Koko Monk Chocolates opens second Vancouver shop


Just in time for holiday feasting, gift-giving, and hot chocolate-drinking, Vancouver’s Koko Monk Chocolates has opened the doors to their second location.

Hot chocolate flight at Koko Monk (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Known for their single-origin unprocessed bars, artisanal chocolates, and dozens of wildly inventive hot chocolate flavours, Koko Monk’s newest outpost is at 2883 West Broadway in Kits–south west of their original 1st Avenue Kitsilano shop.

Earlier this year, Koko Monk launched a Kickstarter campaign to help make their second location a reality; the campaign brought in hundreds of supporters and over $20,000. They have opened the doors to the public as of Tuesday, October 16.

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HAND OF TIME Single handedly… Time touches us all! Here we are, ready to open our doors to you to company you with heart warming chocolate drinks and bars for the upcoming cold days of winter! At the back Cameron and Tomoya preparing final boxes for the shelves. Tomorrow, Tuesday the October 16th Will be our first day to see you here at our Hot Chocolate Lounge (2883 west broadway)… Please feel free to stop and say “hi” for a complimentary tasting… Thank you for all for your support… Love, Your chocolate maker, Paul D #chocolate #cacao #raw #superfood #darkchocolate #hotchocolate #newborn #paleo #vegan #yoga #mindful #foodie #local #kitsilano #vancouver #vancity #vanlife

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Koko Monk’s owner and head chocolatier Paul Dincer is one of chocolate’s finest minds in Vancouver. Melding his love of literature with the science of chocolate into one sweet passion, Dincer creates an array of beautiful flavour combinations and works with a deep respect for his ingredients–namely the chocolate itself.

While Koko Monk’s chocolates are pleasing for even the most discerning chocoholic (they are refined sugar-free, and the shop has many vegan options), their hot chocolates are their claim to fame. Each year their out-do themselves with creativity for the Hot Chocolate Festival, coming up with creations with names as eye-popping as the ingredient list.

Koko Monk is located at 2883 West Broadway in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood. Their original location is nearby at 1849 West 1st Avenue. 

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom