A walk around Lucern and a hot chocolate from Max Chocolatier, Lucern, Switzerland

When one thinks of Switzerland, chocolate is one thing that comes to mind. There is a whole lot of milk chocolate flowing through the veins of the Swiss. But it isn’t all milk chocolate from big companies such as Nestle that are available here. There are some jewels and the shiniest perhaps of all of them is Max Chocolatier. Patrik and Hilda Konig own a watch store in Lucern. When the store next to theirs closed down he took the opportunity to take over the space and open up a chocolate shop. With all of the industrial chocolate in Switzerland [...]

2018-01-02T06:01:02+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|EUROPE, Lucern, Switzerland|

The most beautiful little food store you have seen and a hot chocolate at Schwarzenback Teacake, Zurich, Switzerland

It isn't often that someone recommends that I visit a store as one of the first spots I should see when visiting a new city. But that is exactly what happened when I travelled to Zurich and I am glad they did. The store is family owned Schwarzenback which has been selling its goods for the past 100 years. The store has an amazing selection of, well, everything. There are spices, coffee, dried fruits, it feels like an old fashion pharmacy but filled with delicious snacks instead, all available to buy by weight.  If you look to the left when [...]

2017-12-26T11:00:09+00:00 December 26th, 2017|EUROPE, Switzerland, Zurich|

A Colourful and Luxurious Hot Chocolate at Felix Cafe, Zurich, Switzerland

If you are looking for chocolate in Zurich, you won’t have any issues finding some. There are beautiful chocolate stores all over the place. Perhaps the most colourful one of them all is Teuscher. Their dark champagne truffles are addictive and very popular. There are a few stores throughout the old part of the city. One of them is at Felix Café right between the river and the lake. Café Felix has a beautiful terrace out back, tables along the side with views of the lake. Inside is grand and luxurious, with gold and red accents and marble tables. I [...]

2017-12-18T01:20:40+00:00 December 18th, 2017|EUROPE, Switzerland, Zurich|

Hot Chocolate and Amazing Truffles at Confiserie Honold, Zurich, Switzerland

By the time I reached Honold Chocolates I had been to so many chocolate shops that I was starting to wonder if I could really put anymore chocolate into my body and how my body might react if I did. But the windows at Honold, filled with mini vermicelles torte, called out to me and I succumbed and glad I did. Honold has been going strong since 1905. They have a small terrace outside on the pedestrian street and another seating area inside at the back of the café. Inside you have a lot to choose from and it all [...]

2017-12-11T04:04:19+00:00 December 11th, 2017|EUROPE, Switzerland, Zurich|

A walk around St. Gallen and a Hot Chocolate at Chocolaterie Koldenier, St. Gallen, Switzerland

In the centre of St. Gallen is the UNESCO World Heritage Abbey. Start by visiting the library. It costs 12 CHF and spend the extra 5 CHF to get the audio guide. They told me there was information inside written in English but there is absolutely no information once you get in the library. You drop off your belongings in a locker and need to put slippers over your shoes (and no cameras/pictures!). The room is stunning. I gasped when I entered and heard almost everyone else gasp as they entered too. It is really the most beautiful library you [...]

2017-12-07T03:09:58+00:00 December 7th, 2017|EUROPE, Switzerland, Zurich|

Lots of Money and a Hot Chocolate at Sprungli, Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich was founded by the Romans. Here they collected taxes from everyone who came by so it really has always been about money. Today there are 250 banks in Zurich and many of them are based around Paradplatz. To accompany the banks are many stores where you can spend all the money from the banks: luxury watches, shoes, bags, suits. But this area wasn’t always been so expensive. What is now a meeting place of banks and trams used to be a pig market. When the pigs left and the bankers came in, they weren’t so impressed with the name [...]

2017-11-15T05:02:29+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Switzerland, Zurich|