13 essential chocolate shops in Vancouver

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Whether you want some sweets for your sweet, or your own sweet tooth, Metro Vancouver has plenty of chocolate-makers to tempt us. From a 112-year-old Vancouver chocolate icon to small artisanal chocolatiers focused on social enterprise, our home-based chocolate shops have plenty to offer for all kinds of chocoholics.

Here are the 13 essential Vancouver chocolate shops in and around the city.

Thomas Haas

One of Vancouver’s all-time favourite treat-makers, Thomas Haas is known for impeccable chocolate creations that are often visually stunning and creative. Save room for some of his pastries, too.

Address: 2539 W Broadway, Vancouver and 998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver

Chocolate Arts

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Tuck into this Kitsilano chocolate paradise for handmade treats with a focus on local ingredients whenever possible. Chocolate Arts uses all natural flavours and makes all their essences and concentrates in-house.

Address: 1620 W 3rd Ave, Vancouver

Chez Christophe

You’ll find the award-winning and inspired creations of Swiss chocolatier Christophe Bonzon in his Burnaby Heights shop and cafe. From barks to bites, there are plenty of traditional and whimsical offerings for any chocolate lover here.

Address: 4717 Hastings St, Burnaby

Wild Sweets

Dominique and Cindy Duby is the award-winning team behind this science-based cocoa bean-to-bar chocolatier. They turn premium cocoa beans into ‘Haute’ chocolates, novel confections, and lovely pastries.

Address: 12191 Hammersmith Way #2145, Richmond

Gem

Gem Chocolates is an award-winning artisan chocolate producing whimsical chocolates in Vancouver. Choices range from traditional chocolates to adventurous flavours and pairings like Raspberry “Eyeballs” and Olive Oil with Rosemary Caramel.

Address: 2029 W 41st Ave, Vancouver

Koko Monk

From single-origin unprocessed bars to artisanal chocolates the dozens of wildly inventive hot chocolate flavours they are most known for, Kitsilano’s Koko Monk has been making chocolate dreams come true since 2013.

Address: 1849 W 1st Ave and 2883 W Broadway, Vancouver

Purdys

Around since 1907, Purdys has been a mainstay in Vancouver for over a century. They still make their chocolates right here in the city, the family-owned business uses 100% sustainable cocoa, and still make some of their chocolates by hand.

Address: Multiple locations across B.C. and Canada

East Van Roasters

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Customers are always asking us to make a coffee flavoured truffle. And why wouldn’t we? After all, we roast our own coffee and make our own chocolate. So here we are. One of this years seasonal truffles is inspired by the flavours of Turkish coffee. Behind the scenes we hilariously call it the Cardi C ?? Cardamom and Coffee infused ganache atop a crunchy wafer base. Let us know what you think. . . . . . #eastvanroasters #portlandhotelsociety #socialenterprise #womenempowerment #fairtrade #coffeeandchocolate #vancouverbakery #vancouverfoodie #coffeeroaster #gastown #gastowneats #mygastown #gastownvancouver #yvrtreats #yvrfood #yvrcoffee #beantobar #craftchocolate #shoplocal #vancouverisawesome #vancityeats #dailyhivevan #vancitybuzz #f52grams #curiosityvancouver #madeinvancouver #knowyourfood #bcbuylocal

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This innovative coffee and chocolate shop is the social enterprise branch of the PHS Community Services Society. EVR employs women who are re-entering the work-force, offering them mentorship based programming and on the job training.

Address: 319 Carrall St, Vancouver

Beta5

Eye-catching, playful, colourful, and wildly-creative: Beta5’s signature chocolates and “polygon” bars are in a class of their own.

Address:  413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver

ChocolaTas

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**GIVEAWAY** Who is your sweetheart this Valentines? Tag your sweet Valentine for a chance to win one of our Valentines Day boxes filled with an assortment of our amazing chocolates! To enter: 1. Like this post! 2. Follow @Chocola_Tas on Instagram 3. TAG your Valentine or someone you love for a chance to win! Each tag counts as one entry. Contest begins January 15th, 2019 7 am PST and ends Saturday, January 20th, 2019 11:59 pm PST One (1) winner will be randomly select. All contestants must be following @chocolatas to win. Winner must be able to pick up the prize from one of ChocolaTas Ltd. locations: Abbotsford, BC Canada or Granville Island Market, Vancouver BC Canada by February 14th, 2019. Prize can not be exchanged for any either items made by ChocolaTas and does not have a cash value. By entering you confirm you are 18? years. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram in any way. Void in whole or part where prohibited by law.

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This Abbotsford-based chocolatier has one of the city’s most prime spots for food lovers: Granville Island. Head there to find their array of Belgian chocolates; a must-stop if you’re showing off the Public Market to your out-of-town guests and they want to take home a sweet souvenir.

Address: 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver (Granville Island)

Temper

The chocolates and cakes from Temper in West Vancouver’s Dundarave are like dazzling edible pieces of art. If you can bring yourself to eat these lovely handmade goodies, you’re in for a sweet treat, because this is a top-notch European-style chocolatier and patisserie.

Address: 2409 Marine Dr, West Vancouver

Thierry

French-born Chocolatier and Patissier Chef Thierry Busset is the man behind Vancouver’s Thierry, where you’ll find his incredible sweets and treats, made with a masterful hand.

Address: 1059 Alberni St, Vancouver

Mink

From s’mores at your table to irreverently themed hot chocolate creations, Mink always delivers on some sweet fun with their small-batch chocolates. Enjoy their cafes in Coal Harbour or South Surrey, or their newer South Vancouver warehouse location.

Address: 863 West Hastings St, Vancouver; Unit F-110 Morgan Crossing, 15775 Croydon Dr, Surrey; 8410 Ontario St, Unit 111, Vancouver.

 

 

 

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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