Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Cafe Cioccolato

Posted in photography by Jason Gray on November 25, 2009

Cafe Cioccolato is a new chocolate bar in downtown St. Louis (across from the Old Post Office). My wife and I just happened to be passing by a few days ago, and I can not resist a good hot chocolate on a cool fall day, so we went in! The cafe is housed in a space that has an old school charm to it. The history of most of the buildings in the neighborhood dates back to around 1920 (except for the Old Post Office, which dates to around 1870) and it is remarkable that time has not wiped that era completely away. This is because most of the storefront spaces, including Cafe Cioccolato, stand in their original configuration (from what I can tell through research, the cafe was last a jeweler, and you get a real sense of that in terms of its layout). In terms of the chocolate, there are scores of it; from truffles, to chocolate bars, to chocolate martinis, to hot chocolates (my favorite). I ordered a Cioccolato Calda (hot chocolate) and my wife ordered a mocha (not messing around with the fancy monikers). They were both very rich and delicious. My issue with most chocolatiers has to do with their ratio of flavor versus drinkability. Some go full-on with the chocolate and a sip leaves you full, some go for a subdued consistency, which is easy to drink but misses on flavor, but Cafe Cioccolato hits it right on. Mind you, their hot chocolate is not something you could drink with a meal; it is a meal, or rather an indulgence.  I don’t have much reference in mind, in terms of St. Louis, but I would say that it ranks up there with my favorites from my previous hometown in Chicago.  Hopefully, like the modest-origined Paul Brown (the namesake of the host building), Cafe Cioccolato will ascend to success unimagined.  I just have one question for the owner, what the hell is “high-end art”?

All shot with Nikon D300 and Nikon 50mm f/1.8E (manual focus) Lens.

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  1. DS said, on November 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    On December 11-12 Cafe Cioccolato will hold an art opening featuring several artists: sculpture, blown glass and modern art both local and out of town. Hopefully this show will answer the question in regards to the art. Show is open to the public.

  2. jasongrayfineartist said, on November 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Ha ha, excellent! I will spread the word.


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