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The Sweet Life: World’s Ten Greatest Candy Shops

These incredible confectionaries are just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth. Take a trip around the world with us as we visit some of the sweetest shops on Earth! These amazing places have candy from floor to ceiling!

HAPPY PILLS, ZARAGOZA, SPAIN

This store gives you just what the doctor ordered. It’s called Happy Pills and it is located in the Centro Comercial Puerto Venecia center in Zaragoza Spain (happypills.es). This shop has a pharmacy theme and you can get any sugar pill you want to—no prescription needed! You can get a “pill” bottle of gummies or a huge 1500 ml canister of whatever your heart and sweet tooth desires. They even have small pillboxes for your pocket or purse, just in case of a sugar emergency!


MEERT, LILLE, FRANCE

This is what every candy shop aspires to be. It is an old-world style shop in Lille, France called Meert. While Meert is most famous for its waffles, it also has an amazing selection of candy. The candy boutique is located in a beautiful 18th-century building that was renovated in 1839! There is even a lavish tearoom next to the candy shop’s ornate carved wood shelves. Visit 27 rue Esquermoise, Lille, France; meert.fr.


SUGARSIN, LONDON

Is candy your guilty pleasure!? If so, then SugarSin in London is your must-stop shop! Located in London’s posh Covent Garden, SugarSin was the brainchild of two Swedish sisters, Anna Nilsson and Josefin Deckel, who wanted to create a quirky, fun and colorful store with Scandinavian favorites like Swedish fish and other candies from around the world. 70 Long Acre, London; sugarsin.co.uk


CANDYLICIOUS, SINGAPORE

Of course there is a candy store named Candylicious. There just has to be. It is located in the Las Vegas equivalent of Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, and is a whopping 9,000 square feet sugary wonderland. At the entrance, there are trees dripping with candy, and the store offers over 250 kinds of candy and 5,000 additional candy products from the great candy makers of the world. You will think you’ve died and gone to Willy Wonka heaven! 26 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore; candyliciousshop.com


SUGARFINA, BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA

Sugarfina is a candyland for adults. Owners Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick specialize in international sweets. In fact, the shop boasts more than 125 varieties, with nearly 70 percent exclusively available at Sugarfina and nowhere else in the United States. The store is super cool and a great experience. They have signature turquoise bento boxes that you fill with different candies. They even have candy consultants that hand out samples and help you choose! 9495 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California; sugarfina.com


PAPABUBBLE, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN

PapaBubble is Spanish, but the Barcelona-based candymaker has a Japanese store to die for! It is a sleek art gallery and mad scientist’s lab all rolled into one. The super awesome interior is all concrete, black tile and glass for a very industrial look. Candy artisans in the kitchen make the hard candy that looks like Murano glass as visitors look on in amazement. The retail space is separate from the kitchen so you can take something home that you see and like. 4-76-1 Aioi-Cho, Naka-ku Yokohama, Japan; papabubble.jp


MIETTE CONFISERIE, SAN FRANCISCO

A confiserie in San Francisco is done in perfect French style. The Miette Confiserie is part of the famous Hayes Valley San Francisco bakery Miette. Owner Meg Ray designed the shop in the style of an old-world European patisserie. Old fashioned glass apothecary jars are filled to the brim with yummy assortments like caramels and licorices. Gorgeous antique cake stands sit on the wooden shelves and display a variety of confections. You will love window shopping but be sure to go in and reward yourself with a treat! 449 Octavia Street, San Francisco; miette.com


CANDYLAWA, RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA

Candy lawa is pronounced “candy lover,” and this shop is perfect for the professional candy connoisseur. The shop is in Saudi Arabia, and was created as a cartoonlike wonderland by the New Zealand Redesign Group as a two-level store. It has several candy stations, like a design-your-own lollipops section and a French patisserie section. Panorama Mall, Takhassusi Street, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; candylawa.com


THE CANDY ROOM, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

This black-and-white wonderland is very cool. The whole shop—floors, ceilings, and furniture is black and white, which makes all the colorful candy even brighter—in fact the candy literally bursts forth with color. This is probably the coolest candy display we’ve seen. They even have little black and white buckets to fill with your favorite candy to take home. 1/155 Queen Street, Melbourne; 011-61-39-670-7665.


DYLAN’S CANDY BAR, MIAMI

Last but not least is Dylan’s candy bar in Miami. It literally looks like a large shipment of candy exploded in this shop. You need to wear sunglasses so you are not blinded by the dazzling display. The shop owner is Dylan Lauren, and she has a famous dad—she is the daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. She opened the shop in 2013. Visitors gravitate to the lollipop tree in the center of the main floor. Candy cane columns support the second floor. Dylan kept the original dark wood ceilings in the vintage building because they reminded her of chocolate bars. 801 Lincoln Road, Miami; dylanscandybar.com

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