Three Amazing Chocolate Shops Around The World
This year, instead of loading up on cheap, poor quality chocolate, how about choosing less but better? If you need convincing, how about this: more expensive chocolate is typically better for you as it is made from organic, top quality ingredients. To help you choose some artisan product we've gone inside three leading chocolatiers from around the globe. Take your pick!
- The Margaret River Chocolate Company, Perth
A former bank is the new home of the Margaret River Chocolate Company in Perth, Western Australia. Not only does the store showcase and sell the company’s expansive range of colourfully packaged chocolates handcrafted from Belgian couverture, but the team also provide bottomless tastings. In fact, the company recently crunched the sums and realised it gives away more than $300,000.00 of chocolate to the one million people who visit its three stores each year!
- 100% Chocolate Shop, Tokyo
With Japanese design firm Wonderwall at its helm, the finished design of 100% Chocolate Cafe wasn’t going to be anything but impressive. Running above the communal table is a dark-wood carved ceiling, shaped just like a block of chocolate! Meantime, visitors can watch chocolate being created in the grand, open kitchen, then take their pick from the 56 different varieties in the cabinet, each with their own colour code. A stand out feature of this chocolatier is the view from the street, with the huge floor to ceiling windows just tempting passers-by to step in.
- Les Marquis de Ladurée
Renowned for its macarons, Laudree delighted fans when it opened its first chocolate boutique in Paris. Expanding on its traditional offering of macarons,“Les Marquis de Ladurée” is a new Laudree sub-brand devoted entirely to chocolate. Positioned near the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, the interior is intricate and old-worldly, with the walls decorated in Acanthus stucco leaves, and the ceiling embellished with a stucco garland and decorated with Murano chandeliers. White Carrara marble fronts the counter and is adorned with ‘marquis’ medallions.
Media Release February 5, 2019
The New Quokka Selfie That’s Helping Fund Conservation
As part of its 20th Birthday celebrations, The Margaret River Chocolate Company has created a fun, new social media competition to raise funds and spread awareness for quokka conservation and research.
The competition named ‘My Chokka Selfie’ is based around the company’s chocolate quokka character ‘Chokka The Quokka’.
To enter the competition people post a fun, creative picture on Instagram or Facebook with their Chokka the Quokka or Chokka t-shirt and use of the hashtag #mychokkaselfie.
Each month a $500 chocolate gift voucher will be awarded to the selfie with the most impact.
In 2016 The Margaret River Chocolate Company launched a major partnership with The Rottnest Foundation and Rottnest Island Authority to fund ongoing quokka conservation and research.
Over a 12-month period, The Margaret River Chocolate Company designed a chocolate mould for the unique and endangered marsupial and then worked with the Rottnest Island Authority to look at how funds from the sale of chocolate quokkas could be used to ensure their long term future.
The #mychokkaselfie campaign has already been embraced by celebrities like world kite-surfing champion Guy Bridge, Australian singer-songwriter G Flip and Margaret River chef Aaron Carr, as well as key social media influencers like Perth Happenings, Out and About Perth and Hello Perth.