Chocolate is on everyone's mind and Booking.com has scoured the globe for the perfect chocolate havens for every palate. Aussies need not look further than their own backyard, as NSW region Emu Heights makes an appearance on the list. Zokoko, the cafe specialising in housemade artisanal chocolate is the reason travellers are dropping into Emu Heights according to Booking.com.
Booking.com has handpicked their top five must-visit destinations for any serious chocolate lover to visit this Easter, or any day of the year.
Zurich, Switzerland - Confiserie Teuscher
Home to some of the world's finest chocolate connoisseurs, Switzerland is the ultimate chocolate destination to celebrate Easter. Confiserie Teuscher opened their doors in the early 20th century, and today the masters still follow the same traditional recipes with the finest ingredients. Famous for their award-winning Champagne Truffle made with exquisite Dom Perignon champagne, smooth butter cream and a rich dark cream ganache, visitors will be sure to get their chocolate fix.
Where to stay? Park Hyatt Zurich
Located within just a walking distance from Confiserie Teuscher, the Park Hyatt is right in the heart of Zurich and embraces the Swiss lifestyle. Combining classic furnishings with warm colours and modern facilities, Park Hyatt is the best partner to your chocolate filled getaway.
New York, USA - Jacques Torres Chocolate
New York is home to Jacques Torres Chocolate - also known as Mr. Chocolate. Jacques Torres is famous for his ice-cream sandwiches and delicious homemade cookies. Travellers are encouraged to visit this iconic city and experience a truly artisan experience where Jacques transforms cocoa beans into a rich handmade delicacy.
Where to stay? East Village Apartments
Just a short drive from Jacques Torres first ever café in Brooklyn, these stylish apartments offer guests comfort and convenience. Located within walking distance from the iconic Soho and Greenwich Village, these historic brownstone Manhattan apartments feature fully equipped kitchens and are just a short stroll from Washington Square Park. This is the perfect base for those wanting to explore this exciting city whilst enjoying some of the best chocolate in town.
Paris, France - La Maison du Chocolat
Paris, known as the breeding ground for beautiful food, has revolutionised the chocolate craft into an art form. The best place to sample French chocolate is La Maison du Chocolat. From macaroons to rich praline, guests will be sure find something at La Maison du Chocolat that satisfies their cravings. Combining both classic and innovative techniques, it's no wonder the chocolatier produces some of the world's best chocolate.
Where to stay? My Home For You Luxury B&B
My Home for You Luxury Bed and Breakfast is just a stroll away from the famous Louvre Pyramid and even closer to the deliciousness of La Maison du Chocolat. This is the perfect accommodation for a romantic getaway with intimate rooms decorated with beautiful art and stunning views of the magical city.
New South Wales, Australia - Zokoko
Aussies know that nothing satisfies a chocolate craving better than an old-school -Choccy Crackle' – and Zokoko do a crackle like no other. There's something special about that crunchy, sweet, chocolaty taste that takes you back to your childhood, but if crackles aren't your thing, Zokoko is also famous for their rich chocolate bars made from heirloom cacao. Zokoko has been named -Favourite Chocolatier' by the Good Food Guide, making this Aussie gem a must try.
Where to stay? Spicers Sangoma Retreat
Located just a quick 20-minute drive away from Australia's chocolate expert, Spicers Sangoma Retreat is a secluded hideaway that offers a relaxing getaway. Hidden amidst Australia's bush land, this retreat hosts a luxurious pool, a top rating restaurant and five-star luxurious rooms where guests can enjoy those sweet treats.
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Puccini Bomboni
If you're a fan of smooth, rich chocolate, Netherlands is the place for you. Hidden amongst the cobble stone streets of Amsterdam you will find Puccini Bomboni, a chocolatier known throughout Europe and amongst chocolate fanatics. The experts make each chocolate delight from scratch, ensuring the finest quality for their fans. Well known for their ability to mix the finest chocolate with some of the richest spices, Puccini Bomboni will be sure to provide the sweet escape you've been looking for.
Where to stay? art'otel Amsterdam
Just 700 metres from Puccini Bomboni, art'otel Amsterdam is in the heart of the city and offers guests modern rooms and exceptional facilities. Contemporary artwork by famous artist, Atelier Van Lieshout, fills the hotel encompassing everything Amsterdam stands for. This is the perfect accommodation for those wanting to explore the modern city and indulge in everything sweet!