Chocoholics, now is not the time to resist your sweet tooth.
he question isn't “Do I like chocolate?” but rather “Which chocolate do I like the best?” As a favor to my fellow chocoholics, I've compiled a list of the most decadent confectionary meccas Berlin has to offer.
Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers am
Gendarmenmarkt (p. 27), home to what is reputedly the longest praline counter in the world, features truffles, miniature chocolate tarts, and every other variety imaginable. The in-house café also serves divine hot chocolates, iced chocolates, and even chocolate fondue. If you’re able to resist devouring them yourself, you can take home some decadent Berlin souvenirs for friends or simply admire the famous confectionary sculptures, such as the 2.5m- (8ft-) long Brandenburg Gate made from 300kg (661lb) worth of dark chocolate.
You don’t have to travel far for your next chocolate fix. Ritter Sport Bunte
SchokoWelt (p. 27), on the other side of the Gendarmenmarkt square, is the flagship store of Germany’s beloved chocolate brand, Ritter Sport. Inside, you’ll find the full Ritter range, including my favorites, candied almond and hazelnut cookies, or create your own flavor combination at the Ritter Sport counter, where kids especially will enjoy the opportunity to mix gummy bears, marshmallows, and Smarties all in one
mouthful. While your creation is solidifying, check out the chocolate history museum or indulge in some liquid chocolate at the upstairs café.
At Winterfeldt Schokoladen (p. 27), an old chemist's table greets customers before they encounter an abundance of international chocolates, some in exotic and creative combinations with stylish packaging that makes them perfect for gifts. The store also specializes in organic and fair-trade varieties and offers its own range, which can be bought by the chunk in flavors such as sour cherry, ginger, or violet.
"Take home some decadent Berlin souvenirs for friends or simply admire the famous confectionary sculptures."