The Top 5 Places to visit for Chocolate in Doha!
By: Rachel CharlieMany nations seem to have a fondness for sugary snacks and it seems that the Middle East is no exception. I discovered recently that the English word Sugar actually derives from the Arabic word Sukkar. The English word Candy also comes from the Arabic Quandi
I have put together a list of the top 5 places in Doha to visit for the best chocolate treats! The five were chosen with regard to pricing, location and most importantly the quality and taste of the goods offered…It was a difficult job but someone had to do it!
- Maya La Chocolaterie, Landmark Mall and Villagio Mall, Doha
The first thing that you notice when you walk in to Maya is the sweet chocolaty smell of good times. Secondly you notice the industrial sized “chocolate filled” tubes that connect large drums of swirling chocolate to the back of the service counter.
At the risk of upsetting some of my younger readers, and the naïve, I must tell you that the chocolate tubes at Maya are not really filled with liquid chocolate - Sorry! However the chocolate that you see churning around in the drums is real and it gets replenished a few times each year.
There is plenty of fun to be had at La Chocolaterie with the various drinks, fondues and dipping options available. I love the speciality hot chocolate which is served in Maya’s distinctive, round, candle lit pot. The milk and chocolate drops come separately and you mix them to taste in pot’s well of warm milk. You then use the small silver spoon-straw provided to drink the delicious mixture.
The chocolate drops need to be added to the milk quickly because the quality of the chocolate is such that everyone at your table will be tempted to eat the little drops as they are, leaving you with a less than exciting well of warm milk. Maya’s chocolate is deliciously rich, the fondue is heavenly and real chocolate connoisseurs appreciate the quality and depth of flavour in the goods here.
- Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar, The Pearl, Doha
The Chocolate Bar café is a bright and breezy American import, situated on the harbour side of Porto Arabia at the Pearl in Doha. This place offers an impressive array of merchandise and the interior is stylish in a modernist sort of a way. The Chocolate Bar offers an appealing, affordably priced breakfast and lunch menu but best of all are the uber chocolaty, ice cold shakes and sumptuous desserts that they serve. The home-made slightly salted chocolate brownie and ice cream is a must eat! This dessert is big enough to share but good enough that you won’t want to!
One good thing about eating out at the Pearl is that you can have a long walk around the harbour afterwards. I find that this helps to lessen the guilt of my indulgency.
- Red Velvet Cupcakery, Katara Cultural Village, Doha
The interior of the Red Velvet Cupcakery is best described as a cross between Tim Burton’s, Charlie and the Chocolate factory and Stanley Kubrick’s, 2001 a space odyssey.
Most visitors, including myself are lured in by the cute cupcake shaped arm chairs outside the establishment, but those in the know come for the delicious and sumptuous Cupcakes on offer. Red Velvet offers a whole host of flavours from Peanut butter to Lemon and back again but personally I’m interested in the cupcakes which feature the world renowned Valrhona chocolate from France.
The devil’s food cupcake is undoubtedly the chocolatiest of them all, the sponge is fine and moist and the bittersweet chocolate ganache topped with gold leaf is intense! The Southern belle and Black velvet creations are two other cupcakes which make for a lighter yet just as delicious chocolate experience at this eatery.
- Jeff de Bruges, Lagoona Mall and Almana Towers, Doha
This chain of Belgian chocolate stores was founded by a Frenchman named Philippe Jambon. The range reportedly has all the quality of great Belgian chocolate with an added twist of French chic but to be honest what most people seem to be enamoured with is the taste! These chocolates are creamy, rich and definitely luxurious. Top favourites include the Sevillana- a blend of Dark chocolate ganache with candied orange pieces and the Jeff- an old fashioned soft caramel. (Caramel was invented by the Arabs!)
Apparently the Cornet style chocolates are the best seller at Jeff de Bruges in Doha, they come beautifully foil wrapped and are seriously rich! The fortunate thing about these chocolates, depending on your point of view, is that a good sized bag of them is priced just high enough to make them a monthly rather than daily treat.
- La Cigale Hotel, C Ring Road, Doha
La Cigale Hotel is set on the C-Ring road in Doha. It is home to a number of high class bars and restaurants and it has an attractive and stylish outdoor seating area set just off the main road. Chocoholics are truly spoilt by the number of amazing chocolate sweets available here. The delicatessen style counters on the ground floor host row upon row of beautifully hand crafted deserts and patisseries, ice creams and fresh chocolates to eat in or take away. The Tiramisu is perfect and the Toblerone ice cream should be experienced by all fans of the famous triangular Swiss chocolate; at 14QR it really is a great scoop!
The quality of the goods at La Cigale is certainly fine and the small touches make all the difference.
I hope that you have enjoyed this list and that it will help you to seek out some Chocolate revelry in Doha for yourself!
Obviously there are plenty of great places in Qatar that chocolate lovers enjoy but detailing more than five places might have become a little sickly. If you have your own favourites please let me know…
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Contest Comments » There are 19 comments
Sold! The battle against the Doha stone continues
Chocolate is definitely my guilty pleasure!! The description of the places and most of all of those delicious treats in this article make me want desperately some chocolate and of course go and visit those places as soon as possible! Thank you for the valuable informations you provide to us chocolate lovers!!
I hadn't even heard of two of these places - thanks for the tip! I've been a fan of the Pearl's Chocolate Bar ever since I discovered chocolate shots. Each one is an espresso cup full of melted chocolate, thick and warm and only just liquid enough to drink... mmm.
All sounds fabulous and haven't tried one yet! So will be doing them all next week! Yum!
Great article! I really enjoyed reading it and even though I'm suppose to be dieting, I think I'll grab a chocolate bar on the way home :).
loved reading about all the different chocolate shops in doha, so jealous that i'm the other side of the world to them!
Chocolate Bar Doha- Amazing view from the terrace while sipping in hot hazelnut flavoured hot chocolate--mmmmmm. Very relaxing atmosphere along with great desserts!!! Love going there with my girfriends, so much variety:-)
I have been in chocolate bar restaurant @ pearl qatar, its really awesome guys, perfect location n venue to spent some quality times with ur luved ones. thumbs up
Chocolate bar at the pearl is by far is my favorite place, Great MENU, attentive service and not to forget the great location with an amazing view of the marina. i go there often and its is always a fantastic place to spend great time with friends or family. I highly suggest chocolate bar
So lovin chocolate bar in tpq..been craving for their chocolate fondue lately..
Definitely to Chocolate Bar in The Pearl. I'd loved every kick of their espresso. I have been there during the weekend with my friends. And a 20 min drive from my workplace in Doha to The Pearl wouldn't cost me much of my time just to grabbed a single espresso and an oven freshly baked Cookies with another cup of their Spicy Hot Chocolate for my colleague.
I have to say, I didn't expect to find out about so many chocolate places in Qatar! Now if only China can catch up...at least where I live anyway!
Chocolate bar is the great place for chocolates and desserts.spwcially the LAVA CAKE full of dark chocolate inside and a scoop of ice cream the side together with a very hot chocolate for a drink plus the beautiful place and amazing service.
Great article Rach :-) You could convert me to the chocolate side yet! Love the look of the place with the cup cake chairs x
Time well spent for a confessed chocaholic, a fun and interesting read. Hot choc sounds amazing. That american style brownie looks familiar!? 'Big enough to share'...or not! x
With so few places in Doha where you can actually sit outside and not hear traffic - well during the 'winter' months anyway, I enjoy tucking into a nice cold chocolate shake at the Chocolate Box. Good advice about walking it off, especially if you plan on visiting all these places...
Good work, Rachel - your article makes me smile! I would happily be a regular at one or all of these places! An English Easter egg isn't quite the same...
Great stuff - I have put on 2 kilos just looking at this! Creamy chocolate caramel + a glass of Shropshire Gold = BLISS xx from Shropshire
Would it be bad to try all five of these in one day? I think several walks around the Pearl would be in order :) I really like the Jeff de Bruges poster. A great read, good stuff Rachel.