Sometimes, I feel like I’m not taking advantage of the fact that I live so close to New York City. The city has so much to offer at any given time, and I often fall into a repetitive pattern with the places I go and the activities I part take in. However, I ventured out last week for a new outing: the Great New York City Tours Chocolate Tour. (Alert: Check Groupon! There were great deals for the tickets for this tour.)
I didn’t expect too much going in, although most of the reviews online were positive and it seemed like the perfect thing to do on a sunny day (it is all outdoors for the most part!). I was surprised by how great the tour was – the samples were surprisingly fairly generous and I didn’t find the walking to be too crazy of an amount. The tour guide Brendan was quirky but knowledgable!
The tour starts in front of Chelsea Market, and my group was a little over 20 people which was the perfect amount – not too crazy. The tour doesn’t stop in Chelsea Market, so if you are interested, budget extra time to visit and walk around first!
I think each Chocolate tour goes to a different combination of places depending upon day and time (there are about 9-10 places listed on the website). My tour happened to stop at 7 stops, which I thought was a reasonable amount!
My tour visited the following places. Below is a description of the various places taken directly from the Great New York Tours Website:
- Lilac Chocolates Roaring twenties candy shop that remains a cult fave, a fine selection of homemade mocha truffles, maple walnut fudge, and chocolate cream rolls. The almond bark is to die for!
- Chocolate Bar Chocogasm pioneer Alison Nelson brings the real taste of chocolate to the West Village!
- Magnolia Bakery It’s a crime to go to NYC and not try one of these cupcakes!
- Milk & Cookies No chocolate tour would be complete without a warm baked chocolate chip cookie.
- Bisous Ciao Luxurious and chic French macarons inspired by Paris and created in downtown NYC.
- Xocolatti’s Soho’s newest and most innovative chocolatier, try the mango paprika slate and see what the fuss is about.
- Vosges Designer chocolates spiced with an array of exotic flavors ranging from allspice to ginger to hemp seed to wasabi!
My personal favorites were Magnolia Bakery, Milk & Cookies, and Bisous Ciao. The samples at Magnolia Bakery and Milk & Cookies were surprisingly fairly generous, and the macaron at Bisous Ciao was absolutely amazing – I will definitely be going back for more (try the dark chocolate!). I may be committing a blogging sin by saying this, but I think the Bisous Ciao macarons are way better than the Laudree ones!
The weather was absolutely perfect on the Saturday I went, and it made me love the City even more. I definitely want to live in NYC after I graduate from college. I know it’s not always as glamorous as it appears to be, but regardless, I absolutely love it and look forward to the day when I can call it home!
What’s your favorite NYC outing?