Smooth, dark, rich and utterly enticing, Godiva chocolate is hard enough to walk past in any store. And now, for Harrods customers, it’s going to be almost impossible, since the premium, near-90-year-old brand is opening its first Godiva Chocolate Café in Europe on the second floor of the department store, on Thursday May 24. (There is already one in Shanghai, with another arriving soon in Beijing.) Think Belgian art nouveau meets sparkly, modern Willy Wonka, taps flowing with chocolate, and marble counters displaying fine patisserie, chocolate-covered strawberries, desserts and over 30 types of pralines, ganaches, caramels, fresh creams, marzipans, truffles and carrés.
Godiva’s executive chef chocolatier Thierry Muret and its global chef chocolatier David Funaro, together with Harrods’ executive pastry chef Markus Bohr, have melded their talents to create the mmm-inducing menu for the Café, which includes Godiva’s signature Chocolate Sin Cake, hazelnut délice, chocolate fondue and Chocolixir ice cream with ganache.
Sit comfortably on the leather banquettes, forget the shopping and be seduced by the full cocoa experience – but do please remember that even though this is the Godiva Chocolate Café, you will be expected to keep your clothes on.