Hot on the Highstreet Week 212 – Shopping in Frankfurt

Freud: Brückenstraße has a great variety of shops. Freud (whose name is inspired by the German word for joy) stocks quirky European brands alongside the owner’s labels, Goyagoya and Lovelove. The clothes and accessories are playful and fun using striking prints and imaginative shapes.

Tia Emma: This multi-coloured little shop is a delight for kids and adult. Crowded shelves display trinkets, stickers, toys, stationery and other useless but wonderful artefacts. You’ll need to sit down after all the excitement, and grab a coffee and slice of cake from the shop’s café.

Apfelweinhandlung: This site was previously home to the beloved concept store Colekt which recently shut. Owner JB’s minimalist shop serves and sells his own brewed apple wine, a Frankfurt specialty. Just 8 Euros a bottle, this delicious brew uses eight types of apples including rare varieties from old German apple trees. Chat to JB about the fascinating process and buy a bottle to take home.

Bitter & Zart: A chocolate shop to inspire and excite. The beautiful interiors wow, with wall art designs by Renata Kos and Oriana Fenwick complementing the cabinets of rainbow hued chocolates. Sit nextdoor in the seductive velvet clad café for Parisian tea or coffee from locally based roaster Jorges.

Designe Kleine! : This miniature design store is definitely worth visiting. Owner Susanne Stahl rents out the display boxes to showcase and sell the work of other designers. There is always an eclectic mix to discover inside, and even when the shop is shut you can use the 24 hour vending machine outside to the shop which dispenses surprise design creations, different every time for 3 Euros a pop.

More information on shopping on the Frankfurt highstreets here.

Hot on the Highstreet Week 152

Chocolate has never been my vice, though even I understand too well the pangs of cocoa cravings at the end of a meal. The palate naturally desires a sweet conclusion to a meal. And despite not being an obsessed fan I can appreciate the taste of good chocolate.

In Grenada last year I experienced cocoa farming first hand… Learning about the qualities of the cocoa bean, the unusual process and the miraculously final product. This sustainable and ethically sourced raw ingredient is exactly what chocolatier Amelia Rope preaches… Making a single origin collection that is “all about quality, taste, purity and indulgence.” Alongside her brilliant brand of delicious chocolate she hopes one day to build a Chocolate Education Foundation to teach everyone about the whole story of chocolate and emphasise the importance of the geographical, sociological and cultural aspects of this worldwide indulgent snack.

Amelia Rope has always been interested in food and eventually found her way into confectionary following a course at Valhrona in France at ‘Les Bonbons de Chocolat’. She was immersed completely in cocoa and has never looked back opening up her own luxurious chocolate brand in 2007.

Beautifully wrapped and perfectly packaged these chocolates look as good as they taste. Dark and light varieties are available in bars, slabs and cubes and Amelia even offers the option of personalising your own product for a particular project or special occasion. I can imagine creating an eccentrically pink variety of rose flavoured chocolate to match the Thoroughly Modern Milly website!

I was sent two appropriately pink bars to sample. Aromatic, rich and tasty you only need a mouthful to satisfy your cravings. Fragrant rose flavoured milk and dark chocolate, are girly but grown up.

Chocolate has never tasted, felt and looked so good. Focus your fixes on Amelia Rope chocolates and you’ll never look back.

Visit Amelia’s website and buy her chocolate here: www.ameliarope.com

The Boulevard’s Chocolate Buffet, Four Seasons Hotel, Beirut

Perhaps the highlight of our stay at the Four Seasons Hotel was the extravagant tea, ‘The Boulevard’s Chocolate Buffet,’ an absolute must for chocoholics, those with a sweet tooth or just people that like eating pretty things.

The display was beautiful, an array of carefully constructed cakes, truffles, mousses, lollipops, gateaux and every other cocoa treat imaginable. We stumbled across it after returning ravenous from our Walk Beirut tour and couldn’t believe our luck. Staring captivated like little kids, a waiter came over smiling and explained the assortment in detail offering to pick a selection for us to sample with tea.

It was quite honestly like a fairytale come true, every single mouthful offering new tastes and textures. It was the work of true artist, Pastry chef Charles Azar who has created a chocolate menu to rival the best Parisian patisseries.

So much chocolate… so little time. ‘The Boulevard’s Chocolate Buffet’ takes place at The Four Seasons Hotel Beirut, Friday to Sunday, from 3pm.

5 USD per piece or 32 USD for unlimited buffet!

Visit the website for more information here.

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