Shopping for chocolate

by Tanja
Chocolate shop in Amsterdam

Do you love chocolate? Amsterdam will fulfill your chocolate dreams. In Amsterdam, there’s a wide variety of wonderfully delicious chocolate shops, there are tasting sessions, you can go on a chocolate consult and you can even make your own bonbons at one of Amsterdam’s chocolate workshops.

Here’s a list of 5 chocolate shops and a place where you can make your own chocolate in Amsterdam.


1. Ice Cream and chocolate tasting at Metropolitan

The Warmoesstraat, the street leading up to the red light district in Amsterdam, has seen some new surprisingly delicious deli shops arriving in the last few years. Metropolitan Chocolate is one of them.

Metropolitan offers irresistible chocolate. They offer breakfast and have all sorts of experimental food on the menu, like chocolate bacon, brownie sandwich, and brownie beer. Metropolitan wants to make all of their bonbons on the spot.

They also have delicious Italian ice cream. And if you have difficulty choosing the flavor, you can even try all of their 16 flavors!. Metropolitan also has a chocolate tasting.

Metropolitan Chocolate, Warmoesstraat 135
Open every day till 10 pm

2. Choco labs at Chocolátl

Chocolátl calls itself a ‘chocolate gallery’. It’s a chocolate shop in the ‘nine streets’ area in Amsterdam that sells selected brands of chocolate. For example they offer a range of bonbons make by chocolatier extraordinaire Geert Vercruysse. If you are not instantly impressed by that name, you are invited to the shop for a ‘choco-consult’.

Or you can join one of their guided chocolate tasting sessions, named Chocolabs to appreciate chocolate in a fun and casual setting.

Chocolátle also offers house-made treats, coffee, tea and of course: chocolate milk.

Chocolátl, Hazenstraat 25-A
Closed on Monday

 

3. Puccini Bomboni

Bonbons at Amsterdam chocolate shop Pucini.

In Amsterdam, the name Puccini sounds more like chocolate than opera, so that might tell you something about this quality of this chocolate shop in Amsterdam.

When you visit this chocolate shop it’s impossible not to try some of their deliciously looking bonbons, with their thick crust and original interior, but be warned: they don’t come cheap.

All chocolates are without preservatives, so you can’t keep them longer than 7 days. As if….

Puccini Bomboni has 2 chocolate shops in Amsterdam. Both are open every day.
Staalstraat 17
Singel 184

4. Chocolate workshop at Sugarstars

chocolate workshop Amsterdam

Nick and his girlfriend had a wonderful experience making chocolate bonbons at Sugarstars on their visit to Amsterdam and they sent this picture!

Dutch couple Marc and Marieke Vesseur offer workshops where you make your own chocolate, learn how to decorate your own cake.

I sent British Nick to Sugarstars, as he was looking for something original to do in Amsterdam with his girlfriend. It was a grand success!

Here’s his review of the chocolate workshop in Amsterdam:

Review chocolate workshop in Amsterdam

Nick wrote: “Anyway, to put it in brief, we loved it, more importantly, she loved it! For 32.5 euros each we had just over two hours of see-and-do tuition on how to make filled (with anything from caramel to chocolate ganache – but not liquor 😉 chocolates as well as more than a few tips and facts about the theory behind methods of chocolate making e.g. tempering. Moreover, we ended up coming away with a nice big box of the…slightly ugly looking…chocolates we attempted to construct.”

“Marc Vesseur himself was very kind and did his best to make the lingo-naive foreigners (that’s us) feel welcome. I would definitely recommend this workshop for anyone wanting a chilled out evening activity, at least as a change to the more touristy attractions.”

“At the moment, Marc is finding it a little hard to keep it going at the current price (he uses Groupon mainly) so he will increase it a bit soon probably, but I would still attend if it was 45 euros!”

And so if you are looking for some fun activity to do in Amsterdam and love chocolate, this is the place to go in Amsterdam!

Sugarstars, Nieuwevaart 3
Contact Sugarstars for details

4. ArtiChoc

At ArtiChoc, they take the art of chocolate a little serious. The pies and bonbons are all like little pieces of art. Walking around in the shop you’ll be surprised of all the things that can make out of chocolate: coffee mugs, baby bottles, cigars, clogs, tulips etcetera. Basically, they can make anything out of chocolate.

Laptop made of chocolate

At their website they show off some of the special gifts they have made on special request: miniature houses, helicopters, puzzles, entire chess games, hearts, and laptops. A very original and delicious gift!

Arti Choc also makes creative birthday cakes and even business gifts of chocolate.

ArtiChoc
Koninginneweg 141
Closed on Sunday

5. WALDO

Waldo is a chocolate shop in the Southern tip of Jordaan Quarter. They make all their own sweets and really have a heart for fine chocolate. There are pies and cakes with flavors like pie merengue, cheesecake and of courrse apple pie. All for a decent price.

WALDO
Elandsgracht 91

rom WALDO chocolade & patisserie ‘Originele chocolade en patisserie creaties met eigen recepturen. Alle producten worden handgemaakt met de nodige aandacht uit liefde voor het vak. Elk product is een nieuw product, even mooi als heerlijk dankzij verrassende combinaties in smaak en textuur. Het assortiment van WALDO bestaat uit mini- en grote taarten in diverse smaken, denk aan lemon pie merengue, cheesecake in diverse smaken, framboos crumble, carrot cake, chocoladetaart en appeltaart. Naast het assortiment taart maakt WALDO ook scones en brownies in diverse smaken. U bent altijd van harte welkom in onze winkel aan de Elandsgracht 91 in Amsterdam!’

History of chocolate in Amsterdam

The Aztecs were the first to come up with that genius idea to grind cocoa beans with water en herbs. They made it into a bitter drink they named xoco-atl (meaning ‘very’). When the Spaniards took it to Europe, it didn’t take long before the bitter cocoa drink conquered The Netherlands.

The Dutch soon started to grow their own beans on their own plantations in the Dutch colony of Surinam (South-America). Once harvested, the beans were loaded onto ships and taken to Holland to be grinded small, dark and bitter tablets.

Dissolved in hot milk or hot water, its taste was very different from the chocolate milk we know today but flavored with anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, amber, and vanilla or sugar, it certainly had a beautiful taste.

The Chocolate Factory in Amsterdam

Korff was one of the first Amsterdam companies to make chocolate, starting in 1811 grinding beans using the force of a windmill located on Spaarndammerdijk. Eventually, the chocolate factories of Korff were sold to American company Cargill in 1986 and the once-famous name fell into oblivion.

Van Houten

But the name all Duch people associate with Dutch chocolate is Van Houten. C.J. Van Houten (1828) revolutionised chocolate making by inventing a technique which allowed for a drink that was easier to digest and more tasty, while also making it possible to produce cocoa powder and chocolate bars we all know and love today.


 

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Ryan Starr December 30, 2016 - 10:59

Leonidas is the best chocolate in Amsterdam

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