City Pulse

By Nicole Cornella

If the idea of going into a department store during the height of tourist season raises your blood pressure and gives you heart palpitations, don’t fret, all New Yorkers feel the same way. However, tucked away in department stores across the city are little hidden treasures to relax your tootsies from shopping overload and drop your parcels to give your arms a breather.

Nestled on the eighth floor of Saks Fifth Avenue on Fifth Avenue is a girl’s best friend: the Charbonnel et Walker Chocolate Café. A true heaven on earth, Café Charbonnel is the ideal spot for a shopping retreat to escape the hustle and bustle of the midtown madness with its’ 1930′s-style luxurious surroundings including crystal chandeliers and a chocolate fountain. The café is a haven filled with English treats such as Sticky Toffee Chocolate Pudding or Apple Crumble coming to you via a moving conveyer belt and is perfectly paired with the must-try, die-and-go-to-heaven Original Drinking Chocolate (also available chilled!).

While you’re at it, you must try the chocolate of course! And why get a head start on some Valentine’s Day treats? The chocolate café offers a range of beautifully packages boxes of chocolates and their signature truffles. The must try: Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles. These truffles are lightly dusted with pink color sugar and made with a milk chocolate butter and a Marc de Champagne center. Other decadent flavors include mint, strawberry, banana, cranberry port and more. Packaged truffles start at $25.

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Originally published January 2010
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