If you love the dark and sweet stuff then mark Zurich on your next holiday list. Switzerland's heart of chocolate production boasts Lindt, Trenscher and Sprungli factories on its outskirts and when the winds blows off Lake Zurich in the winter the people who live nearby can smell the chocolate in the air. Perhaps this is really what makes the Swiss such happy people.
The city is overflowing with chocolate shops, from the small to the large. Here are some of our favourites...
Imagine enjoying freshly-made chocolates within 24 hours of production – this is the promise that Confiserie Sprüngli delivers to all its customers in Switzerland and around the globe. One of the world’s best Swiss chocolate producers, it uses only premium ingredients and not only. Cream, butter and milk are even sourced from Zurich. Whether you like it milk or dark, with or without hazelnut, truffles, pralines or indulge in chocolate bars, Confiserie Sprüngli’s fine creations are not to be missed.
Confiserie Sprüngli: Bahnhofstrasse 21 CH 8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 224 46 46, www.spruengli.ch
A 70-year-old family business where tradition and savoir-faire have been passed down through the generations, Confiserie Teuscher sources the best ingredients from around the world to create its products. Free of chemicals, additives or preservatives, the delicious truffles and chocolates are just part of the experience, as there are also biscuits, chocolate cakes and the Basler Leckerli, to name a few. Don’t miss their famous champagne truffles that come in different sizes and flavours, and the rosé version is simply to die for.
Confiserie Teuscher: Storchengasse 9 CH 8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 211 51 53, www.teuscher.com
The child whose passion for chocolate turned into a Swiss sensation, Max Chocolatier’s story is something to savour. Using ingredients rigorously chosen and ethically-sourced from different countries, it is no wonder that the sweets are so hard to resist. Outstanding quality, sophisticated taste and a wide variety of products also reflect the four seasons. In fact, you can choose between creations inspired by spring, summer, autumn and winter: dragées, truffles, choco fruits or bars, hot chocolate, pastries and beyond.
Max Chocolatier: Globus Zurich Bellevue Theaterstrasse 12 CH 8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)58 578 67 33, www.maxchocolatier.com
Honold Confiserie has been producing chocolate, cakes and pastries since 1905. Located next to Bahnhofstrasse a visit to their tearoom to try some treats should not be missed. Known for their interesting chocolate combinations with pralines nougats and cakes. They also run chocolate making workshops.
Confiserie Honold: Rennweg 53 8001 Zurich, www.honold.ch
Those looking for the ultimate chocolate experience in Zurich should take a tour with Sweet Zurich tour. Run by New Yorker Kerrin Rousset this tour includes the lesser known chocolate spots, as well as education on history, production, different types of chocolate and new trends (with, of course, ample tasting opportunities!)