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5 of the best chocolate experiences in Belfast

By Claire McKeever

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Ok, there may be a few of us who haven’t succumb to the joys of chocolate (yet), but chances are that a huge majority of us can’t get enough of the good stuff.

If you’re looking for the ultimate chocolate fix in Belfast, then it’s worth checking out a few of the places below for a seriously good chocolate experience.

1. Co Couture

Co Couture’s freshly prepared chocolates are a work of art and lie on display at its pretty city centre shop near City Hall.

A few of its chocolates have even picked up awards over the years, including the store’s Irish Whisky Truffle which scooped 3 Gold stars in the Great Taste Awards in 2008, and a Dark Chocolate with Biscuit & Cranberry which received 2 Gold stars. The store also hosts a regular Beyond Extraordinary Chocolate Dessert Club if you’re really wanting to treat yourself.  

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2. Hotel Chocolat

With a semi-new cafe lying opposite City Hall, Hotel Chocolat new home is a decadent chocolate experience with pretty views. Whether it’s slurping on one of the shop’s epic hot chocolates or nibbling on its to-die-for chocolates, the cafe will make a perfect pitstop when in town.

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3. Al Gelato

As summer approaches, picking up a delicious ice-cream will no doubt be top of the list and, for any chocoholics out there, the Nutella tap at Al Gelato will seriously up your ice-cream game. Choose from a selection of ridiculous ice-cream flavours or, if ice-cream isn’t your thing (*says no one ever*), then the waffles or crepes are a great alternative.

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4. St. George’s Market

St. George’s Market needs to be mentioned in its entirety given the market hosts so many great food stalls selling handcrafted and artisanal chocolate-based goodies. This includes Joy’s Artisan Foods, The Crepe Makers, and Check Out My Buns for gluten-free treats.

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5. Guilt Trip

Not only is the look and feel of Guilt Trip very aesthetically pleasing, its doughnuts are pretty incredible too. Choose from a mouth-watering selection of doughnuts including a recent “Chocolate Hazelnut Creamieux” addition… However, make sure to get there early as doughnuts are known to sell out quickly!

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Check out Expedia's Best Ice-Cream Spots in Ireland if you're travelling and craving ice-cream this summer.

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