Sweet Temptations in Bern: Chocoholics won’t be able to withstand these 13 tantalizing chocolate tips
“Fabrique de Chocolat W. Lin...”: If you stand on Bern’s Nydegg Bridge, you can still make out this historic inscription painted on the building across from you. In 1879, chocolate history was made at Wasserwerkgasse 2. In this former factory hall, Rudolf Lindt, the son of a Bernese apothecary, developed the conching process, creating the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate that we know and love today. The birthplace of chocolate has inspired many more chocolatiers over the years. Ovomaltine, Camille Bloch and Toblerone – the most famous chocolate in the world – also have their roots in Bern. Did you know that every single Toblerone bar that is sold around the world is still produced in the company factory in Bern?
Our 13 Chocolate Tips in Bern
Swiss chocolatiers are among the best in the world – if we do say so ourselves! The Swiss are also world champions when it comes to eating chocolate. They are global leaders with 10.5 kg of the sweet stuff consumed per person per year. So, it’s no wonder that chocoholics find themselves in seventh chocolate heaven in Bern. We reveal right here which places and experiences are worth the ensuing chocolaty guilt.
#1 The Best Chocolatiers in Switzerland
...have settled in Bern. In 2015, after thoroughly testing over 4,000 products in 70 countries, the international chocolate tester Georg Bernardini awarded the sweet temptations from Casa Nobile (the only one of the Swiss chocolate makers!) with the highest grade of six cocoa beans. What exactly does that mean? A heck of a lot. The result is comparable to receiving 20 GaultMillau points! Originally based in Bätterkinden, Casa Nobile chocolates are now also available in Bern at Rathausgasse 45. Discover a world of luscious creations, all made from chocolate – a true paradise for anyone addicted to the brown stuff. If you would like to learn from the best, you can also book a workshop at the chocolate factory in Bätterkinden.
#2 Direct from the Amazon to Bern
Enjoy a tempting treat and help improve the world to boot? You can at this start-up launched by two guys from Bern, Eric and Christoph. “Choba Choba” is the exclusive chocolate they make with cocoa beans from the Alto Huayabamba valley in Peru. Premium quality, no additional ingredients and a fairtrade production chain are the principles they swear by. The chocolate bars are available from Changemaker located at Spitalgasse 38 or from their online shop. Our favorite: The Gaggo Leche milk chocolate, created using treasured resources from two UNESCO biospheres: cocoa from the Gran Pajatén in Peru and milk from the Swiss Entlebuch biosphere. We think it’s the perfect combination to achieve that happy endorphin boost!
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#3 The Best Chocolate Cake in Town
If Bern had a queen of chocolate cakes, then the chocolate-almond cake from Café Apfelgold would be the strongest contender for the crown. Ultra-sweet, ultra-dense, ultra-enjoyable – it's like a box of pralines turned into a cake! There’s a very good reason that it is fondly referred to as “d’Bombe” among connoisseurs. What is arguably Bern’s best chocolate cake is served on gilt-edged porcelain plates, while shelves full of linen-bound books invite guests to linger and savor the experience. A veritable utopia that you won’t want to hurry away from!
#4 Chocolate Sorbet from Bern’s Ice-Cream Mecca
The creations from the Gelateria di Berna ice-cream shop are legendary. So legendary, in fact, that they have been available in Zurich as well for some time now (and that’s saying something!). In addition to imaginative flavor combinations such as grapefruit-pepper or pineapple-basil, there are always new taste sensations to try at the four ice-cream laboratories in the Länggasse district, in Breitenrain, across from the Marzili pool and in the Mattenhof district. Despite nagging swimsuit guilt, we get weak-kneed whenever we think about the chocolate sorbet (it’s just soooo chocolaty!).
# 5 Hot Chocolate at the Einstein Café & bel étage
Cheap powdered cocoa mixes from the grocery store, dissolved in hot water? Definitely not in the hallowed spaces of the Einstein coffee house! Located at Kramgasse 49, where Albert Einstein developed his famous E=mc2 formula in 1905, baristas now serve up thick, creamy homemade drinking chocolate using whole milk from the region and grated chocolate. And if you’re lucky enough to snag our favorite spot near the fireplace, you can savor your heavenly hot beverage with a good book and feel right at home.
#6 Chocolate Fountain for Breakfast
Pssssst! A little bird with a sweet tooth just informed us that the Sunday Delight Brunch at the Kursaal Bern has an actual chocolate fountain! For breakfast! Just grab a wooden skewer of fresh fruit and dip it in the warm, delicious melted chocolate – you’ll practically swoon. If you’ve only seen such decadence in the movies, you’d better not miss the best brunch ever for chocolate lovers. Grab your phone right now and reserve a table by calling +41 31 339 52 50
#7 Toblerone Joy at “gut gelaunt”
Relationship issues? Exhausted after an exam? Stressed by your boss? Or just because? A visit to the “gut gelaunt” restaurant-bistro-bar on Schauplatzgasse will put a smile back on your face. A mere glimpse of the menu is enough to make those happiness hormones kick in. The tasty options include hot white chocolate, Toblerone ice cream, and a Toblerone milkshake – all guaranteed to make you fall back in love with life!
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#8 Chocolate Fondue at “toi et moi”
A delectable chocolate fondue is like a dream come true for gourmet chocolate fans. We recommend that you indulge in this divine pleasure at “toi et moi”, an inviting restaurant situated right next to Bern’s train station. With the kaleidoscope of colors in its interior, this gem of an eatery makes you feel like you’re Alice in Wonderland. Fresh strawberries, grapes, mangoes, pineapple and marshmallows (yummy!) dipped in melted chocolate make the fairy tale complete. The restaurant is also located in the Generationenhaus – a meeting place for young and old alike to indulge, drink coffee and play games.
#9 Baking, Decorating – and Devouring
Mix together butter, flour, eggs, chocolate and lots of love, and what do you get? Why a Kambly cookie, of course. Anyone who has visited the charming village of Trubschachen knows what its claim to fame is: the Kambly factory, where the delicately rich cookies are made. Apart from Kambly’s trademark “Brätzeli” crispy delight, there is an enormous selection of chocolate-covered and chocolate-filled goodies. Naturally, they taste best when you've made them yourself and – depending on your mood – have given them an extra coating of chocolate. Drag your friends or family along and make a beeline for the Emmental valley for an afternoon of baking with the Kambly Experience!
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#10 Whiskey and Chocolate Tasting
Chocolate and whiskey? A match made in heaven! During the introductory seminar, Ernesto Pauli delves into the mysteries surrounding these two classic epicurean items. Nosing and tasting are not merely theoretical activities around here. The finest dark chocolate and various distillates like bourbon, Irish, blended, vetted and single malt are just waiting to be sniffed and swallowed.
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#11 Mocha at Adrianos
Coffee or hot chocolate? You can have it both ways at Adrianos, Bern’s cult hangout. Coffee, lighter dishes using regional products and tasty snacks are served here with an extra helping of Italian charm. If you can’t choose between coffee and hot chocolate, we heartily recommend the mocha. It’s 2/3 Marta’s hot chocolate mixed with 1/3 espresso made from beans roasted right on the premises. Our tip: Relax and enjoy your mocha in the morning sunshine underneath the arcades while watching other people hurry on their way past the Clock Tower (Zytglogge).
#12 Delicacies by Camille Bloch
Who doesn’t recognize the exquisite Ragusa and Torino chocolate bars and the way they melt so seductively on your tongue? What you might not know is that this chocolate brand also has its roots in the capital city. Founded in Bern in 1929 by Camille Bloch, the world-famous chocolate factory is still run by the Bloch family today. We highly recommend a sweet outing to the Bernese Jura for all chocolate aficionados. At the visitors’ center in Courtelary (between La Chaux-de-Fonds and Biel), visitors will find out everything there is to know about the magical chocolate-nut creations, and can make their own Ragusa and Torino bars in the workshop along with a completely personalized chocolate bar. All we can say is: What are you waiting for?
#13 Chocolate Courses from “miniSchoggi”
Chocolate makes us happy. And trying your hand at being a chocolatier is double the fun! During the chocolate courses from “miniSchoggi” in Bern’s Matte district, you can create mouthwatering truffles and pralines, make and paint chocolate Easter bunnies, or invent your own favorite chocolate combinations. It's a perfect gift idea for kids, but all adult chocolate fans will love it too! Apart from the public courses, “miniSchoggi” also organizes praline and chocolate-making workshops for teams and groups with four to 300 participants.