What you'll do
We will go on a stroll through the beautiful old town of Zürich and visit artisan high-end chocolatiers and confectioneries. Some of them are traditional family owned businesses that have been around for up to six generations, others are small craft chocolate makers, which have just started their journey into the highly interesting, inspiring and delicious field of cacao. On route, you will learn about Swiss chocolate history, discover chocolate as an artisan handcraft and learn how to sense some of the 600 aromas that can be contained in cacao. We will sample various sweet specialties at every stop along the way and will sit-down in a historical 19th century café at the end of our 2,5hour tour for a final tasting session where you will also get to try cacao beans and some more unusual creations, while you learn about the whole process of chocolate making.
As a Swiss-Colombian, I grew up at the cultural root of cacao and chocolate. I found my true passion for the Food of the Gods (as cacao is called botanically) though when I moved back to Switzerland after some years abroad and started to re-discover the sweet side of my home country. I became fascinated by the rich history and interesting processing behind chocolate and how is has been an important and valuable crop for so many different civilizations across time and space, from the ancient Mesoamerica to this tiny country in the middle of Europe, Switzerland. Out of my interest grew a passion: I started to visit all the traditional artisan confectioneries and chocolatiers I grew up with as a child and to seek out new craft chocolate brands. I visited cacao plantations in tropical countries, participated in cacao ceremonies and once in while attempted to make my own truffles. Wanting to share my love for chocolate and the beauty of Switzerland with friends and visitors from all around the world, I've put together a tour of my favorite chocolatey corners in Zürich.
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Where you'll be
We will visit artisan high-end family owned chocolatiers in their 3rd,4th and up to 6th generation as well as some small newcomers while we enjoy the historic center of the city and learn about Swiss chocolate history. While you discover chocolate as an artisan handcraft you will be sampling various sweet specialties, such as a tonka and salt flavoured praline, Dom Perignon Champagne truffle and the most famous macarons of the city among many other delicious treats. Last but not least, we will sit down and relax at a lovely 19th century historical café in the liveliest district of the old town, while enjoying a guided tasting and going back to the roots with raw and roasted cocoa beans.
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Up to 10 guests aged 10 and up can attend.
The tour takes place shine or rain, please bring your own umbrella in case it should be raining on the day of the tour.
Old Town and Chocolate Gems Tour Zürich
£72 / person
£72 / person