From tempting truffles to freshly baked brownies, you can treat yourself to all kinds of indulgence from these outstanding chocolate in Leeds.
When it comes to chocolate shops, you’re spoilt for choice in Leeds. From delectable independents to multi-floor megastores, you can stock up on mouth-watering truffles and soft pralines – or make it a full experience by branching out to chocolate-enriched beauty products and spirits. Let’s face it, all this chocolate isn’t going to eat itself…
Hotel Chocolat is home to the UK’s first ever Chocolate Metropolis – a two-storey shrine to the delights of cocoa. Pride of place is the Mega Shop and it’s chock full of the latest selection boxes, cocoa spirits and even their Saint Lucian beauty range. If you’re feeling peckish, start at the Mega Café – where you can enjoy a luxurious hot chocolate or freshly baked brownie alongside their own ice cream, made with creamy cocoa nibs. Keen to make your own? Their School of Chocolate offers tasting adventures, chocolate workshops and ‘Bean to Bar’ experiences to learn all kinds of tasty secrets.
Hotel Chocolat, 55 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EL.
Lauden is Leeds’ very own luxury chocolatier. They don’t have a shop, but you can get their indulgent treats delivered to your door from their Kirkstall chocolate factory. Born out of a desire create the fine chocolate they struggled to find themselves, Sun and Stephen Trigg decided to make their own treats back in 2008. Now they’re one of the finest independent chocolatiers in the country. You can get classic dark and milk bars, made using Cacao Berry couvertures, or go for one of their mixed box collections. They even do alcohol-laced treats, vegan bars and chocolate spreads.
Lauden Chocolate, Unit D4, Wyther Lane Industrial Estate, Wyther Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BT.
Charbonnel et Walker
One of the UK’s oldest chocolatiers, Charbonnel et Walker has been producing tempting delicacies since 1875. Step inside their store in the County Arcade to find a gleaming counter packed with chocolates of every type, from Marzipan Pomponette’s to Rum Fourrés. As a nod to their long history, they still sell the very first kind of chocolate they ever made – a hazelnut and whisky plain crown. Wondering why the plain crown’s counter label has a (1) after it? Just like today’s menu, the original was printed in black and white, so in order for you to tell the chocolates apart, they had to be numbered. It’s a delicious slice of history.
Charbonnel et Walker, 19 County Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BW.
If you’re looking for a packed chocolate shop that’s a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds, head to Lindt in Trinity Leeds. It’s wall-to-wall colour, with every flavour of chocolate you could imagine wrapped in shimmering twists of foil. Classics like milk, white and hazelnut truffles are all here, alongside more indulgent treats like dark mint and strawberries & cream. Melt-in-the-mouth bars of chocolate make an appearance too, with tempting flavours including dark raspberry, intense lime and even chilli. If the assortment boxes aren’t to your liking, grab a bag and create your own truffle pick ’n’ mix from the huge in-store selection.
Lindt, 2.28 Trinity Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AR.
Personalised gifts are the name of the game at Thorntons, with your chance to ice, engrave or print any message you like on a range of chocolate boxes, truffles and even afternoon tea gift sets. They’ve been practising since 1922, so it’s no wonder they’re one of the best in Leeds. Just after some chocolate to enjoy at home? You can get everything from chocolate boxes to bags of fudge and flavour collections. Prefer something refreshing on a hot day? Thorntons have their very own ice cream window, serving up delights like Sicilian lemon meringue and classic mint choc chip alongside rhubarb and custard. They’ll even give you a free taster if you ask nicely.
Thorntons, The White Rose Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8LL.