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Chocolat de Pierre: Chocolate Cafe
This French themed cafe captures the Gallic mood perfectly. Right down to the service. The style is boheme. The chocolate tastes authentically French. The service is just like you'd expect in Paris: the woman looked down her nose at my Estonian wife and the guy spent most of his time chatting with two Englishmen whose main conversation piece was which Baltic country's women were the sexiest. He looked as if I'd handed him a fetid turd when I asked him if he could rinse my infant's dummy. Obviously not what he thought he was being paid for.
The place is very popular with foreigners, which it seems targeted at. It's expensive, somewhat pretentious but probably worth the money. On a different day the result might have been great. In truth it wasn't that bad. I'm just gently mocking them. Go there if you love chocolate.
Chocolats de Pierre: Nice chocolate cafe on a picturesque courtyard
On the strength of glowing reviews on TripAdvisor and a short write up in our "Tallinn In Your Pocket" guidebook, we decided to drop into Chocolats de Pierre to sample their much heralded hot chocolate one afternoon during a visit to Tallinn in April 2011.
Chocolats de Pierre is hidden away on a picturesque courtyard (Meistrite Hoov; Master's Courtyard) just off Vene in the heart of Tallinn's Old Town.
Although the sun was shining and the quaint courtyard tables were calling us, we were drawn inside by the cafe's homely sitting room style decor and cushioned chairs. The reviews that I read prior to our visit commented that visiting Chocolats de Pierre was like sitting in somebody's living room and that's exactly how it was; there were heavily decorated carpets and lamp shades, ornate mirrors and framed paintings on the walls, lots of wooden furniture and a generally cosy atmosphere.
The menu offers a variety of hot and cold drinks and a selection of homemade chocolates, cakes, pastries and light snacks.
We ordered cups of hot chocolate (3.50 Euros each) and were very impressed when they arrived. They were served in tall glasses with a layer of melted chocolate coating the interior of the glass and a milky tasting chocolate drink inside.
Earlier in the day we had visited another highly recommended chocolaterie in Tallinn, Anneli Viik (see separate tip) and I would compare as follows:
Both Anneli Viik and Chocolats de Pierre charge 3.50 Euros for their hot chocolate. In my opinion, the hot chocolate at Chocolats de Pierre was better presented than at Anneli Viik (where it was simply served in a small cup with no added frills), although I slightly preferred the taste of the hot chocolate at Anneli Viik (a darker, more bitter taste compared to Chocolats de Pierre's milkier flavour). Both were very nice though.
Chocolats de Pierre enjoys a better setting in my opinion, being hidden away on a picturesque courtyard, compared to Anneli Viik's streetside location on Pikk, and also offers a more homely feel with its elaborate sitting room decoration compared to Anneli Viik's less ornate but still intimate atmosphere.
As at Anneli Viik, we neglected to sample the homemade chocolates and I am now rueing that decision!
A homely cafe hidden away on a picturesque courtyard and serving hot chocolate and other sweet treats. Recommended!
Chocolaterie Café: Heavenly truffles!
This café focuses on chocolate, in all forms: for drinking, eating and enjoying... =)
Also, the ambience is very cosy, it feels like you're in someone's living room!
I really like the sofas, you can easily spend hours in here... =)
Favorite Dish: My favourite here is the toscana truffle. Big and with a heart of truffle, covered in chocolate...
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Chocolaterie Café: Cosy chocolate coffeehouse
Chocolaterie Café is hidden in an inner courtyard on Vene street in the Tallinn old town, and if you don't know where you are going, you may well walk past the entrance. That would be pity, as the café is an excellent place to hang out for a while, savouring the sweetness of their pastries.
As the name implies, the café focuses on chocolate. You can either buy pralines or then sweet pastries that have some chocolate in or on them. My chocolate croissant was the best I've ever tasted.
The interior of the café is very cosy; it feels like the clock had been turned at least one century backwards. This also means that the chairs are not that comfortable...
The café is quite small and was crowded during our visit, so sometimes you may be out of luck with seating. There is a patio that effectively doubles the number of seats during sunny days.
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Did you love the movie "Chocolat"? Then you might want to try out Tallinn's best chocolaterie. Hidden in the Meistri hoov, a quiet backyard on Vene street, "Chocolats de Pierre" offers fantastic chocolates and pastries. The inside of the cafe looks like in the 1920s (at least that's what MY 1920s look like), but in summertime, you can also sit outside.
Favorite Dish: pastries and chocolates, what else?
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Chocolaterie: Winter warmer
This cosy little chocolate-cum-coffee shop was just the place to chase away the winter chills. With its warm spills of light in dimly lit rooms, chairs sporting cute waistcoats at tables tucked into nooks and crannies and mugs of steaming, rich chocolate, it was the perfect place to while away an hour while the snow whirled around outside. The atmosphere is very intimate - like a quirky Victorianan sitting room stuffed with curios and treasures. Soft background music adds to the ambience rather than being a distraction. As cafes go -it's just about perfect. No wonder its so popular - be prepared for it to be full when you get there.
Favorite Dish: Although coffee and tea are served, chocolate is queen here, the house speciality is top quality melted chocolate served with a stick of cinnamon - served as is or -if your taste is for the exotic -: gorgonzola and grappa, rum and raisin, and chilli (chocolate and chilli have an amazing affinity - try it). The chocolatier-owner makes wonderful goodies in-house and delicious cakes are on the menu too.
This little cafe is like walking into your grandmothers livingroom!! :o) Here you can get coffee sandwiches and yummi cakes or truffles made from scratch.
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