Just a few steps away from Ariston, is a wonderful small confiserie, carrying some truly irresistible chocolates and sweets. Thankfully, we saved this and other shops of its ilk for a different day of snacking, and we had space for a little taste of something good from EVERY shop we entered that sweet afternoon.. Aristokratikon announces itself with a beautifully red lacquered storefront, with gold lettering on all of its signage. With a small window jampacked with chocolates and other sweets, it was an absolute jewel to behold. The Kid has a sweet tooth, and an ambition to check out the maximum amount of chocolate and ice cream shops around the world in one’s lifetime, so she was so ready to plunge into this shop as soon as she got the go signal!
A wonderful selection of dried fruits dipped in chocolate, fine hand made chocolates, pralines, marzipan, nut-based sweets, etc. was on offer, and it simply overwhelmed the first time visitor. We decided to go with something we get all the time, orange peel dipped in dark chocolate, and try something totally new as well – marzipan coated in chopped pistachios. We ended up with a little bag of goodies that we ate right on the sidewalk while strolling and we finished it all before we even reached the next corner!
At some Euro 35 to 40 per kilo the chocolates sound costly, but a small bag like this one only had 150 or so grams of goodies, so the value for money was pretty good. And considering all of the effort to pull off such a stunning little shop stocked with such appealing looking sweets, we were happy to pay a little premium. Established in 1928, and apparently celebrating their 80th year in business, I wish more little food gems such as ARISTOKRATIKON last another century longer…