Up your chocolate gift game this Valentine’s Day with artisanal chocolates from the very best of Vancouver’s chocolate makers. Go local this holiday and pick up some unforgettable chocolates for your sweet thing(s). Check out our top picks.
Where to get local, artisanal chocolates this Valentine’s Day
For mouth watering works of art, look no further than Temper Pasty. This West Van, European-style chocolatier and patisserie also offers flakey desserts, too-gorgeous-to-eat cakes and savoury treats. PS: They will be on the The Great Chocolate Showdown on the Food Network on Feb 4 2020.
2409 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
Last chance to enjoy a glorious taste sensation from this venerable chocolaterie on 3rd Avenue, known for its support of local growers, closes its doors this April after 27 years. All chocolates are handmade in small batches using such tasty morsels as wild blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, hazelnuts, pears, pumpkins, and peaches.
1620 W 3rd Ave, Vancouver
A Kitsilano (& North Van) mainstay, this popular cafe, bakery and chocolate shop, goes all out for Valentine’s Day. Check out their hand-painted chocolate hearts, airbrushed with cocoa butter and filled with handmade chocolates and truffles. Lovely!
2539 West Broadway, Vancouver
The owner of Koko Monk is part chocolatier, part artist and part poet! But no matter which hat he’s wearing, taste is the journey he’d like us all to be on. His raw chocolates are a dazzling and unique taste sensation. Pick up some “taste of love” edible poetry this year.
1849 W 1st Ave, Vancouver
These almost too-gorgeous-to-eat chocolates are works of art – delectable, edible art that is. And their cream puffs are to die for. This year’s Valentine’s Day chocolate collection features six flavours including saffron + rose, tonka bean caramel, jasmine, passionfruit, strawberry, and bali. PS: New this year are five plant-based chocolates!
413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver
Staying true to their authentic Belgian roots, Daniel uses time-honoured, chocolate techniques, so their chocolates are the real deal. Made sans preservatives, artificial ingredients or hydrogenated fats, all chocolates are made in Vancouver, and have been for over 35 years.
88 East 7th Ave, Vancouver
This award-winning, family-run Kerrisdale chocolatier makes all-natural chocolate that looks great and explodes with bold flavours. For Valentine’s Day, they have a variety of seasonal chocolates on hand including fan fave: lavender and blackberry as well as orange and almonds/hazelnut, dulce de leche, rose water, spicy dark and more.
2029 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
These hand-crafted (and ever so pretty), artisan chocolates are made by international award-winning master chocolatier Win Tass, and handily located in Vancouver (Granville Island) and Abbotsford.
101-31060 Peardonville Rd. Abbotsford
Granville Island Public Market
We’d remiss not to include this Vancouver institution with its Kingsway Chocolate Factory. Did you know that it’s been around for over 110 years? Yes they know their chocolate, and with stores in every mall, it’s easy to get that special box of chocolates right up to the last minute.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).