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.
Seven to die for chocolate shops you’ll LOVE this Valentine’s Day
This 3rd Ave chocolate store / factory / cafe supports local growers and uses organic produce (where possible) in their tasty creations. All chocolates are handmade in small batches using such tasty morsels as wild blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, hazelnuts, pears, pumpkins, and peaches.
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 blazing hearts for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day for the electric taste of organic raw sour cherry chocolate with raspberry.
1849 W 1st Ave
These almost too-gorgeous-to-eat chocolates are works of art – delectable, edible art that is. And their cream puffs are to die for. Beta5 was named as one of the top 10 best chocolatiers in North America for good reason. This year, they present 6 new chocolates that express feelings of lustful, romantic and everlasting love, and finished each chocolate with a hand-painted touch.
413 Industrial Ave
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
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 lavender and blackberry, orange and almonds/hazelnut, dulce de leche, rose water, spicy dark and more…and chocolate heart cases …while supplies last!
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.
Banner image: Chocolate Arts
Original list by Christina Chandra in 2017