Always reliable, the Kempi is known for their great European-style baguette sandwiches, cookies, cakes and pies, bratwurst, pastries and Illy coffee. Come Easter time, the Deli also stocks a range of yummy chocolate eggs.
Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, Chaoyang District (6465 3388 ext 5741)
Located just a few minutes from Houhai on the tourist-baiting lane of Yandai Xiejie, this store crams a fine selection of chocolatesinto its tiny space. The dark chocolate is a drop of heaven, though one piece is enough. Chocolates can be bought by the piece or in boxes – all varieties are priced at RMB 29 for 50g.
Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 30 Yandai Xiejie, Xicheng District. (133 8137 7712)
Debauve & Gallais
Fancy? Very much so. Delicious? Absolutely. The ranks of this brand’s fan club are said to number European royal familiesand non-regal celebrities. You can join their elite ranks by splashing out from as little as RMB 29 per chocolate.
Daily 10am-9.30pm. L423, 4/F, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0071)
Nestled in the trendy Village North, this café offers a range of flavorful cupcakes (RMB 23) and fine coffee.But what do cupcakes have to do with Easter? Colibiri’s exclusive Easter egg cupcake, that’s what. With rich raspberry and vanilla butter cream, a delicious apricot and vanilla cake base, topped off with a dainty chocolate egg, this is the ultimate Easter treat. Available from April 8-24.
Daily 10am-10pm. LG51, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 0808)
Comptoirs de France
Stocking a full range of chocolate Easter eggs, you won’t have trouble filling your Easter baskets or lighteningyour wallets here. Comptoirs will be hosting their annual Easter egg hunt (see Events, April 24 for listing). Tickets to this coveted choc-lovers event are hidden inside some of their chocolate eggs and are available in all Comptoirs stores from March 21 to April 23.
1) Daily 7am-9.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu (next to Jenny Lou’s), Chaoyang District. (8562 3355) 法派,朝阳区日坛北路4号; 2) Daily 7am-9pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525) 东城区东直门外大街35号东湖俱乐部1层; 4) Daily 7am-9pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场L111室 (8046 6309) www.comptoirsdefrance.com