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Published October 6th 2012
Exotic delights from Europe's finest
When you are in need of sublime fine chocolate and exotic decor, look no further than Bon Bon Fine Chocolates situated in the Strand Arcade on the Pitt Street Mall corner. Bon Bon has been around for over 50 years so they know and understand the alluring riches of Europe's finest chocolates.
One of the chocolate laden windows.
Born to be a lover of fine chocolate, I was a very regular visitor to their original store nestled in an arcade in Double Bay some 30 years ago. Bon Bon's stocked the finest imported chocolates and were the only shop in Australia where you could buy the famed Belguim Godiva chocolates.
Time moved on, family became a priority and I had all but forgotten Bon Bon. Until today. I saw the sign, gasped and almost tripped over my own feet racing into the store asking if it was my much loved chocolate haven from years gone by. Oh my, 30 years of repressed chocolate memories flooded through my body in one instant. Ahh, I closed my eyes and inhaled the wafting aromas.
Trays of chocolates to make your choice almost impossible!
I frantically bought several delectable delights including a decadent peanut butter delight to pacify my addiction. As I wandered throughout the store, I uncovered other golden treasures while taking in the magnificent ambiance and decor.
Maps, globes and suitcases remind you of the chocolate's journey for your pleasure. Exotic chandeliers from far flung countries reflect their riches
Rich dark timber shelving and tables laden with chocolate delights from around the world; a map covered wall, world globes, and carefully chosen old school suitcases are scattered throughout the store, reminding you of the sourced chocolate's origins and long journey to Sydney for your pleasure. Seven opulent chandeliers from Turkey, Russia and other far flung lands reflect the riches chocolate held over the centuries.
My decision, decisions, more decisions!
While browsing, I was offered a macadamia nut coated in a thin layer of a dark chocolate and dusted in a very earthy flavoured powder allowing the sweetness of the nut to shine.
Dark bitter chocolate, a perfect compliment to a sweet macadamia nut.
Packets of macadamias, almonds, hazelnuts and cashew nuts covered with bitter dark or smooth sweet milk chocolate holds a generous display to choose from.
Shiny balls of sweet nuts cover a wall.
Bon Bon covers just about everything in a chocolate desire for a stunning gift. A brilliant assortment of traditional boxed chocolates to jars of white chocolate hazelnut spread are wonderful treats. Their nougat is one of the finest I have had the pleasure to taste.
Wonderful gifts to give to loved ones and friends.
Marshmallow packs and hamper treats.
The old Globite suitcases stacked around the shop and used as displays bought back wonderful memories. Now you have to be born pre-1970's to understand the significance of a Globite bag. They were predominantly used as school cases and sometimes travel cases. Oh my I am getting old, yet they were the good old days and I am so glad to see them revived in this worldly fashion.
Cherries Sun Dried Montmorency in all chocolate variants to suite your taste.
Around an hour later, several more purchases lay nestled in my arms. I walked out with a smile on my face and a chocolate in my mouth.
Even if you are not a chocolate lover, which I would find a little unbelievable, the decor alone is a must to see. Bon Bon brings an exotic experience to delight and entice you from Europe's finest chocolate houses.
Bon Bon in the historic Strand Arcade on Pitt Street Mall
Wow Lexa fantastic article. I loved the excitement you captured in it and this place looks as luxurious as chocolate can get. Even difficult to please royals would enjoy this I think. Love Pitt St mall arcade too. Old world charm!