One of the best things about moving to a new city is that you get to start over again with exploring and finding new favourite places. You have longer than a weekend or week’s holiday to find the places that the locals hang out in, but there’s also not that feeling of hurry – you have all the time in the world to find them.
Last week I went to one of the less “local” and more obvious places. But I loved it all the same. It’s Chocolate House, a stones throw (literally) from the Grand Duke’s palace in the centre of Luxembourg City.
Downstairs in the narrow old building is a display of cakes bound to make the most committed dieter think again, as well as multiple mounds of home made chocolates (the Easter eggs and bunnies taking over at this time of year).
Locate the stone spiral staircase in the corner of the room and you’ll find a lovely cafe on the first floor, from where you can spy on the Grand Duke’s soldier, on guard outside the palace. Their speciality is all things chocolate (of course) but they do also do breakfast and lunch items.
It was still morning when I met my friend there so I went for a hot chocolate – they bring you a steaming cup of hot milk and your choice of chocolate spoon. And when I say choice, I mean there are about thirty different varieties to choose from, including those with added baileys, whisky or amaretto.
It was almost empty when we were there but my friend told me that it is popular enough to fill up quickly on weekends and holidays. And it may well be where the tourists go, but this “local” will go back again…