by The Chocolate Dictionary
A city like Paris, Venice, Prague, Brussels, Bruges or Vienna, whose beautiful architecture and rich cultural heritage make it the perfect backdrop for the consumption of chocolates.
Vienna is famous for its Sacher Torte and fin de siècle cafés with velvet seating and sumptuous chandeliers. In this city it is still possible to have pralines waltzing in and out of one’s dreams.
In Paris, luminous city of culture and shrine of haute cuisine, the truffles, pralinés and ganaches still cast shadows of the Ancien Régime.
In Brussels almost every street has its neighbourhood chocolatier, embassies of style where the staff are ambassadors of taste. It was to cities such as these that Charlotte, heroine of Enid Futterman’s Bittersweet Journey, traveled in search of love, sex and chocolate, but preferably all three together.
While Truman Capote described Venice as like eating an entire box of liqueurs in one go, what would he have made of the medieval city of Bruges, in Belgium, which has nearly fifty chocolatiers for a population of only 120,000, including four branches of Leonidas, three of Moeder Babelutte, and one of the aptly named Princesse? Would he have ranked it as the soft centre of the world?