Our picks of the best chocolate and dessert venues this Valentine’s
By Darah Sabry
Passionelle traditionally offers heart-shaped boxes for Valentine’s Day following a color scheme of red, silver and gold. They also make chocolate hearts, which are always a great gift.
21 Cleopatra St., Heliopolis. Tel: (02) 2291-4213 / 2414-8078 • 5 El Messaha Sq., Dokki, Giza. Tel: (02) 3336-9570 • 4 Rd. 151, Maadi. Tel: (02) 2358-5263 • 15 El Maraashly St., Zamalek. Tel: (02) 2736-6828 • 25 El Eqbal St., Loran, Alexandria. Tel: (03) 585-0360.
House of Cocoa promises to “raise the bar of the delicious chocolate definition,” and offers “premium-quality chocolates to satisfy different tastes, fulfill every desire and complement each appetite.” In addition to boxed chocolate, they also do signature hot chocolate, crepes, waffles and a chocolate fountain.
17 Cleopatra St., Heliopolis. Tel: (02) 2418-1148 • Downtown Mall, Shop 23, New Cairo • Tel: (02) 2314-6278 • www.bowandark.com
L’Amandine, founded in 1989 in Dokki, is one of the pioneer chocolatiers in Egypt and has made a name for itself with its signature heart-shaped croquant mousse cake.
12 El Mesaha Sq., Dokki • Tel: (02) 3761-9000 / 3760-0361
La Poire has been coming through for its fans for the past two decades, making great chocolates and regularly adding delicious new concoctions. Today the household name serves over 4 million customers across 50 outlets each year.
Tel: 19515 • www.lapoire.me
The Batter Half — a tiny shop located in Zamalek known for delicious cake pops, cakes as well as creative ideas for baked goods — offers baskets decorated with ornate flowers and delicious cupcakes.
17 Mohamed Mazhar St., Zamalek, Cairo • Tel: (02) 2737-0036.
Choco Chocola made a big splash on the gourmet chocolate scene when it opened in the 1990s and has been going strong ever since.
106 Mohi Eldin Abou El Ezz St., Mohandiseen • Tel: (02) 3762-0738 • 11 Hassan Sabry St., Zamalek • Tel: (02) 2738-1540 • 36 Beirut St., Heliopolis • Tel: (02) 2454-9858 • El-Nada Hospital, 54 El-Manial St., Manial • Tel: (010) 0201-1439 • S1 Building at the Down Town Katameya Mall
In addition to its delectable dirt cakes, Dukes is making heart-shaped cakes with red flowers this season. They’re also creating special gift baskets for you to give your loved one on that special day.
51 El Horreya St., Heliopolis. Tel: (02) 24176341/24176349 • Road 90, inside Concord Mall, New Cairo. Tel: (010) 1132-7557 / (011) 1502-7450 / (012) 1054-5944.
Devour sells heart-shaped cupcakes as well as cupcakes with little cupids and personalized messages. It also offers cookie baskets and mini cakes decorated with hearts and funny or romantic messages.
18 El Fawakeh St., Mohandiseen. Tel: (012) 2080-6066.
Touche has made a name for itself with its quality chocolate from both Germany and Belgium. Keeping with tradition, the chocolatier is creating Valentine’s Day baskets full of mouth-watering sweets.
40 Mossadak St., Dokki. Tel: (02) 3761-1631.
Every year, Crumbs bakes up surprises for Valentine’s Day, heating up the cupcake race with heart- and kiss-shaped creations in addition to their renowned 18 flavors. Visit the Zamalek or Maadi stores to check out this year’s concoctions.
5 Ibn El Nabih St., Zamalek. Tel: (010) 0211-5455 • 82 Rd. 9, Maadi, Cairo. Tel: (010) 6668-8778.
Patchi offers enchanting Swiss chocolate for Valentine’s Day in red heart-shaped chocolate boxes — the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
53 Beirut St., Heliopolis. Tel: (02) 24157634 • 15 Lebanon St., Mohandiseen. Tel: (02) 3304-0129 • CityStars, Nasr City. Tel: (02) 2480-2473 • 15C Taha Hussein St., Zamalek. Tel: (02) 2735-3227 • 99 Ahmed Shawky St., Mostafa Kamel, Alexandria. Tel: (03) 3541-0222.
Nola has been making the yummiest cupcakes for years now and will definitely have something special for Valentine’s. A box of chocolate-drizzled cronuts from the gourmet cupcake maker would also make for a delicious alternative to chocolates.
6 Lebanon St., Mohandiseen • 1 Ibrahim Pacha St., Korba,Heliopolis •84 Rd. 9, Maadi • Americana Plaza, 6th October City • www.nolabakery.com et
Melt in the Mouth
New Cairo’s Coppermelt chocolatier and patisserie joins this year’s chocolate fest
By Farah el-Akkad
Located off Road 90 in New Cairo, Coppermelt is set to be one of the strongest contenders for your Valentine’s chocolate box or dessert purchase. The lavish patisserie opened its doors last fall and, “the shop can hardly keep up with orders,” says Coppermelt co-founder Ayman Niazy.
Warm, delicious aromas of softly bubbling milk-chocolate custard, carmelizing sugar and cinnamon waft around you as you walk into the swanky building, leading you straight to the mouthwatering displays. “Our displays very much shape who we are,” says Niazy. “We are very passionate food lovers and our goal as partners is to bring out the best quality of tasteful desserts there is.”
Rich chocolates are available with a variety of scrumptious fillings including meringue, marshmallow, mixed nuts and caramel, Ferrero Roche, blueberry and thyme. Moving along to their desserts, Coppermelt’s signature creations include mud cakes, roasted sweet potatoes topped with nuts and flavored with chestnut cinnamon, as well as macaroons and red velvet cookies. The patisserie features a bistro on the second floor and has already gained a loyal clientele who stop in for sandwiches, hot meals and juices — the latter a blend of hibiscus and ginger, rosewater and mint served in traditional olla pottery cups.
In addition to French pastries and Oriental sweets, Coppermelt also offers fresh dairy desserts including mahalabiya, rice pudding and Om Ali.
Coppermelt • 279 Memmar Buildings, off Road 90, New Cairo • www.facebook.com/coppermelt/timeline