Chocolate is an irreplaceable part of a well-rounded meal. After all, gorging on a cacao-laden dessert of sorts is always a pleasurable way to cap off the meal right.
And since chocolate has always been a sleeper-hit food, you can relatively find a good bar of chocolate anywhere on a supermarket shelf. But to really find an uncommercial chocolate brand or eatery that is dedicated solely to the chocolate business? Undeniably, a bit of a tough task.
Yet for all you chocolate devotees: no fret. We are here to set your inner cacao geek free with a curated list of 5 chocolate eateries where you can easily – and satisfyingly – fix your chocolate craving. Hop to it.
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Great chocolate doesn’t have to come from Switzerland. Kad Kokoa offers plenty of finger-licking-good products made out of cocoa locally sourced from Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chantaburi, Chumpon and Chiang Mai, showcasing their approach to the Thai way of chocolate making. Nestled within Soi Narathiwat Ratchanakarin 17, the two-story café boasts this rustic-homey vibe that makes you feel right at home. Take comfort in the Guilty Pleasure (THB 75) which is a soft-chewy chocolate-enriched cookie along with the Hot Chocolate Pure 70%(THB 140) that will hit all the right notes.
Kad Kokoa, 1076 Thanon Narathiwat Rachanakharin 17, Bangkok, +6683 684 3921
Open: Mon-Sun, 10 am-7 pm.
The Sukhothai Chocolate Buffet at Lobby Salon
More of an all-you-can-eat person? The Sukhothai Chocolate Buffet (THB 990++ per person) curated by a Swiss Chocolatier slash pastry genius, Chef Laurent Ganguillet, is here to cater to your craving. Taking place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm over at the Lobby Salon within The Sukhothai Bangkok, diners are welcome to merge themselves fully into Thailand’s Willy Wonka factory-themed tea lounge. Featuring a new chocolate trolley brimming with over 31 types of dark and milk chocolates imported from different countries across the world, diners can recreate their own version of hot chocolate to their hearts’ desire. Take delight also in their cake and savoury sections, spanning suppertime fare like sushi and sandwiches. Currently on the search for a source of happiness? According to Chef Laurent, there’s no better way to get it than from a piece of good quality chocolate.
Lobby Salon, 13/3, The Sukhothai Bangkok, 1st Floor, Sathon Tai Road, Bangkok, +662 344 8888
Open: Fri-Sun, 2-5 pm for The Sukhothai Chocolate Buffet.
SARATH N. CHOCOLATIER
A chocolate café that brims with raw and real energy? Yes, please. Helmed by chef Sarath Nimlamai — the brain behind the infamous chocolate school — CHOCOLATE HOUSE– SARATH N. CHOCOLATIER is the chocolatier’s brand-new boutique café, showcasing his repertoire of sweet creations like artful chocolate bars and bonbons. All the chocolate products here are also crafted especially from cacao grown in Chantaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan, so expect a product that represents the abundance of Thailand’s agriculture in spades. The must-tries here are the Pure Origin Eclairs (THB 185), Single Origin Hot Chocolate (THB 175), Truffle Affogato (THB 165) and the Bird’s Nest (THB 185); a hot chocolate where you have to crack the given chocolate egg open for the caramel to ooze out its sweetness to the chocolate mixture.
SARATH N. CHOCOLATIER, 19 Sutthisan Winitchai Rd, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, +6694 962 9898
Open: Mon-Sun, 10 am-7 pm.
PARADAi Crafted Chocolate & Café
If you’re not in the know already, PARADAi Crafted Chocolate & Café is the chocolate aficionado’s paradise for all things chocolate. Tucked away in an old-school building on Tanao Road, the café offers up a selection of chocolate bonbons, hot chocolate, and iced chocolate. The name of the game here is Thai cocoa beans, so make sure you try their chocolate bars, like the 100% Dark Chocolate crafted from Nakhon Si Thammarat beans, to fully taste the charm of Thai chocolate.
PARADAi Crafted Chocolate & Café, 197-199 Thanon Tanao, Bangkok, +6663 525 5517
Open: Wed-Mon, 9:30 am-6 pm.
Chu Chocolate Bar & Café
Chu Chocolate Bar & Café: just the name alone suggests it to be a chocolate-centred café. Although the venue makes mean pancakes (one of the very best in town), it is more likely known to be an oasis for hot chocolate, brownie and ooey chocolate lava cake. Drink up the 70% Extra Dark Chocolate (THB 150) if you love your drink dark and chocolate-y, but push it an extra mile and try the 75% Tanzania (THB 160) that will surely give off that wonderfully bitter, pleasant taste of cacao beans. Crave for more of a sweet, decadent cup? Opt for the Parisian Extra Creamy Dark Chocolate that will deliver a rich cacao note with a well-balancing hint of sweetness.
Chu Chocolate Bar & Café, 388 Exchange Tower Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +6691 545 4847
Open: Mon-Fri, 7:30 am-9 pm; Sat-Sun, 8 am-9 pm.