Consistently rated as one of the top food cities in India, Chennai’s food scene has a lot more to offer than just idlis and sambar. While traditional food has always been a focal point in Chennai, the city has also become a great destination for chocolate connoisseurs in recent years, with a number of gourmet chocolate shops opening up in the city and whipping up a variety of chocolaty delights. Here are some of the best places in the city to treat yourself to some amazing and choice chocolate.
Bakery, Candy Store, Pastry Shop, Indian, European, African, Italian, Belgian, $$$
Le Chocolatier in Chetpet is one of Chennai‘s first standalone boutiques for chocolate lovers and is popular for its wide variety of choices when it comes to gourmet chocolate. A long-time favourite among locals, this chocolate shop is best-known for its chocolate moulds, figurines and custom gift boxes. Apart from local favourites, its menu features a range of chocolate specialities from all around the globe.
The Chocolate Room, Velachery
Bakery, Cafe, Candy Store, European, Northern European, Italian, Belgian, Indian, $$$
This cafe-cum-chocolate shop in Chennai has quickly become a popular spot in the city for its experimentative take on chocolate. Apart from traditional varieties of gourmet chocolate, its menu also features local favourites, such as Belgian Chilli Chocolate. The cafe also serves a wide variety of thick shakes and hot/cold chocolates.
Choc of The Town
Bakery, Candy Store, Indian, European, $$$
This popular chocolate shop in Chennai’s Teynampet neighbourhood is best-known for its customised chocolate boxes and gift options. Started in 2010, over the years, this gourmet chocolate shop has become a local favourite when it comes to handcrafted chocolate and features a menu that includes specialities from all around the world. Apart from global favourites, this chocolate boutique also serves local flavours and specialities, such as the famous Tuticorin Macaroons.
Fabelle Chocolate Boutique
Bakery, Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Candy Store, American, European, Northern European, Belgian, $$$
Located inside the ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai’s Guindy neighbourhood, Fabelle Chocolate Boutique is one of the city’s best-known high-end chocolate shops. A favourite and mainstay at several ITC properties across the country, FCB serves up a variety of elegant chocolate delights ranging from custom chocolate platters to ganache tartlets.
Sandy's Chocolate Laboratory
Bakery, Candy Store, Indian, European, Belgian, $$$
One of the most popular places in Chennai for chocolate somethings, Sandy’s Chocolate Laboratory is known for its experimentative take on chocolate-based delicacies. With a menu featuring specialities from around the world, Sandy’s is particularly popular for its tarts, brownies and cakes, such as their Triple Chocolate Brownie, Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Tart and Nutella ChocoBar.
House of Candy
Candy Store, European, Indian, $$$
A popular chain of candy shops across the country, House of Candy’s first outlet in Chennai opened inside the Forum Vijaya Mall in Vadapalani and has gone on to become one of the best destinations in the city for imported chocolates over the years. Featuring chocolate varieties from around the globe, House of Candy also specialises in customised candies and chocolates.