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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.  

Find out more at www.cocouture.co.uk.

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.

Find out more at www.hotelchocolat.com.

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.

Find out more www.facebook.com/ALGelato99.

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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.

Find out more at www.belfastcity.gov.uk.

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!

Find out more at www.guilttripcoffee.com.

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

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