Sweet revival - Cocoa from Dresden

Advertisement A t the end of the 19th century, the finest chocolate in the country came from Dresden – or so we might surmise, because the presence of so many coffee and cocoa roasters in the city put it at the forefront of the chocolate industry at that time. And today, there are once again many small-scale roasters and chocolatiers who are making cocoa products in the traditional way. We have listed below the places where you can get the best drinking chocolates in Dresden today.

1 Fräulein Lecker

The small and intimate café at Alaunplatz focuses on healthy eating – in the form of cupcakes, flans and macaroons. These lovingly crafted delicacies are made exclusively with spelt flour and cane sugar and contain no artificial additives. The delicious cocoa comes from the Dresden coffee roaster ‘Mrs. Brown’. If the cakes seem a little short on vitamins, order a smoothie for afters.

Bischofsweg 28, 01099 Dresden, open Tuesday to Friday 12 noon – 6pm, Saturday/Sunday 11am – 6pm

(www.fraeulein-lecker-dresden.de)

2 Kreutzkamm

Konditorei Kreutzkamm has been in business since 1825, making it the oldest family-run café in Dresden. Consequently, tradition counts for a lot, so don’t expect any experimental recipes here. For drinking chocolate, the main ingredient is boiled in the milk, in classic fashion. If you like your cocoa with a dash of chili, cinnamon or onion, then you’ve probably come to the wrong place.

Altmarkt 25, 01067 Dresden, open Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 9pm, Sundays and public holidays 12 noon – 6pm

(www.kreutzkamm.de)

3 Nibs Cacao

Every language should have a name for the fine chips that are created when grating chocolate. Spanish has the beautiful word ‘nibs’. Nibs Dresden has its fifth anniversary in 2018, an occasion worthy of celebration. For example, with the Nibs classic Churros con Chocolate español, a fried pastry smothered in a creamy sauce made from 100% chocolate and sugar. Also on the Nibs menu, of course, are white and whole milk cocoa and variants such as marzipan and mint chocolate. Children – and intrepid adults too – will want to indulge in the ‘American Dream’ (with marshmallows).

Kamenzer Strasse 42, 01099 Dresden, open Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 1pm to 7pm, Thursday and Sunday 2pm to 7pm

(www.nibscacao.de)

4 Sächsische Schokoladenmanufaktur

Since 2004, Sächsische Schokoladenmanufaktur (Saxon Chocolate Manufactory) has been specialising in the production of fine chocolates and cocoa. This small-scale craft chocolatier also sells fondues, spreads, pies and lollipops via its online shop. Customers who wish to sample the wares on site can do so in the café that Schokoladenmanufaktur opened in spring 2016 at their new location in the former Ludwig Richter school building in Heidenau. The cocoa products on offer range from the child-friendly full-milk version to Dunkel 85% pur (Pure dark 85%) and specialities such as Sächsische Schokolade mit Eierlikör (Saxon chocolate with eggnog). The Schokoladenmanufaktur experience is not complete without a slice of home-baked cake or flan.

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Güterbahnhofstrasse 60, 01809 Heidenau, open Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 2pm – 6pm

(www.schokoklick.com)

5 Ladencafé Aha

Right next to the Kreuzkirche is a health food restaurant named ‘Aha’, standing for ‘Anders handeln’ (= Act differently). The owners strive to use only sustainably produced ingredients from the region and are not out to make profit. The menu features classic drinking chocolate (with melted chocolate and milk) as well as various types of cocoa (with milk and fair-trade cocoa powder). Popular choices to warm the cockles of your heart in the winter months are Piratenkakao (Pirate Cocoa containing rum) and Russischer Kakao (Russian Cocoa, this time with vodka), both of which are therefore ‘adults-only’.

Kreuzstrasse 7, 01067 Dresden, open daily between 9am and midnight

(www.ladencafé.de)

6 Camondas

There are no fewer than three branches of Camondas in the historic centre of Dresden, each of which serves specialities from small chocolatiers around the world. If you are having a hard time deciding what to choose, have a cup of hot chocolate while you make up your mind. We especially recommend the cocoa parlour of the Camondas next to the Residenzschloss, which will be even larger by the end of February 2018. The outlet in the new mall of the Altmarkt-Galerie also has a small seating area, and the branch next to the Frauenkirche has a standing area in which customers can savour one of the house blends. Chili, cinnamon or cardamom flavoured on request.

Schlosstrasse 22, 01067 Dresden, open Sunday to Thursday 10am – 6pm, Friday to Saturday 10am – 10pm.

An der Frauenkirche 20, 01067 Dresden, open Monday to Thursday 10am – 8pm, Friday to Saturday 10am – 10pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm

Webergasse 1, 01067 Dresden, open Monday to Saturday 10am – 9p

(www.camondas.de)

7 Das Dresdner Schokowerk

Not a café in the classic sense, but a real insider tip for cocoa lovers. This small pastry shop is in Lockwitzstrasse, a few minutes’ walk away from the Niedersedlitz S-Bahn station. Here, chocolate maker Eva Haubold creates achingly exquisite chocolates as well as wedding cakes to order. Schokowerk makes no provision for sitting and drinking coffee at leisure, but if you ask nicely, the proprietor will be happy to pour you a hot, thick cocoa containing milk, chocolate and cream that will instantly lift your mood.

Lockwitztalstrasse 2, 01257 Dresden, open Tuesday to Friday 8am – 11am and 12 noon – 6pm

(http://de.facebook.com/Dresdner-Schokoladenhandwerk-327718097250494/)

8 Dresdner Kaffee und Kakao Rösterei

Despite the equal billing in the name of the establishment, the only roasting that takes place now is coffee. As explained by Stefan Meyer-Götz, one of the two co-proprietors, cocoa processing is simply far too complex. As for the drinking chocolate vended in the company’s three cafés (they have, in addition, recently opened a cafeteria in the municipal hospital), this is sourced from roasters in the region. Meyer-Götz has adorned the cafés with his collection of coffee grinders and coffee tins. The Taschenberg branch even has an original roasting machine on display. The three varieties of cocoa on offer are Schneeflöckchen (white snowflake), Rosenrot (rose red with rose petals) and Rionegro (75 percent cocoa).

Café Taschenberg: Taschenberg 3, 01067 Dresden, open daily from 10am to 6pm

Café Moka: Schützengasse 2, 01067 Dresden, open daily from 8am to 6.30pm

Café in der Neustädter Markthalle: Metzer Strasse 1, 01097 Dresden, open Monday to Saturday 8am – 7p

(http://www.dresden-kaffee.de)

9 Zarewna Schokocafé

Zarewna is a combined café and gallery tucked away in the Sonnenhof district right next to the Kunsthofpassage. In summer, you can relax in the courtyard, and in winter, you can browse the stock of clothing on sale. Russian specialties are available all year round, as well as homemade chocolate cake, chocolates and, of course, tasty and ultra-chocolatey cocoa.

Alaunstrasse 66-68, 01099 Dresden, open Monday 11am – 6pm, Tuesday 11am – 7pm, closed on Wednesday, Thursday to Sunday 11am – 7pm

(www.facebook.de/zarewnacafe)