Wine aficionados have long had their vineyard and winery tours. Now chocoholics can also experience the best of a city through its chocolate with the help of several companies across the country.
Self-described chocolate maniac Valerie Beck offers guided chocolate tours in Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia. In the Windy City, visitors gain access behind-the-scenes to celebrated bakeries, cafés, and chocolate shops in the Loop and the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast, while her Boston tour offers a trek down Newbury Street, with stops at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, Kickass Cupcakes, and Robin’s Candy. chicagochocolatetours.com, $40/tour; bostonchocolatewalkingtours.com, $40/tour
In Seattle, Chocolate Box offers two separate tours: one for solid chocolate and one for liquid, or hot chocolate, aficionados. The Tour de Haut Chocolate focuses on all forms of liquid chocolate in a variety of shops throughout the city. (sschocolatebox.com/tour-de-haut-chocolate, $39/tour) Meanwhile, a thousand miles down the coast, Beverly Hills Walking Chocolate Tours proves that not everyone visiting the exclusive neighborhood and shopping district is interested in seeing celebrities or Rodeo Drive fashion. The tour pulls back the curtain to reveal that Beverly Hills is actually a mecca of chocolate, transporting visitors to the crème de la crème of chocolate shops and bakeries in the city, including Vosges-Haut Chocolat, Coupa Café, and Beverly Hills Brownie Company. beverlyhillschocolatetours.com, $50/tour