Whether as nourishment for your nerves, a mood-lifter or a loving gift – chocolate is a special indulgence for every occasion. Us Germans truly love chocolate among all the other sweets the most. Per person, we eat about 9 kilos of chocolate each year – preferably full milk! For the sweet-toothed among our readers, we put together a great selection of the best chocolate makers and shops located in Berlin. I hope you have a piece of chocolate near you because, after this, you might be tempted to go out and get your sweet on!
Have you tried chocolates in the flavors of tea passionfruit, cassis violets or basil licorice before? Confectioner Daniel Budde and chef Christopher O’Connor set the goal to bring the idea of chocolate back to being something traditional and special again. All this cheaply produced chocolate we can buy at the supermarket ruined our taste and understanding of true chocolate. With this thought in mind, they opened up their own chocolate manufactory, Candide. Here they spoil you with new exceptional chocolate creations every week.
Candide Schokoladen, 1. floor of Bikini Berlin, Budapester Str. 38-50, 10787 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Sawade Berlin has been creating the finest pralines for more than 135 years, making it the city’s oldest chocolatier. Their praline creation equals a craft, for each praline is carefully handcrafted by the pastry chefs and confectioners. The manufactory in Berlin Reinickendorf uses only the finest ingredients for its incomparable taste. “We use only noble and natural ingredients: real butter and fresh cream, finest nougat, best marzipan, caramelized nuts, and homemade ganaches in milk, dark and white chocolate.” True chocoholics must get a taste of Sawade!
Sawade, Rosenthaler Straße 40 – 41, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hours: Mon till Sat 11h-19h
As a kid growing up in Berlin I already knew that, when you want to buy really good chocolate, you get your mom to take you to Rausch’s chocolate house at Gendarmenmarkt. Visiting their Store is a true experience because you get to taste 400 different types of chocolate from all over the world – such as Peru, Ecuador or Costa Rica. All compositions are based on high-quality cocoa from plantations from regions of origin along the equator. They know exactly where the beans come from and follow their path from their trees on the plantation all the way to Rausch’s manufactory in Tempelhof.
Rausch Schokoladenhaus Berlin, Charlottenstraße 60, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.00 – 20.00h, Sun 11.00 – 20.00h
Chocolate lovers with a desire for something special and fair trade will find it at the small chocolate factory Belyzium. The highlights first: Belyzium owns its own cocoa plantation in Belize, so the cultivation, the harvesting and the transport is completely in their own hands. At their factory near Rosenthaler Platz they roast their beans themselves and create tasty chocolate bars, pralines, and delicious ice cream. If you want to support this fair “tree to bar” idea of Belyzium, you should definitely pay them a visit!
Belyzium, Lottumstraße 15, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 2-7pm, Sat 12-7pm
In 2011, chocolatier Christoph Wohlfarth opened his small chocolate factory in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. Through the glass walls, passersby can look inside and watch the chocolatier and his team at work. In the shop, you find a selection of handmade chocolate goods of many kinds. My personal Highlight: The chocolate Vinyl, that can actually play a song. As well, find uniquely flavored chocolate bars with ingredients such as tomato, ginger, green raisins, physalis or lavender.
Wohlfarth, Choriner Str. 37, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Opening hours: Tue – Fr 2 – 6pm, Sat 11 – 4pm
“Chocolate is God’s answer to broccoli.” I couldn’t agree more! Naciye Stein knows what chocolate lovers want. In her small chocolate shop in Kreuzberg on Oranienstraße, she lovingly sells handmade chocolate bars, chocolates, delicious cakes and a special selection of hot chocolate.
Chocolateria Sünde, Oranienstraße 194, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
photos: Chocolateria Sünde
Sabine Dubenkropp is a passionate chocolatier and even won the German chocolate championship in 2015. Her name stands for fair trade, natural ingredients, and elaborate craftsmanship. If you visit her beautiful shop in Berlin-Charlottenburg, be prepared to be seduced by a selection of hundreds of pralines and unique tasting chocolate bars. The special highlight: her praline courses, where she teaches you the art of praline making, in her “Schokoversum” in Charlottenburg.
Dubenkropp Pralinen & Schokoladen, Grolmanstraße 20, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Opening times: Mon 12-6pm, Tue-Fr 10 – 6pm, Sat 10-2pm
The chocolate experts from Switzerland should not be missing on this list! The large store on the Tauentzienstraße impresses not only with its seductively large and above all fresh selection of milk, bittersweet and white chocolate in various flavors but also with its own café. There you can taste their many types of chocolate in liquid form, also in combination with a juicy piece of cake. If you want to treat yourself and your loved ones to something special, go visit Läderach
Läderach, Tauentzienstrasse 4., 10789 Berlin
Opening times: Mon-Sat 10-8pm