Bar du Chocolate is a reminder that there is absolutely no need to resort to chain coffee shops. For one, you are unlikely to come across voluptuous nude murals in your typical identikit plastic coffee shop. Neither will you experience so much fun and tounge-in-cheek decadence.
Bar du Chocolate is a small chocolate bar owned by the Choccywoccydoodah team selling cakes, milkshakes, truffles, their infamous Belgian hot chocolate, oh and coffee, yes see... no need for the identikits. Worth a go is their dipping pots.
There is also a little room with red velour sofas that can be hired out for £200 and they will put on an all-you-can-eat-spread of treats. Great for birthdays or a fun hen party.
And if you want even more chocolate, the Choccywoccydoodah shop is just round the corner in Duke Street, which really is a sight to behold with their zany creations.
I had such high hopes for Choccywoccydoodah's cake emporium Bar du Chocolat. I imagined meeting friends there and catching up over steaming mugs of coffee and plates of mouthwatering cake. I imagined going in on a rainy day and taking refuge in a slice of devil's food cake. I imagined renting the Choccywoccyboudoir for a special occasion and watching everyone happily indulge in chocolate dipping pots and bowls of chocolate truffles.
More fool me.
From the outside, Bar du Chocolate ticks all the right boxes. It's small and cosy, it has intimate seating for couples or small groups and it serves a small selection of impressive looking layer cakes. Unfortunately, everything else about it sucks. The service is poor, the coffee weak and watery and the cakes verge on criminal. I knew it was a bad sign when I asked what the four different cakes were and were told they were 'all chocolate' but I went ahead and ordered two different slices anyway.
More fool me. Really.
Both cakes tasted identical even though they were decorated differently. They also tasted dry and dissappointing. The icing was ludicriously sweet and grainy and the cake itself was bland and tasteless. We ate a couple of spoon-fulls and went home to bake our own cake.
I've never bought anything from this shop and probably never will. I'm the strange person who is looking into the fabulous window displays made from Chocolate trying hard not to drool and twitch!
The quality and the skill displayed in these chocolate creations certainly impresses me as I never thought chocolate could be used to create great displays. I do wonder whether they ever get eaten as they are so purty!
If you like chocolate or cake, you haven't really lived until you've been here. At Choccy's you'll find the most extravagantly rich and impressive cakes that might have ever been made.
You can get various hot drinks as well, but it's the cake that has to be tried. The cafe is very alternative; decorated with sculptures and extremely brightly coloured walls. It's all very Brighton, risqué and just downright cheeky.
Lindt call themselves "master chocolateers", but I think that title is reserved for those working at Choccywoccydoodah. If the cakes aren't enough, then check out the nearby shop. They sell cakes and chocolate that defy the limits of gravity and logic.
This place is pure heaven for any chocolate lover. Its black exterior and dark red interior showcases its decadence and draws people to the magnificent window display, dominated at the moment by a humungous Alice In Wonderland 3 tier cake.
Inside there are bags and eggs, cakes and biscuits, truffles, chocolate covered popcorn bars and Belgian chocolate sculpted cats, giant heavy chocolate bars, handmade chocolate pigs and chicks, even Buddhas and full tea sets.
They've gone a bit mad for Easter at the moment, so hanging from the ceiling like balloons are bunches of Easter eggs, and supermarket egg boxes with homemade chocolate eggs inside line the displays.
But it's the giant four ft milk chocolate egg leant up against the wall that has everyone excited. I didn't check how much it was, and this is probably for the best. Whoever does buy it though, should probably book an appointment with their dentist pretty soon.
Well, this is a strange little place (think Hansel & Gretel or Santas Grotto meets Graham Norton)
The interior decoration is worth a visit alone, but be warned, if you order hot chocolate it is served to you VERY VERY sweet.
(Personally I found the proportion of sugar to be completely sickly and would prefer to add my own but regrettably this place doesn't offer you the choice.sniff sniff)
This shop could be very dangerous for you if you happen to be on a diet or just watching your weight as the cakes and chocolates on offer are absolutely delicious.
Specialists in chocolate cake the people at Choccywoccydoodah are only to happy to fill you with samples of their work knowing full well that you will not be able to resist spending money once you have tried their goods.
Just the smell of this shop made my mouth water and if you are in the Brighton area you simply have to pop in and see the amazing goods these fantastic people make.
These cakes look utterly amazing - a real true work of art.
The real problem is that they taste rubbish.
They cost a small fortune - something like £40 for a very very very small work of art that tastes (in my opinion) a little bit mouldy and dry.
Not worth the price.
This quirky little cafe hidden around the corner from duke street is a great way to have a break from the bustling shopping streets. Obviously affiliated with the Choccywoccydoodah store on Duke Street, they are obviously known for one thing and one thing only: Chocolate. Although their chocolate is a little overpriced in terms of the quality of chocolate you get, you do get massive portions at the "chocolate bar". Personally, I do think you can get better quality chocolate elsewhere, but you can't get the same experience anywhere else. Definitely a "must-see" if you are visiting Brighton.
Several of my friends have had wedding cakes from here and they truly are the dogs danglers. Very expensive for what is effectively chocolate cake but worth it for the extravagance alone! The cafe is also fantastic although a bit of a luxury for us poor student types :)
It just wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a visit to the capital of confectionery on Duke Street. Melt your loved one's heart with choccy goodies declaring It started with a kiss. Edible glitter, praline and mouth-watering chocolate; does love get any more tempting?
Amazing Chocolate sculptures/cakes for birthdays and occasions absolutely decadent, seeing is believing.
Such a great shop, full of chocolate (of course) and so many cool cakes. My sister got her wedding cake made by them and it was the biggest white chocolate cake ive ever seen, it was amazing, and tasted as good as it looked! It does get really busy in here at times, i love the shop window (although i wonder if the chocolate is past its sell by date from being sat in the window for ages!) display and the staff are really friendly, great for wedding cakes, and also just to pop in and treat yourself to some yummy chocolate, great for christmas too.
I have always loved window shopping here its just the most visually amazing place to see and they do some amazing things with cakes, but when i actually had one for my birthday i was not that impressed it was nothing to amazing design wise my choice and i wonder if thats why the cake its self was actually not very nice it was very dry and not very sweat for a chocolate cake. a bit pricey but thats part of the experiences
The cakes look wonderful, but frankly the taste is not up to scratch. And the cafe is tatty, and they'd run out of basics the twice I've been in. Press your nose against the window of the shop, for sure but for your proper chocolate fix nip to Montezuma's opposite instead.
Choccywoccydoodah is like a chocolate museum. I am always amazed by there incredible chocolate sculptures on display in their window. Although I have to say I have never bought anything, only gazed in wonder at how they do it! I would say, have a look for yourself.
We visited both the shop and cafe in Brighton on a recent weekend away. Both are tiny I hadn't realised just how small.
The cafe looked incredibly run down. From the outside we actually wondered if it was open. All the windows were covered with condensation and you couldn't see inside. Once inside it just felt quite grubby to be honest it needs a good deep clean, some fresh paint, a de-cobwebbing exercise.
The menu is relatively small. I thought my strawberry milkshake was gorgeous and my husband enjoyed his hot chocolate. He had a chocolate dipping pot, which came with marshmallows, strawberries, chocolate pretzels and turkish delight. I had chocolate cake which came with icecream, marshallmallows and was all covered in raspberry coulis and drizzed in chocolate. The cake was dry and a bit tasteless. The portion was enormous and impossible to finish.
However, the most annoying thing about our visit was the staff. The were lovely and helpful at the table but once they were in the servery area, quite frankly they became unbearable. They were singing at the pitch or their voices, shouting, cracking the most stupid jokes it went on and on. It became embarrassing and totally spoiled our visit.
All in all very disappointing.
The choccywoccydoodah at this address on Middle Street- around the corner from their shop- is in fact their Bar du Chocolat, a cafe serving cake, coffee and milkshakes. The outside of the cafe is black with white words written out proclaiming their tempting wares. The interior is as creative and unusual as their shop with fantastical shaped sofas and chairs in red and purple velvet. The small kitchen serves up coffee- decent but not outstanding, milkshakes- very good, with decent ice-cream, and cake. The cakes are laid out on several shelves with each one made up of at least three layers of cake and icing. I was so excited at the giant slab of chocolate cake that they brought to my table that my heart raced- or was it crying out in fear?! I find that most cafes serve slices of cake that are way too tiny and charge a fortune so whilst the prices are about the same here at least the sizes are super generous..way over the top some might say! When I finally bit into it however I was immediately disappointed- the buttercream was more icing sugar than chocolate and tasted sickeningly sweet without any chocolatey richness and the cake was dry and tasteless. Serves me right for being so greedy I guess. Disappointing though. Can you imagine if something that looked this good was actually good?!! Top marks for presentation though.
One day I was aimlessly wandering through the lanes and passageways of Brighton and I happened upon a little old woman. I was concerned and asked if she needed help with her bags. I walked her to her little house and as we got to the door she said My dear how can I repay you for your kindness I said it wasn't necessary but she insisted and then said Close your eyes and think of the most wonderful thing you can think of, your dearest wish I closed my eyes as she had asked and thought hard and felt a light tapping on my head. My eyes sprang open and I had litterally died and gone to heaven. Well chocolate heaven anyway. !! That bit with the old lady didn't really happen you know! Did I fool you? Well if you wander into this shop or even just gaze in How do they do that wonder from the fairlike window displays then maybe you'll think you've had magic dust sprinkled over you somewhere. The cake confections are made to rival any works of art in the louvre infact I'm sure some of the designs can be found on frescos there. Gaze in awe and splendour, take a chance and by a small box of milky delight. Go on-its sinful but you'll love it.
Poor quality chocolate, disgusting greasy cakes and sweets from Poundland!!!! Avoid
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