World’s Best Chocolatiers

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The love of chocolate is universal. While you can pick up chocolates almost anywhere, there are some that are rare and special.  The world’s best chocolatiers take pride in creating carefully crafted chocolate masterpieces. A great chocolatier has years of training, and just like an executive chef, is known as a master of his/her craft. These are some chocolatiers that we find noteworthy; perhaps you can surprise a loved one this holiday season with one of their succulent creations.

The World’s Best Chocolatiers

Chocolatier Jacques Torres, USA.

Also known as Mr. Chocolate, Chef Torres is a name that tickles the ears of many chocolate lovers in and out of New York. This title is well deserved. Torres worked in France for many years to gain pastry chef experience. This includes working for Michelin star chefs. He rose in the ranks and became the youngest person to receive the Meilleur Ouvrier award.  Lucky for us, he moved to Brooklyn and opened his own chocolate factory and retail shop in Dumbo. In 2004, he invaded Manhattan where he opened Jacques Torres Chocolate. He is the only known chocolatier in New York to make his own chocolates directly from beans.

Jacques Torres has various locations in NYC including:

Amedei Chocolates, Italy

Some of the world’s best chocolates come from Pontedera in Tuscany. Amedei is a special project from Alessio Tessieri and his younger sister Cecilia. They personally source cacao beans from Chuao region of Venezuela and turn them into sinful chocolate wonders. This separates Amedei from the long line of chocolate shops in their town. Amedei only produces the chocolates in small amounts, making quality a priority over quantity. This makes Amedei’s chocolates rare and limited, and leave the chocolate lovers screaming for more.

There are many places where you can experience Amedei chocolates throughout Italy including:

  • Planet Cafe ‘Shop Via Mazzini, 1 Adro
  • Wimpy Enoteca Via Mazzini 15 Albino
  • Enoteca Del Gatto Via Mazzini 9 Anzio
  • Enoteca De Pascale Course Vittorio Emanuele, 205 Avellino
  • Bevitalia Via Poseidonia 18 Battipaglia
  • Svine Via Rodolfo Psaro 4 Belluno
  • Chocolat Via S. Alessandro, 13 Bergamo
  • Enoteca Tognoni Via Lauretta, 5 Bibbona
  • 14 July Via Orefici, 6 Bologna
  • Italian Enoteca Via Marsala, 2 / B Bologna
  • Plaza Real Via Cesare Battisti, 7 / C Bologna
  • Chocolat Obstplatz / Piazza Delle Erbe 1-2 Bolzano
  • Enoteca Gandolfi Via Druso, 349 Bolzano
  • Coffee Gran Cream Via Pistoiese, 111-113-115 Buggiano
  • Pacini & Rais Via Paoli 32 Cagliari
  • Enoteca Wine And Convivio Via Di Coselli, 4 Capannori
  • Wine Via Longano 10 Capri
  • Pavarotti Enoteca Via Carlo Marx, 67 Carpi
  • Telaro Via Arigni (Ex Exactory) Cassino
  • Iron Wine Via Borgo Padova, 101 / A Castelfranco Veneto
  • Wine And Outdoor Wine Route Of The Industry 25/27 Clear
  • Mastrosanti Enoteca Via Casilina 108 Ferentino
  • Negrotti Giorgio & C. Via Berenini, 3 Fidenza
  • Dolceforte Via Della Scala, 21 Florence
  • Enoteca Alessi Paride Via Delle Oche, 27-31 / R Florence
  • The Golosa Bottega Stand 216-239-271 Int.Mercato Centrale Florence
  • The Rinascente Republic Square Florence
  • Pegna Via Dei Bonizzi, 11 Florence
  • Celani Enoteca Via A.Moro 451 Frosinone
  • Imola Chocolate Via Orsini 3 Imola
  • Stoppani And Peer Via Magenta 9 Spice
  • Wine House Industrial Zone 8 Wool
  • Capannina Via Del Commercio 93, Loc. Capannina Lari
  • F.Lli Vassena Via Marconi 1 Lecco
  • Deli ‘ Via Roma 90 / A Livorno
  • Enoteca Morelli Via Mondolfi 57/59 Livorno
  • Enoteca And Dolcerie De Toma C.So V.Emanuele 32 Lodi
  • The Corner Of Wishes Piazza Mazzini, 41 Lugo
  • Bar Venice P Za Marconi, 9/10 Mantua
  • Wine Bar Cafeteria Course Vittorio Emanuele, 91/93 Marigliano
  • Comi Pastry Via De Gasperi 131 Merate
  • Food Jolly Via Daniele Manin 11/17 Mestre
  • Al.Pe. Via Santa Croce, 10 Milan
  • Chicchi And Grappoli Via Forze Armate, 362 Milan
  • Grocery Radrizzani Viale Piave, 20 Milan
  • Eat’S Course Gallery Milan
  • Cotti Enoteca Via Solferino, 42 Milan
  • Diapason Enoteca Via Lomellina, 48 Milan
  • Enoteca Wines And Flavors Via Vitruvio, 11 Milan
  • Giovanni Galli Via Victor Hugo, 2 Milan
  • The Rinascente Piazza Duomo Milan
  • Right Cookery Coffee Via Farini 83 Modena
  • The Bottega Dei Golosi Via Archirola, 2 Modena
  • Bruno Dalmazio Via Traversa Dei Monti, 214 Montalcino
  • Bar Ferrarelle Largo Vasto A Chiaia, 82 Naples
  • Lioness Nola Interest Nola
  • Drogheria Viani Via A. Turchi, 5 / B Parma
  • The Dragon Via Farini 11 / A Parma
  • Bread And Companatory Via Tiberina North 200 / A / 1 Perugia
  • Pavoni Enoteca Via Tremole ‘, 16 Pescantina
  • Bacchus Enoteca Via Mascagni 1 Pisa
  • Bon Bon Via S.Francesco 107 Pisa
  • Pastry La Petite Via Carlo Matteucci, 20 Pisa
  • Bhgflli Cariulo Via Roma 307 Pomigliano D’Arco
  • Roxy Bar Piazza D’Appiano, 3 Ponsacco
  • Bread House Via Roma 83 Pontedera
  • Coffee Bottega Corte Matteotti 79 Pontedera
  • Leonardi Dolciumi Via Pellegrino Matteucci 5 / A Ravenna
  • Vulpitta Dolciumi Via Circonvallaz. Western 76/78 Rimini
  • Castroni National Route, 71 Rome
  • Castroni Via Properzio, 6 Rome
  • Castroni Via Cola Di Rienzo, 196 Rome
  • By Rienzo Michele And Figli Srl Via Salita De ‘Crescenzi 3 Rome
  • Dolciaria Castroni Via Ottaviano, 55 Rome
  • Enoteca Goffredo Chirra Via Torino, 131/133 Rome
  • Lucantoni Via Di Vigna Stelluti, 33 Rome
  • Mitsukoshi Via Torino 110 Rome
  • Palombini Piazzale Konrad Adenauer, 12 Rome
  • Volpetti Sauce Via Marmorata, 47 Rome
  • Exquisita Via Fratelli Fontana, 10 Rovereto
  • San Pietro Roasting Via Roberto Santamaria 58 Salerno
  • Antica Latteria Via San Matteo 19 Saint Gimignano
  • The Cellar Via Roma 284 Holy Cross On The Arno
  • Enoteca Gensini Market Square 3 Sesto Fiorentino
  • Ancient Grocery Manganelli Via City, 71/73 Siena
  • Corner Shop Via San Francesco 21/22 Sorrento
  • Enoteca Vizi & Sfizi Via Fuoro, 22 Sorrento
  • Anselmi Grocery Via Emilia 76 Tortona
  • Union Coffee House Via S.Pietro, 38 Trento
  • Biquadro Piazza Giacomo Matteotti 9 Udine
  • Peccol Wines Via C. Percota, 2 / C Udine
  • Founding Treasures Via Manin 1 / B Udine
  • Ancient Grocery Caberlotto Piazza Ferretto, 65 Venice
  • T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi By Dfs Calendar Of The German Fontego Venice
  • Dolcezze Al Pompiere Via Fontanelle Santo Stefano 10 Verona
  • F.Lli From The Zovo Viale Of The Republic 12

Pierre Marcolini, Belgium

Premier Belgian chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini is passionate about creating his chocolate; focusing on transforming the best cacao beans into masterpieces. Marcolini uses his travels to discover producers and rare bean varieties to use in his chocolates.  This results in unparalleled aroma and taste variations. There are 40 Pierre Marcolini Chocolate locations worldwide including:

  • Antwerp – Korte Gasthuisstraat 11, 2000 Anvers
  • Barcelona, La Roca Village 08430 Santa Agnès de Malanyanes
  • Bruges Markt 11, 8000 Brugges
  • Brussels Airport, The Belgian Chocolate House – Terminal A – Leopoldlaan, 1930 Zaventem
  • Brussels, Eurostar – Gare du Midi – rue de France 2, 1060 Bruxelles
  • Brussels, Galerie de la Reine – Galerie de la Reine 21, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Brussels, La Manufacture – Place du Grand Sablon 39, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Brussels, Louise – Avenue Louise 75 M, 1050 Bruxelles
  • Brussels, Reine 2 – Galeries de la Reine 9, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Brussels, Sablon Rue des Minimes 1 (Place du Sablon), 1000 Bruxelles
  • Brussels, Stockel – Avenue de Hinnisdael 14, 1150 Bruxelles
  • Brussels, Tongres – Rue des Tongres 69, 1040 Bruxelles
  • Brussels, Uccle – Chaussée de Waterloo 1302, 1180 Bruxelles
  • Brussels, Woluwe Shopping Center – Rue Saint Lambert 200, 1200 Bruxelles
  • Dubai, Dubai Mall – Financial Center Road – Dubai Lower Ground
  • Hawaii Ala Moana Center, Level 3 Ewa Wing, HI 96814 Honolulu
  • London, Harrods 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL London
  • London, Marylebone – 37 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QE London
  • London, Selfridges – Oxford Street 400, W1A 1AB London
  • Luxembourg – SMETS CONCEPT STORE – 262 Route d’Arlon, L-8010 Strassen
  • Madrid, ABC Serrano – Calle Serrano 61 – 28006 Madrid
  • Madrid, El Corte Inglés La Castellana – Calle de Raimundo Fernández Villaverde 79 – 28003
  • Monaco – Les chocolats du Carré d’Or – 26 Boulevard des Moulins, 98000 Monaco
  • Nagoya – B1F Midland Square, 450-6290 4-7-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
  • Nanjing, Deji Plaza – Deji Plaza, First floor store Z106 – 18 Zhongshan Road – Xuanwu District
  • Oxford, Bicester Village – 50 Pingle Dr – Bicester OX26 6WD
  • Paris, BHV Marais – 52 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
  • Paris, Galeries Lafayette Gourmets – 35 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
  • Paris, Saint-Honoré – 235 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
  • Paris, Scribe – 3 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris
  • Paris, Seine – 89 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris
  • Shanghai, Grand Gateway 66 – Grand Gateway Plaza Ground Floor II – 1 – Xujiahui, Xuhui District
  • Shanghai, K11 Art Mall – K11 Art Mall, 206 – Store B118-7 – No.300 Huaihai Road – Huangpu District
  • Shanghai, Plaza 66, Store B127 – No. 1266 West Nanjing Road – Jingan District
  • Tokyo, Ginza – 5-5-8 Ginza Chuo Ku, 104-0061 Tokyo
  • Tokyo, Gransta – JR Tokyo Station B1F – 1-9-1 Marunouchi,Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • Tokyo, Haneda – Dai2 Ryokyaku Terminal 2F – 3-4-2 Haneda Airport, oota-ku. Tokyo
  • Tokyo, Shibuya-Ku – Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs B2F – 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, 150-8510 Tokyo
  • Tokyo, Shinjuku – Newoman Shinjuku 2F – 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • Yokohama – Lumine Yokohama B1F -2-16-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku  220-0011 Yokohama City

La Maison du Chocolat, Paris.

At first glance, you’d say La Maison du Chocolat in Paris is a jewelry store filled with sparkling gems. But this place has any diamond shop beat; their jewels are edible. Opened by premier chocolatier Robert Linxe back in 1977, La Maison du Chocolat is one of France’s top chocolate shops, visited by thousands of local and international chocolate lovers each year. This chocolate shop brought the principles of haute cuisine, applied to chocolate making, from focusing on sourcing the best ingredients and hands-on production to creativity in chocolate presentations. Although La Maison became a part of Eufipar Group that controls Valrhona Chocolate, the quality and taste that kept chocolate lovers wanting more are still evident. Chocolatier Gilles Marchal now leads the team of La Maison Chocolat and currently features 5 signature chocolates (Quito, Salvador, Milk Rigoletto, Zagora, and Palmira) along with pastries such as the chocolate tart and the chocolate éclair.

There are plenty of locations where you can pick up goodies from La Maison du Chocolat in Paris including:

  • Faubourg Saint Honoré – 225 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
  • François 1Er – 52 rue François 1er
  • Madeleine – 8 bd de la Madeleine
  • Sèvres – 19 rue de Sèvres
  • Victor Hugo –  120 avenue Victor Hugo
  • Printemps De La Maison – Level 3 – 61 rue Caumartin
  • Carrousel Du Louvre – 99 rue de Rivoli
  • Publicis Drugstore – Ground Floor – 133 Av. des Champs-Élysées
  • Printemps De L’Homme – Level 7 – Printemps du Goût – 64 boulevard Haussmann
  • Galeries Lafayette – 35 Boulevard Haussmann – Ground Floor “low”

 

Michel Cluizel, Paris

Another premier chocolatier is Paris’ Michel Cluizel. He has always created chocolates out of real cocoa beans. Cluizel sources the best ingredients possible. He gets his beans from a single, chemical fertilizer-free plantation and does not use emulsifiers when creating his masterpieces. Cluizel understands that the beans are like wine grapes and that terroir affects the outcome of flavors and characteristics. He uses a variety of flavors and works with interesting blends of ingredients to produce wonderful and unique results. The chocolates are made pure, giving due respect to chocolate-making traditions rather than complicated flavors and presentations, which normally reflect the pieces of young and new chocolatiers.

To find Michel Cluizel locations near you, click here.

Chocolatier Eric Girerd, USA

L'atelier du chocolat by Chef Eric Girerd

Maitre Chocolatier Eric Girerd is the chef and owner of L’ Atelier Du Chocolat, which is a premier chocolate shop established in 2002. His chocolates are haute couture. He uses only the finest ingredients in creating his delectable chocolates. He’s Using up to 72% cocoa beans and applies artisan techniques to ensure the quality of his creations. Chef Girerd is very passionate to his craft that’s why his chocolates are loved by many chocolate lovers not only in New York but all across the globe. His Fleur du Sel was featured in New York Times and was included in their list of ‘Chocolate Caramels Worthy of Your Sweetheart.” He has two locations, one in NYC and one in Jersey City.

  • 321 Marin Blvd Suite #8, Jersey City
  • 451 Wall Street, USA, New York
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