Tucked away in the trendy area of Soho lies a true gem I couldn't wait to explore. Since 2000, Mariabelle Sweets has been pleasing connesiurs with her unique collection of rare and delicate chocolates. Designer turned chef, Mariabelle fuses both of her passions together to churn out her one of a kind creations. Inside, the antique furnishings provide the lavished feeling of european sophistication. To the left of the retail shop, visitors will find the quiet Cacao Bar and Tea Salon. The salons provide the perfect respite from a bustling day, and offer a refined menu of light fare and revitalizing beverages. You can choose between American-style or European-style Aztec Hot Chocolate, an elite list of coffees or order from their exotic list of teas.
MarieBelle 484 Broome Street (between Wooster St & W. Broadway) SoHo, Manhattan (212) 884-9707 http://www.mariebelle.com/