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Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

By Wednesday, January 30, 2013 , , ,

Friday after sorting out our transportation and museum passes, we took the U-bahn to the French Square in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarkt. I'd been hoping that since last week was the 50 year anniversary of the Élysée Treaty reconciling Germany and France there might be something special going on here, but alas, there was not. Still, it's a pretty neat square to visit:

But what we were really going for was Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers.

This place was amazing. It's a very charming shop (one of the people working there wore a top hat) filled with chocolates and chocolate sculptures:

Yep, that's really chocolate!

Upstairs there is a cafe, where you can enjoy super fancy hot chocolate and little cakes:

The hot chocolate was so rich it came with a little glass of water.

I actually didn't care for the cakes as much as for the hot chocolate. The one I got was filled with nougat which normally I like but this one was hazelnut flavored, and I wouldn't have ordered it if the menu mentioned that. They were also quite heavy tasting, which I suppose some people would find absolutely luxurious, but reminded me of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of my mouth.

Overall, this was a very memorable cafe and shop, and it's definitely worth a look. The upstairs cafe has a beautiful view of the Genarmenmarkt, and the hot chocolate was heavenly. But if I got back,  I'll either skip the cakes or just split one.

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  1. Oh man. That's intense! I love touring chocolate facilities, though. Maybe there's somewhere you can watch it being made?