CHOCOLATE CITY

by The Chocolate Dictionary

A city like Paris, Venice, Prague, Brussels, Bruges or Vienna, where the 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. Here it is still possible to see pralines waltzing in and out of your dreams.

Vienna, where sumptuous chocolates waltz in and out of your dreams. (image from: http://www.4.bp.blogspot.com)

In Paris, luminous city of culture and shrine of haute cuisine, the truffles, pralinés and ganaches still cast shadows of the Ancien Régime.

Debauve et Gallais in Paris, where the chocolates still cast shadows of the Ancien Régime. (image from: 13.stay.com)

In Brussels almost every street has its neighbourhood chocolatier. These are the embassies of style where staff are the ambassadors of taste. It was to cities like these that Charlotte, heroine of Enid Futterman’s Bittersweet Journey, travelled in search of love, sex and chocolate – though preferably all three together.

Truman Capote described Venice as like eating an entire box of liqueurs in one go, but what would he have made of the Belgian city of Bruges, 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 world capital of seduction or soft centre of Europe?

Bruges, the soft centre of the world. (image from: http://www.baldheretic.com)

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