Since I moved to Berlin, I haven’t done much of touristy activities. I am now getting to it, and experiencing all that this fabulous city has to offer.
While making the list of things to do and experiences to enjoy, I came across the following video:
This is how I got to know about Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt Berlin. What got me interested was that you can make your own chocolate, with any filling that you like – even chili flakes (not that I was interested, promise!). I already love their dark chocolate with hazelnuts, and decided to give it a shot.
Last Saturday, I sold the idea to a friend and we went to the Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt outlet on Französische Straße. For starters, it is much smaller than I imagined it to be. Somehow, I believed for it to be similar to a chocolate museum. It wasn’t.
It’s divided into two sections – a store and a cafe, with a counter for chocolate customisation. BUT. Yes, there has to be a but. How can it be a Shaheen-story without drama, right?
While the store is open until 8PM, you can only get your custom chocolate made until 6PM on Saturdays (and 5:30PM on Sundays). Hence, first bummer.
I was still hopeful and proceeded to the other section. Three out of four walls were stacked almost upto the ceiling with 100g chocolate bars, in all possible flavours. Most variety was with milk chocolate, but there are also dark and white as options.
At the end of the store, there is a section of Ritter Sport merchandise – from towels and mugs to gift boxes and steel containers with Berlin landmarks illustrated in neon colours.
Now, the million dollar question – is Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt Berlin worth the visit?
- The variety at this store is certainly more extensive than what you would otherwise find in supermarkets, but they are more novelty items than something to indulge in.
- Merchandise section has very few worth-it items.
- The condiments available to customise your chocolate are similar to what is already available, at less than 50% the price. The upside of customisation is that you can mix up to three ingredients in a single bar, so bring along the chocolatier in you.
- Lastly, there is a cafe within the store as well, and if you have been saving on your calories, it is time to indulge and enjoy a steaming cuppa hot chocolate.
I am all for experiences and this can certainly be a one-time activity if you appreciate all things chocolate. Also, with weather being so pleasant, any and all indoor activities are a good idea – even more so if they involve a hot cup of chocolate.
P.S. I was being sarcastic about the weather. Just FYI.