Sunday, April 17, 2011

Chocolate in Istanbul

Istanbul is a gourmet's dream. But, by and large, Istanbul is not a source of delicious chocolate. There is fabulous baklava (Gulluoglu in Karakoy has a delectable chocolate version) and endless Turkish Delight, traditional hard candies and lots of other yummy sweets and patisserie but not fine chocolate. Interesting to see that in Nisantasi and Teskivye, two upscale Istanbul quarters, there are pastry shops that do offer good quality chocolates.

For visitors, a great option in the more traveled quarters is Kahve Dunyasi. The flagship location of this local chain of coffee shops just off the Grand Bazaar near the Nurosimanye Mosque entrance has a broad array of good quality chocolates and also serves a killer chocolate mousse that takes 20 minutes to prepare. Other locations serve good French Press style coffee, hot chocolate, and have smaller chocolate selections.

Une Dimanche A Paris. What A Concept!

Une Dimanche A Paris is a stunning new chocolate concept-shop in the heart of St. Germain des Pres. The first of its nature in Paris and in the world this is a shrine to all things fine-chocolate.

Read my article from Bonjour Paris and go... immediately.