If you’ve ever heard of the Patagonian city of Bariloche, you’ve probably heard “chocolate” mentioned in the same breath. This Alpine town takes after its European forefathers in its hunger for chocolate, and the entire region is littered with delicious chocolatiers just waiting for you to come in and sample their wares. These are the best places to try chocolate in Bariloche, Argentina.
The daddy of Bariloche’s chocolate scene, Mamuschka is replete with every type of chocolate imaginable, from white chocolate Baileys-filled eggs to bars of 90% cocoa dark chocolate. Stepping into the store’s red interior feels like setting foot inside Santa’s grotto, and you get the feeling that every day is Christmas Day in Mamuschka. For the full experience, take a seat in the cafe at the back and order one of the thickest hot chocolates you will ever taste. Pure indulgence.
Mamuschka, Mitre 298, Bariloche, Argentina +54 294 442-3294
Another serious contender for the top spot of Bariloche’s chocolate kingdom is Rapa Nui, an art-deco inspired chocolaterie and ice-cream shop that will keep you occupied for an hour or two. This sprawling premises has numerous rooms selling everything from chocolate animals to gift packages of chocolate, and behind the cafe, which serves tasty treats as well as quick bites, is the pièce de résistance of Rapa Nui’s offering: an indoor ice-skating rink. Oh, and don’t miss the chocolate fountain in the window.
Rapa Nui, Mitre 202, Bariloche, Argentina +54 294 443-3999
Welcome to the Kingdom of Chocolate! This chocolate emporium will satisfy both kids and adults alike, and anyone who has a particular fondness for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will feel right at home here. The staff are dressed in quirky little outfits and the white and turquoise branding is reminiscent of fantastical candy stores. Check out their famous alfajores, a traditional Argentine cookie.
Del Turista started out as a small family-run business way back in 1969, when the village of Bariloche was a far cry from what is it today. Deeply rooted in the Swiss-Italian traditions of Alpine chocolate making, Del Turista keeps these values alive today and counts itself as Argentina’s answer to the famous European chocolate of Switzerland, Belgium or France. Their shop is something of a chocolate department store, so don’t be afraid to go wild and try out the multitude of different varieties they have in store.
Del Turista, Mitre 239, Bariloche, Argentina +54 294 442-2124
Another stalwart of the chocolate landscape in Bariloche is Frantom. With a number of stores throughout the city, they are definitely one of the most visible chocolate presences in town, as well as being one of the best. As well as having their main location in the centre of town, on the entrance to Bariloche they also have a factory, so you know you’re getting your chocolate right from the source. The shop in town also has a cafe so you can enjoy your chocolate with some delicious coffee.
Frantom, Mitre 201, Bariloche, Argentina +54 294 442-2437
Havana is the king of modern coffee culture in Argentina. Their alfajores are the country’s favourite, and make the perfect gift for you to bring back home. In Bariloche, Havana takes chocolate to a new level by operating Bariloche’s very own chocolate museum. Take a guided tour around the museum and check out the on-site factory where Havana produces their goods, then sample some of their products in the cafe afterwards. This is a great idea for a rainy day when you don’t feeling like braving a trek in the cold.
Havana, Av. Exequiel Bustillo 1200, Bariloche, Argentina +54 294 443-3575
Chocolate just like grandma used to make, or at least that’s the idea at Abuela Goye. With their little old lady mascot, complete with apron and an overflowing bowl of chocolate, Abuela Goye reminds us of a simpler time, when all you needed was a warm fire and some tasty chocolate.
Abuela Goye Bariloche, Mitre 252, Bariloche, Argentina +54 294 442-9856