Patagonia Chocolates (Queenstown, New Zealand)

50 Beach Street
Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3 4429066
www.patagoniachocolates.co.nz

Two sweet-related posts in a row? Is there something wrong with you, Libby? Have you been taking substances? Have you been spending too much time with Daisy? Oh noes! Like The Remarkable Sweetshop, however, the following shop is worthy of a write-up so here goes. I’m talking about Patagonia Chocolates, undoubtedly the best chocolate store in the Otago region.

The owner and founder of Patagonia Chocolates is Alejandro Gimenez. He’s from Argentina, which explains the name of the shop. He opened his first Patagonia Chocolates store in Arrowtown before opening a second store in Queenstown shortly after. There is also another store in Queenstown airport and I predict it wouldn’t be long before they start opening stores on the North Island too. He originally started off selling his beautiful hand-made chocolates before branching out to ice creams, cakes and drinks, making his Queenstown store a café that’s bustling with customers at all hours of the day.

For a town with so many tourists, it’s surprising that wi-fi is still hard to find in Queenstown. So when we found out that Patagonia Chocolates offer free wi-fi each purchase, Marty and I knew where we were going to spend our Wednesday afternoon. We couldn’t really give a stuff about chocolates. But wi-fi? Oh yes, please!

Unfortunately, there were literally no seats when we arrived in the late afternoon. Each usable space was occupied by someone with a laptop and a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Dammit. Regardless, we decided to buy some chocolates from the counter to bring to our families back in Australia.

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The main counter holds an impressive collection of handmade chocolate bars, each weighing approximately thirty grams. There are many permutations of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate and all manners of nuts, fruits and less conventional accompaniments such as chilli and wasabi. They also have sugar-free options for diabetics and quasi sugar haters such as myself. Each bar is around NZD$3 (AUD$2.38) each, which I think is pretty good for the quality you get.

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I took some chocolates back home for my family – dad’s really into dark chocolates at the moment so I got him a couple of dark chocolate cashew blocks and one chilli chocolate one (which he thought tasted ‘weird’ but he then grew to love it). Not picture is a dark chocolate rama, which was a piece of dark chocolate in a shape of a small tree trunk. The round thing on the side is an alfajor (NZD $5, AUD$3.97), a handmade chocolate cookie with soft, airy chocolate mousse in it and covered in more milk chocolate – it’s definitely better than a Tim Tam. I was kicking myself for not buying any more of these.

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We had some chocolate truffles to nibble that afternoon (they’re around NZD$2-3.50 each). We each had a wasabi and sesame seed truffle and split several random truffles – hazelnut, praline and cherry, to name a few. The wasabi truffle was interesting, though the horseradish kick was milder than I expected. Better was the praline truffle with its silky smooth centre and overall awesomeness.

Patagonia Chocolates is a great place to enjoy a hot chocolate and some truffles – if you can get a seat, that is. Its lakeside views and friendly vibe makes it a place that you can happily stay in all day long. They also have ice cream available and with flavours such as dulce de leche and fig and cherry, they’d be perfect during the warmer months (and by warmer, I mean still cooler than a Gold Coast winter). In saying all that, I’m back to writing about savoury stuff next time; I bet you’re all relieved now.

I eat too much.

11 Comments

  1. Choc Chip Uru
    December 15, 2012

    Haha I liked your title for this my friend and thank you for this delicious post 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  2. Daisy@Nevertoosweet
    December 15, 2012

    HAHHAA I told you I am GOOD influence 🙂 You’re starting to grow a sweet tooth! Yay two sweet posts in a ROW! You sure know how to make me happy hehe ~ but also very jealous!

    Patagonia chocolates sounds amazing I’d love to try the chocolate chilli block i know some people think it’s weird but hehe I really like it! Have you tried the chilli hot chocolate from San Churros? It’s quite good ~

    They have delce de leche ice-cream too? Sighhh why can’t we have more of them in MELBOURNE 😀

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  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    December 16, 2012

    We loved the chocolate there and we were fortunate enough to get to meet him and talk to him about the shop. He was a really lovely guy! ?)

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  4. theragingcook
    December 16, 2012

    Rather than Chocolate I feel more like Grilled meat!!

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  5. Daniela
    December 17, 2012

    Your pictures make me really grave for chocolate, everything looks so delicious!

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  6. mothspit.com
    December 17, 2012

    There can really never be too many sweets posts, in my opinion!
    And GOSH THESE LOOK YUMMY! Sorry for the over-enthusiasm, but oh chocolate goodness! Too bad I am in America and not New Zealand…

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  7. squishymonster
    December 17, 2012

    wasabi, huh? I would love to try each and every flavor!

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  8. Ames
    December 17, 2012

    Wasabi in truffle does sound interesting… a hot chocolate by the lakeside would be divine!

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  9. Marissa
    February 24, 2013

    I have tried the hot chcolate with lavander flavor in queenstown new zealand . it was really good. i love it . i dont mind having it everyday.:)

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    1. Marissa
      February 24, 2013

      yummm

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    2. libishski
      February 24, 2013

      I must try the hot chocolate with lavender next time. Sounds delish!

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