Did you know that some of the world’s tastiest treats can only be found in Britain? From dedicated dessert and chocolate parlours to Art Deco gelaterias, here are a few of our favourite sweet spots.
Chin Chin Club
54 Greek St,
London W1D 3DS
Leave some room for dessert! Dedicated dessert shrine Chin Chin Club opened its first permanent site on Greek Street in Soho. Starting out in Camden Market as a little shop, it’s built a big reputation as one of London’s best ice cream makers. Choose from cult classics like The Brownwich, or newer additions such as The Choux-wich: a choux ice cream bun with raspberry sauce and olive oil ice cream.
59 Ledbury Road,
London W11 2AA
Whether you prefer extra dark or creamy milk, there’s only one rule at this artisan chocolate shop: no chewing! To truly appreciate the depth of flavour, the chocolatiers recommend that customers place a morsel on their tongue and let it linger in their mouths. It may feel silly, but trust us, you’ll be amazed by how many top-notes you can actually taste when you take your time. And who knows, having the restraint to let each piece melt might even keep you from devouring the whole bar all at once.
Can’t decide what to buy? Each Melt location is designed with an open floorplan that encourages visitors to mix and match their own chocolate arrangement. And should you have any questions—or want to see what really goes into making a gold-flecked bonbon—snag a table next to the kitchen and watch the chocolatiers in action.
40 Shorts Gardens,
London WC2H 9AB
As one of the best ice cream places in the capital, don’t be surprised to see queues out the door when the warmer weather hits. Scoop’s gelato is produced fresh daily in true Italian style, using natural raw materials. Choose from refreshing sorbets, milk based ice creams, or signature flavours like Stracciatella.
St Nicholas Market,
16-20 Glass Arcade,
Bristol BS1 1LA
You can find the unique liquid nitrogen ice cream stall, Brozen, at Bristol's St Nick's Market. The brainchild of two brothers, this special ice cream is free from any preservatives and created in front of your eyes. Stay behind the glass and watch on as an operative wearing safety specs uses liquid nitrogen and an electric whisk to make the ice cream. Flavours on offer include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, and a carrot cake special - as well as strawberry and plum sorbets.
York's Chocolate Story
3-4 Kings Square
York YO1 7LD
While other British cities may have been built on steel, coal, and wool, the city of York made its mark thorough much tastier means—chocolate! For nearly 300 years, this picturesque English town has served as one of the UK’s top chocolate manufacturers. While there’s plenty of sweets shops in town for visitors to get their sugar fix (there’s even a full-on chocolate trail to follow), we recommend heading to York’s Chocolate Story for an entertaining and informative look into the city’s history of chocolate-making.
3 Meeting House Lane
Brighton, BN1 1HB
For high-quality chocolate with an artistic flair, look no further than Choccywoccydoodah in the bohemian city of Brighton. Specializing in sculptured fantasies, bespoke wedding cakes, caramel truffles, chocolate pets (the French bulldogs are almost too cute to eat), you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported into Willy Wonka’s wonderland.
Feeling extra decadent? Spend an hour in the Brighton Cake Garden and treat yourself to afternoon tea (or hot chocolate) served with a strawberry champagne ice cream shakes, a dipping platter, and either a wedge of cake or an ice cream sundae.
Mary's Milk Bar
Edinburgh EH1 2HS
For something a little more indulgent head to Mary's Milk Bar and escape to the mid-20th century with this Art Deco style gelateria to sample some world class gelato or some seriously delicious hot chocolate. Flavours change daily and are inspired by seasons and experimentation. The salted caramel will make an impression.
Umpa Lumpa Sweet Shop
10 Windsor Arcade
Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 1JA
No matter your age, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store at Umpalumpa Sweet Shop in Penarth. Offering more than 1,000 treats, ranging from luxury chocolates and nougats that can only be found in Harrods and Selfridges, to classic retro sweets like Cola Cubes, Rhubarb & Custards, and Pear Drops, you’re bound to find the perfect sweet to make you smile. Though it’s tempting to fill up on all of the candy offerings, be sure to save room for a scoop of Mr Creemy ice cream, made right in Tonypandy, Wales.