Old Town and Chocolate Gems Tour Zürich

Zürich, Switzerland

Experience hosted by Stephanie

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in German and English
A local favorite
Often booked by people who live nearby.

What you'll do

We will go on a stroll through the beautiful old town of Zürich and visit artisan high-end chocolatiers and confectioneries. Some of them are traditional family owned businesses that have been around for up to six generations, others are small craft chocolate makers, which have just started their journey into the highly interesting, inspiring and delicious field of cacao. On route, you will learn about Swiss chocolate history, discover chocolate as an artisan handcraft and learn how to sense some of the 600 aromas that can be contained in cacao. We will sample various sweet specialties at every stop along the way and will sit-down in a historical 19th century café at the end of our 2,5hour tour for a final tasting session where you will also get to try cacao beans and some more unusual creations, while you learn about the whole process of chocolate making.
Other things to note
The tour takes place shine or rain, please bring your own umbrella in case it should be raining on the day of the tour.
We will go on a stroll through the beautiful old town of Zürich and visit artisan high-end chocolatiers and confectioneries. Some of them are traditional family owned businesses that have been around for up to six generations, others are small craft chocolate makers, which have just started their journey into the highly interesting, inspiring and delicious field of cacao. On route, you will learn about Swiss chocolate history, discover chocolate…

What's included

  • Food
    Sampling at every stop, sit-down tasting, sweet gift away for each particip...
  • Drinks
    Water

Meet your Host, Stephanie

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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As a Swiss-Colombian, I grew up at the cultural root of cacao and chocolate. I found my true passion for the Food of the Gods (as cacao is called botanically) though when I moved back to Switzerland after some years abroad and started to re-discover the sweet side of my home country. I became fascinated by the rich history and interesting processing behind chocolate and how is has been an important and valuable crop for so many different civilizations across time and space, from the ancient Mesoamerica to this tiny country in the middle of Europe, Switzerland. Out of my interest grew a passion: I started to visit all the traditional artisan confectioneries and chocolatiers I grew up with as a child and to seek out new craft chocolate brands. I visited cacao plantations in tropical countries, participated in cacao ceremonies and once in while attempted to make my own truffles. Wanting to share my love for chocolate and the beauty of Switzerland with friends and visitors from all around the world, I've put together a tour of my favorite chocolatey corners in Zürich.
As a Swiss-Colombian, I grew up at the cultural root of cacao and chocolate. I found my true passion for the Food of the Gods (as cacao is called botanically) though when I moved back to Switzerland after some years abroad and started to re-discover the sweet side of my home country. I became fascinated by the rich history and interesting processing behind chocolate and how is has been an important and valuable crop for so many different civilizations across time and space, from the ancient Mes…
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Where you'll be

We will visit artisan high-end family owned chocolatiers in their 3rd,4th and up to 6th generation as well as some small newcomers while we enjoy the historic center of the city and learn about Swiss chocolate history. While you discover chocolate as an artisan handcraft you will be sampling various sweet specialties, such as a tonka and salt flavoured praline, Dom Perignon Champagne truffle and the most famous macarons of the city among many other delicious treats. Last but not least, we will sit down and relax at a lovely 19th century historical café in the liveliest district of the old town, while enjoying a guided tasting and going back to the roots with raw and roasted cocoa beans.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 30 reviews.

One World Home GmbH
March 2020
Our nephew Diego enjoyed every minute of the descriptions and great stories of de origins and refinements of swiss chocolate! He also loved the fantastic tour of Zürich special historical places and its amazing world famous chocolate shops. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with our nephew Diego! Corinne
Dean
February 2020
Stephy was on-time and provided wonderful insight into the history of chocolate and how it became a Swiss thing. The tour and sampling was first class.
Daniel
November 2019
Stephanie's tour was incredible and I highly recommend it when visiting Zurich! Her extensive knowledge compared with all the delicious chocolate is an incredible combination. She took us to about 6 different places and explained the history of each one.
Rebecca
September 2019
You must go on this tour! Not only is Stephanie is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about chocolate, she is an amazing guide that will give you a tour that feels almost bespoke. Also all the chocolate you get to try makes it well worth the value.
Nicholas
September 2019
Stephanie provided a great, personal experience. She is wealth of knowledge behind Chocolate, the history of chocolate and cocoa, and how it relates to Switzerland. Visiting a handful of unique chocolate/sweets shops was great, and all of them had something very different to offer. I highly recommend doing this experience with Stephanie. You will not regret it.
Frances
August 2019
Definitely recommend this tour - you may think it’s pricy but for what you get it’s worth it - stephanie’s passion for her subject is infectious

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 10 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Since it is a walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.