Nothing beats chocolate, right? Whether you prefer the traditional flavours, or love trying something a bit different, Edinburgh is chock-a-block with places to indulge your sweet tooth.
We’ve rounded up some of the city’s most exciting places to stock-up on your favourite cocoa-based treats.
Mary’s Milk Bar
Its retro interior
As with the gelato, flavours change regularly, so you’re in for a treat every time you go!
Edward & Irwyn
Handcrafted luxury chocolates
The delectable chocolates at Edward & Irwyn are a thing of beauty.
Choose from boxes, slabs, truffles, shards and vegan varieties of the sweet stuff, all of which are gluten-free.
From their shop in Morningside they also sell a regular and seasonal range of hot chocolate (dairy-free and vegan also available) – perfect for warming up on a cold day.
Tours and tasting evenings
One of Edinburgh’s most unique chocolate companies, COCO Chocolatier sell bars and drinking chocolate in a range of interesting and unusual flavours, from strawberry and mint white to rose and black pepper.
From their base in South Queensferry (just 30 minutes by train from Edinburgh) on the first Saturday of each month they run The COCO Chocolate School. Learn how to hand temper chocolate, make moulded and fruit filled chocolates and, best of all, tasting during the class is encouraged!
Or why not treat the chocolate lover in your life to The COCO Chocolate Connoisseur Evening? Explore the history of this delectable treat, see the process from bean to bar and finish the evening with some delicious liquor and chocolate pairings.
Chocolate Heaven at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School
Pick up skills to make chocolate desserts at home
Learn how to make a variety of chocolate puddings, desserts and treats, discover which chocolate suits different recipes and pick up some techniques for perfect chocolate-based dishes.
Exploring the history of chocolate in a fun and interesting way
Step into their cocao jungle room and learn all about cacao farmers and the history of this fruit with its precious beans inside. Learn the difference between dark, milk and white chocolate with some quirky machines, then get creative and let your inner chocolatier out by making your own bar.
Top off the experience with a tasting session and choose from over 40 varieties of chocolate. You can even choose haggis chocolate!
In the mood for more treats?