One fact about Las Vegas is that you should always expect to see an awe-inspiring sight every few meters. The Bellagio chocolate fountain is without a doubt one of them.
As you enter the hotel, just walk past the pass the front desk, right next to the gardens, and you’ll come across Jean Philippe Patisserie, a European-style pastry shop that has shelves full of pastries that will tempt your taste buds.
*Here on the right is a map of Bellagio Hotel on Las Vegas strip.
What really makes the shop stand out is the beautiful, unique chocolate fountain next to the entrance.
The glass-encased multi-tier chocolate fountain is quite a spectacle. This floor-to-ceiling masterpiece is a classic work of art that entices guests. You can actually stand there gazing at the sculpture for hours. Three different colors of chocolate flow from one suspended glass vessel to another, all the way to the bottom where they recollect and flow into hidden tanks and the journey begins once again. The fountain is surrounded by protective glass panels that form a funnel shape as they rise towards the ceiling.
The Bellagio chocolate fountain is certified by Guinness World Records as the largest chocolate fountain in the world. It is 27 feet tall and has over 500 feet of stainless steel piping. Six pumps circulate 2 tons of chocolate at a rate of 120 quarts per minute. These statistics explain why the fountain took 2 years of engineering, planning and design. The end result was indeed an amazing piece of engineering.
The sight of the chocolate flowing and bypassing each level is breathtaking and visually stimulating. It also arouses your sweet tooth. Unfortunately, there is no way you can dip your finger to have a taste of the tantalizing chocolate as it streams through the maze of glass vessels.
The sweet-smelling wafts tormented me, so I had to look for a place to satisfy my cravings… Inside the shop :)
Jean Philippe Patisserie offers a wide variety of pastries including croissants, danishes and muffins. Fresh crepes are made on the spot. Salads and sandwiches are also available. You can therefore grab a quick lunch as you enjoy the view of the Bellagio chocolate fountain. The place is somewhat crowded due to the seating space being limited, the long queue and the tourists taking pictures of the pastries. I sampled a few snacks and have to agree, the food tastes as amazing it looks.
It was at the Easter time when I first visited this place, but the patisserie offers specific decorated deserts for every event of the year and yo can also order online.
Jean Philippe Patisserie is a place every tourist and chocoholic should visit. The fountain will keep you mesmerized for a while and the numerous pastries in the shop will make you spoilt for choice. It is one of the best places to have dessert in Las Vegas. No wonder this is one of the 8 most exciting food and drink things to do in Vegas!