Dark chocolate laced with honeycomb, truffles so smooth they dissolve on your tongue and drinks laced with cocoa – it’s time to go shopping!
Whether you’re buying a box for a special someone, saving a bar for a rainy day or treating yourself with a well-deserved endorphin hit, these are the Leeds chocolate shops you need to know about. They’ve turned chocolate-making into a fine art that you can take home and enjoy at your leisure. So next time you need a hit of smooth, velvety goodness, you’ll know exactly where to go!
Chocolate every which way – that’s what awaits you at Hotel Chocolat. This is a veritable wonderland of deliciousness. Batons come in an assortment of flavours, slabs come engraved with birthday wishes, and boxes come filled with caramel cheesecake, treacle tart and carrot cake chocolates. It’s an explosion of flavours you won’t find anywhere else. But there’s more to this Leeds chocolate shop than just, well, chocolate. From coffee to cocktails, gift boxes to subscriptions, they have a little something for everyone here.
Hotel Chocolat, 20 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JS.
A Leeds original that simply demands to be tried. Lauden is the brainchild of Sun and Stephen Trigg, two self-confessed chocoholics. They took it upon themselves to become Leeds’ own expert chocolatiers and launched their own artisan chocolate brand, bringing one-of-a-knd cocoa creations to the city. Their collection, which is wonderfully vast, includes everything from chocolate spread to traditional boxes, vegan truffles and dusted almonds. Order online and you’ll be supporting a beloved independent Leeds chocolate shop.
Browse the Lauden collection and order online.
Charbonnel et Walker
If there were such a thing as chocolate royalty, Charbonnel et Walker would be it. Founded in 1875, it’s one of Britain’s earliest chocolatiers, and you can pick up their delectable handmade chocolates in Victoria Leeds. From luxurious, heart-shaped boxes filled with champagne truffles, to keepsake tins of drinking chocolate, and exquisite bars endued with sea salt, praline and caramel, you’ll find it all in their oh-so-traditional store, along with a pick-and-mix selection. This is luxury chocolate at its finest.
Charbonnel et Walker, 19 County Arcade, Victoria Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BW.
Swiss chocolate, famously smooth – it has to be Lindt. You’ll find their Leeds store in Trinity Leeds and it’s chocolate heaven. The shelves are lined with bars, each one different from the last – sea salt, roasted hazelnuts, chilli – you name it, they’ve got it. And that’s just the beginning. Pick and mix truffles come in an assortment of flavours, as do their gold bunnies, and you certainly won’t be short of boxes (or bags if you prefer) for your money. Their chocolate spread is the ultimate breakfast treat, be sure to try it.
Lindt, Trinity Leeds, Unit 2, 28 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AR.
Okay, this one’s not technically a chocolate shop. Frankly Delicious is a Leeds-based ethical chocolate maker that will send Cadbury’s running for the hills. Available in a medley of local indies, including Zero Muda, Flavour Like Fancy and Perfumed Garden, it’s the bean-to-bar chocolate you’ve dreaming of. They’ve cut out the middle man to put the feel-good back into chocolate. Their distinctive bars come in white, milk and dark form, with a wonderful array of flavours that stray from tart raspberry to tangy orange.
Browse the Frankly Delicious collection and order online.