Author: Lexi Sugar
Ah, chocolate. There are so many forms of this scrumptious sweet treat! No wonder there’s even a World Chocolate Day - today, July 7th!
With our hot climate almost year-round, Israel has not always been known as a source of gourmet chocolates like France or Belgium. In fact, you’re more likely to find Israelis indulging in some sweet, nutty halva or cool, creamy malabi. But as the Israeli culinary scene develops and modernizes, a few newbies have joined veteran chocolatiers to make Tel Aviv a worthy competitor in the world of chocolate.
We, the Delicious Israel team, have taken it upon ourselves to hunt down all of the best chocolatiers in Tel Aviv so you, foodies, tourists, and lovers of chocolate can rejoice! Just make sure your chocolate doesn’t melt in the hot Tel Aviv sun.
Tel Aviv Chocolatiers
Leonidas Chocolatier boasts “106 years of fine Belgian Chocolate.” The wide variety of chocolate boxes seem to be endless. A unique option at Leonidas is the “manon cafe blanc” which is made of white chocolate, hazelnut paste and coffee. Leonidas is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and provide top-quality Belgian chocolate.
Cardinal Chocolaterie has been cooking up delicious chocolate since 2006. Created in their “laboratory” on a daily basis, Cardinal prides themselves on producing small batches in order for customers to enjoy the freshness and the aromas of the chocolates. Expect to find classic milks, darks and whites, as well as unique shapes and colors wrapped up in truly gorgeous packaging.
Shlomo Ibn Gabirol St 60, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Trained by the “leading chocolatiers” from France, Ika chocolatiers are serious about their chocolate. With very trendy options, such as lemon flavored praline and Za’atar flavored praline, Ika is a major name in the chocolate world. Ika has many awards under its belt, however one of the most interesting is their status as silver medalists for their Za’atar flavored praline, as decided by the International Chocolate awards in 2016.
Yad Harutsim St 11, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Several branches in Tel Aviv later, Daskalides is still recognized for its “intoxicating scent that attracts an addicted clientele.” With a major focus on praline chocolates, Daskalides also emphasize the blending of flavors. This is evident due to their use of marzipan, hazelnuts and coffee.
Locations; Ibn Gabirol, Herzilya, Sarona Market and Ramat Aviv.