We’ll take any excuse to celebrate, especially if that celebration includes chocolate. So in honor of Chocolate Day, we’re taking a look at six international destinations where you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a little extra cacao.
What to eat: Liege waffle with Belgian chocolate
Where to eat it: More dessert than breakfast, Liege waffles are the most common types of waffles available in Belgium. Head to Grand-Place in the center of Brussels and order one drizzled with Belgian chocolate for an irresistible snack.
Where to walk it off: Burn off your waffles (or the Neuhaus truffles you picked up) by taking a stop to see the Manneken Pis statue in Grand-Place, which is often outfitted in a costume. From there, take a stroll through the galleries at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts to get a well-rounded glimpse of Belgian art and artists.
What to eat: Chocolate fondue
Where to eat it: Although Switzerland is known for their cheese fondue, a sweet twist on this shareable dish comes from melting Swiss chocolate and dipping fruit and marshmallows into the mix—try it out at Swiss Stübli in Lucerne.
Where to walk it off: Head 7,000 feet up Mount Pilatus on the world’s steepest cog railway, then take in the stunning views from the top of the mountain.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
What to eat: A submarino, hot milk served with a piece of chocolate (the “submarine”) to dunk into the milk and stir until melted
Where to eat it: Almost every bar and restaurant in Argentina will have this on the menu, and it’s an especially popular drink during the colder months.
Where to walk it off: Explore the heart of Buenos Aires and dance off your drink by taking a stab at the tango at La Viruta.
What to eat: Baci truffles filled with chocolate and hazelnut cream and dotted with chopped hazelnuts
Where to eat it: The Eurochocolate Festival. Held annually in October, this nine-day festival is one of the biggest chocolate festivals in the world.
Where to walk it off: Perugia is known for its artistic flair, so after getting your fill of chocolates, stop by the Chapel of San Severo and catch a glimpse of Raphael’s fresco.
What to eat: Pain au chocolat
Where to eat it: There’s no shortage of patisseries in Paris, but you can’t go wrong with a stop at Blé Sucré on the Right Bank.
Where to burn it off: Stroll through the Marché d’Aligre, an outdoor Parisian market that features everything from vintage clothes and trinkets to artisanal cheeses and fresh fruit.
What to eat: Churros con chocolate.
Where to eat it: A chocolatería is the place that specially serves up churros con chocolate, and a visit to San Ginés in Madrid is practically required. The chocolate is a thick, silky mix of melted dark chocolate, into which you dip crispy, fried churros. Warning: you’ll want to eat the whole serving yourself.
Where to walk it off: The Museo del Prado features one of the world’s best collections of European art, including perhaps the best single collection of Spanish art and artists. You’ll get the chance to see many of the famous works from Goya and Velázquez (among others).
Where have you tasted the best chocolate while traveling?