A premium chocolatier in Switzerland since 1972, Aeschbach Chocolatier uses fair-trade raw ingredients that are also sustainable. Not only will you find exquisite chocolate creations to savour, you can also go on a tour of the attached chocolate museum, ChocoWelt, where you can create your own chocolate bars. Läderach is another chocolate hotspot that’s known for its FrischSchoggi™ (Fresh Chocolate). The Swiss chocolatier also retails vegan chocolate, and we hear it’s plenty delicious! Max Chocolatier is also a hit with its selection of truffles, chocolate bars and Plättli
Singapore: Janice Wong & Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
Award-winning Singaporean pastry chef Janice Wong has learned from some of the world’s best chefs, including Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, Spanish chocolatier Oriol Balaguer and pastry chef Pierre Hermé. Shop online for colourful, artisanal chocolate in Singapore or drop by her eponymous boutique at Orchard Road’s Paragon shopping mall, a quick taxi ride from Fraser Suites Singapore or within strolling distance from Fraser Residence Orchard, Singapore. Alternatively, swing by Laurent Bernard Chocolatier for chocolate gift boxes and a wide range of luxury chocolates that hit the spot.
Sydney: Haigh’s Chocolates and Koko Black
Residents and guests at Fraser Suites Sydney are spoilt for choice when it comes to satiating their chocolate cravings. In addition to the resident chef who whips up Valentine’s Day treats for guests, two of Australia’s finest chocolate purveyors have shops within a breezy stroll of the property. Haigh’s Chocolates has been making fine, artisanal chocolates since 1915 while Melbourne-based Koko Black has quickly developed a following with its enticing handcrafted chocolates. Both chocolatiers offer Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day collections, too.
Shanghai: Zotter Chocolate Theater
Located at the Shanghai International Fashion Center in Yanpu District, an easy taxi ride away from Fraser Suites Top Glory Shanghai as well as Fraser Residence Shanghai, Zotter Chocolate Theater is a unique concept. A smaller outpost of the Austrian original, this chocolatier combines chocolate production, a tasting tour, a chocolate shop and a Viennese-style cafe by Austrian “bean-to-bar” chocolate maker, Josef Zotter, known for his organic and fair trade principles.
Dubai: Boutique Le Chocolat
Styled on the Parisian Salon du Chocolat, this blinged-out boutique in Dubai’s swanky Citywalk – a short taxi ride away from Fraser Suites Dubai – brings an array of renowned international luxury chocolatiers together under one roof. There are over 28 brands at Boutique Le Chocolat, featuring more than 700 chocolate flavours from around the world, whether it’s chocolate artisans from France, Belgium, Japan, Switzerland or the USA. These include hand-crafted chocolate creations from Patrice Chapon (former Buckingham Palace chocolatier); deLafèe, known for gold-flecked chocolates and purveyors of some of the world’s most expensive chocolates; the Guittard Chocolate Factory from San Francisco; and designer chocolates from Roberto Cavalli.