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Chocoholics & gelatoholics rejoice for there is Venchi

Local gem: noun a hidden or little known eatery serving up the most amazing food / drinks that is sure to rise to fame and have diners flocking and queueing up outside when word spreads.

I get so excited whenever I find a local gem. Venchi is one such gem in the jungle of concrete mazes in a foodie’s paradise that is the Central / Soho / Lan Kwai Fong district, and I almost did not want to blog about Venchi to prevent word from spreading and it getting crowded.

Outside Venchi (to the right of the Pottinger hotel)
Outside Venchi (to the right of the Pottinger hotel)

Right next to the Pottinger Hotel on Stanley Street, Venchi occupies a small shopfront, and looks exactly like a chocolate shop and cafe right out of the movies. The shop section serves up Italian chocolate delights, such as the pick-and-mix stations, chocolate bars, and beautifully presented chocolate gifts on display all the way from the floor to the sky high ceilings.

The beautiful selection of chocolate gifts
The beautiful selection of chocolate gifts and pick-and-mix

The cafe only has 5 bar seats strategically placed around the shop to make the most out of the tiny space. Venchi cafe serves up various chocolate drinks and has a gelato and sorbet bar, with both chocolate and non-chocolate options.

The cafe
The cafe

At $40 per scoop or $62 for 2 scoops, the gelato / sorbet does not come cheap. However, the popular Emack & Bolio’s ice-cream shop nearby charges even more (and sells ice-cream, not gelato), so Venchi is a smart choice.

Pistachio and strawberry milk gelato
Pistachio and strawberry milk gelato

I’ve been to Venchi twice in one week. The first time I had the pistachio gelato, which was the most pistachio-tasting gelato I’ve ever had; lots of flavour and I could tell a lot of pistachios were churned in the process. I also had strawberry milk gelato, which tasted exactly like what I imagine milk and strawberries placed in an ice-cream churner would taste like.

I returned a second time and had the sea salt caramel gelato, which was smooth and creamy, and the balance of sea salt and caramel was just right.

I was tempted to visit a third time within the space of a week – but that would be going overboard with gelato! If I were a local, this will be the gem that I return to time after time.

Gifts on display
Gifts on display
Another shot of the cute shop
Another shot of the cute shop

 

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