Planet Chocolate Museum
Biarritz’s Planet Chocolate Museum (Planète Musée du Chocolat) is a must-see for chocolate lovers. Discover the history of chocolate from its early beginnings, taste handcrafted products and attend hands-on workshops. Master chocolatier Serge Couzigou set up the Planète Musée du Chocolat to showcase Biarritz’s chocolate-making heritage.
Upon entering the museum you’ll receive a complimentary bag of chocolate buttons. Next, watch a short film that explains the story of chocolate. Learn how cocoa is produced, when chocolate arrived in Europe and its importance in the culture of both Biarritz and the Basque country. The film is in French and Spanish, but English-speaking visitors are given a fact sheet to follow.
Check out the displays of vintage packaging, machinery and sculptures. Glimpse inside the on-site factory to see the production of handcrafted chocolate. Here, you’ll get the chance to sample a cup of hot cocoa. Finish your visit in the museum’s shop, where you can purchase an assortment of chocolate cakes, candies and bars.
For the true chocolate enthusiast, the museum offers the chance to attend hands-on chocolate-themed courses. Design chocolate using different molds, paint products with chocolate paint or enjoy a combined wine and chocolate tasting event. Workshops for children are also available.
The Planète Musée du Chocolat is about a 10-minute walk from the southern end of Côte des Basques beach. It’s just a 5-minute drive from Biarritz’s city center. Free parking is available on the street in front of the museum’s entrance. Public buses stop nearby. Alternatively, enjoy a pleasant walk from the Port Vieux (Old Harbor) via the boulevard that frames Côte des Basques.
The museum is open daily in July, August and during school vacations. At other times of the year, it is open from Monday through Saturday. Allow about 45 minutes for your visit. Ask at the entrance for an information brochure in English. Group and individual guided tours are also available for a fee. Opening hours as well as tour and workshop information can be found on the museum’s official website.