all!
Unlimited Delicious, Haarlemmerstraat 122, Amsterdam
Puccini Bomboni, Staalstraat 17 and Singel 184, Amsterdam
Huize van Wely
Huize van Wely, Beethovenstraat 72 and Gelderlandplein 173
Artichoc is worth visiting even just to check out the chocolate art in the window still. Artichoc is by far the most down-to-earth chocolatier of this list. Besides 44 different kinds of bonbons, the shop sells great chocolate (seasonal) gifts, such as chocolates in the shape of Delft Blue Clogs.
Artichoc, Koninginneweg 141, Amsterdam
Luxury British chocolatier and cocoa grower, Hotel Chocolate, opened its doors in June 2012. Like the new Bar Oldenhof, Hotel Chocolat also offers people to ‘escape' from their busy lives. Hotel Chocolat does so with high quality, splendidly presented chocolates. Already when opening the box, you forget about the ugly side of life. Then, when tasting the chocolate, your mind brings you to a bounty island. Quite like quality wines, the finish of the chocolates are long and luscious.
What to expect:
|Founder of Hotel Chocolat, Angus Thirlwell, and me with a The Purist 90% dark, organic Hacienda iara bar from Ecuador
- A chocolate boutique, not an ordinary shop.
- Affordable chocolates in all shapes and flavours, allowing you to find your perfect treat.
- The Purist Selection – a selection of pure chocolate bars made of up to 100 percent cocoa from of the planet's most sought-after cocoa beans.
- Seasonal chocolates, such as the Taste of Summer collection and chocolates to chill.
- Chocolates gift-wrapped like true jewellery.
- The largest chunk of chocolate ‘giant slabs', which Hotel Chocolat is renowned for.
Good to know
- Hotel Chocolat owns their own cacao plantation – Rabot Estate in Saint Lucia.
- Only in 2011 did they open a real hotel in the grounds of Rabot Estate on Saint Lucia.
- Hotel Chocolat creates and makes their own chocolates in Cambridgeshire.
Hotel Chocolat, Heiligeweg 7, Amsterdam Centre. Open daily during regular shopping hours.
Kira Nijenhuis / Expatica
Kira Nijenhuis blogged about her Amsterdam discoveries on LifeinAmsterdam.com before moving to Belgium. She explores the city's beautiful and authentic side, from cool cocktails and luscious lunch places to century old bars and true local things to do.
Thumbnail credit: Huize van Wely
Comment here on the article, or if you have a suggestion to improve this article, please click here.