Bye-bye Hershey's, so long Jet! Choco Museo’s arrival on Cartagena’s iconic plaza, Plaza Fernandez de Madrid, is the beacon of chocolaty hope you’ve been smacking your lips for.
Address: Plaza Fernandez de Madrid, Cartagena, Colombia
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Sliced into three separate slabs, ChocoMuseo, meaning Chocolate Museum, offers a comprehensive three course taster session into the elaborate chocolate making experience.
You could almost argue that chocolate has become the new coffee, if it wasn’t for the amazing coffees that Choco Museo also sell in their cafe (more on that later).
The front consists of a shop selling not only dark, milk and white chocolate in various shapes and sizes, but also teas, trinkets and chocolate-derived body treatments and candles so your body and surroundings can taste and smell like a human size Snickers bar.
For those that want to know what happens before you unwrap a bar of chocolate, waltz into the middle room where you'll find the ‘museum’, with information explaining the history and process of our favourite treat.
If all that coco-staring spurs your appetite, you can indulge in a hot chocolate (for research purposes) and a delicious chocolate snack (ditto) in their well-stocked cafe.
If the shop, cafe and all those free samples weren’t enough, they have one more treat in store that will well and truly floor any Willy Wonka fan: a chocolate making factory where you can make your own chocolate!
Book one of their chocolate making masterclasses to learn how to create a chocolate selection of your very own from scratch with one of their multi-lingual maestros. There you’ll beat, grind and smash coco beans before cooking, shaping and decorating your own tray to take home with you.
Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.
Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area.
Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.
The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.
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