Cocoa Atelier – Clementine Agron
The ideal day in Dublin would allow me to pursue my real passion, which is good food. I love going to Fallon and Byrne, full of delightful treats, not to mention themed nibbles encouraged by such events as Halloween or July 4. I often wander around Grafton St to rediscover eating faves, for instance Gino’s or Busy Feet and Coco Café, where you can simply relax amongst great flavours. I’d say that working in retail makes you really demanding. Places that draw my attention are real eye candies, with intricate displays that keep you browsing for hours. My shopping must-visit spot is Designist on South Great George’s Street. It endorses home-grown talents and, which follows, amazing Irish products. And this is what Cocoa Atelier is also all about.
The history behind Cocoa Atelier is powered by love of chocolate and local ingredients. Our boutique was set up 3 and half years ago by Marc Amand, a French chef and his Irish wife, who wanted to create a premium quality chocolate haven in the heart of Dublin. The Creative Quarter sounded like a perfect location due its historical feel yet quirky atmosphere, thanks to designers and artists residing here. So they moulded a French-inspired shop with confectioneries crafted locally in Dublin. Every chocolate treat is handmade and sprinkled with care and dedication. Our small team prepares a scrumptious range of chocolates, brioche, macaroon cakes and other pastries to satisfy even the fussiest chocoholics. There are also ice-cream, made in Tipperary, which are made with our own ingredients such as Salted Carmel, the all-time delicacy. It is all about creating that unique boutique experience. You can compare to it a lovely wrapping around your treats, which makes them taste so much better.