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Best Chocolate Shops in San Francisco & Berkeley


If you can't imagine getting your fill of chocolate, you haven't done a chocolate tour of San Francisco. You can actually make a one-day trek of the San Francisco shops -- a great way to work off your chocolate -- although I would recommend thick soles -- and a Muni Fast Pass, just in case.

In 2007, Gourmet Walks launched a chocolate-themed tour. The San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour takes a fun and educational look at some of the city's best chocolatiers -- with stops for samples.

1. Michael Recchiuti

Embarcadero - Ferry Building

If you're looking for salt caramels -- a delectable balance of sweetness and salt -- stop by the Ferry Building for some of Michael Recchiuti's Fleur de Sel Caramels, covered in dark chocolate. Recchiuti's Ferry Plaza shop showcases miniature works of art . . . otherwise known as the Burgundy Box or the Gilded Collection or unique chocolate selections infused with bergamot, anise or pink peppercorn. Some chocolates feature edible drawings or block print decoration.

One Ferry Building, Shop #30
San Francisco, CA 94111
Telephone: (415) 834-9494
Other Recchiuti retail shops

For photos and information on the San Francisco Ferry Building see a Ferry Building Photo Tour.

2. XOX Truffles

North Beach

XOX chocolates are authentic French truffles, handmade in San Francisco. There's a truffle flavor to suit your palate, from Earl Grey to Cognac to Noisette. Created by Chef Jean-Marc Gorce (formerly of Fringale), XOX are San Francisco favorites, known for their delectable and smooth texture. See a review of XOX Truffles from Besty Malloy (gocalfornia)

754 Columbus Avenue (between Filbert & Greenwich)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Telephone: (415) 421-4814

See website for Montclair Village Location in Oakland.

3. Bittersweet Chocolate Cafe

Fillmore & Rockridge (Oakland)

A large, global selection, hand-picked by the owners who traveled the world, seeking the best. Bittersweet opened its first cafe in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, then a second, larger shop on Fillmore Street. Both shops are cafe and shop in one, with chocolate displayed along counters and walls, and areas to sit and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, brownies and other treats.

2123 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-8715

See Bittersweet website for Rockridge and Danville locations

4. Richart San Francisco

Union Square

Richart Paris has produced hand-crafted gourmet French chocolate since 1925. Known internationally for the intricate artwork that adorns its chocolate, Richart also pays meticulous attention to ingredients, the grind of the cocoa, the processing of small batches supervised by master chocolatiers. Richart also produces chocolate collections seasonally, as well as for holidays and special events.

393 Sutter Street (at Stockton)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Telephone: (888) RICHART

5. Cocoa Bella

Marina & Westfield San Francisco Centre

Cocoa Bella is Marina district chocolate boutique that provides a large selection of Swiss, Belgian, French, Italian and American confections. Shelves have packaged chocolate, while the vast display cases are arranged by country and variety. You'll never get it all in one visit but the staff is more than happy to help you narrow down your options.

2102 Union Street
San Francisco, Ca 94123
Telephone: (415) 931-6213
Westfield Center Location is on Level 1, near Food Emporium

6. Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates

Hayes Valley

Christopher Elbow is a new addition to Hayes Valley in 2008. The best way to describe the shop is boutique and lounge -- with a selection of artisanal and painted chocolate (hand-painted or airbrushed with cocoa butter), as well as a lounge area where you can relax with a cup of hot cocoa.

Elbow hails from Kansas City where the chocolates are still made, with his personal supervision and touch. The painted designs are unique to each flavor and style available at the shop.

401 Hayes Street (near Gough)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: (415) 355-1105

7. Teuscher

Union Square

Teuscher may be best known for the house specialty -- its popular Champagne Truffles. The Zurich-based chocolatier offers more than 100 varieties that it ships worldwide. You'll also find seasonal and holiday packaging as well as special occasion varieties (such as floral and wedding package designs).

307 Sutter Street (at Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Telephone: (415) 834-0850


Founded by tech industry pros who, according to their own bios followed a dream that "drove them to quit the Shuttle program to make chocolate."

TCHO chocolate is made in San Francisco with an obsession for the beans, the source, the process. The company produces "beta editions" to include customers in the testing of new products. The store also serves Blue Bottle Coffee, making this stop along the water a double jeopardy if you're trying to give up sweets and caffeine.

Pier 17 (at Green)
San Francisco, CA
Telephone: (415) 981-0189

9. Coco-luxe

Coco-luxe in the Haight defines itself as a chocolate boutique and a chocolate bar -- serving up not just its decorative chocolate pieces, but also hot chocolate, espresso, and their own marshmallows. Selections you'll find at Coco-luxe include artisan truffles with seasonal artwork on each piece of chocolate, caramels, bundled chocolate gifts, Dragée nuts with spices and cocoa powder, as well as basic Coco-luxe bars.

1673 Haight Street (at Cole)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Telephone: (415) 367-4012

10. Fog City News

Financial District/Embarcadero

Fog City News, in the heart of the Financial District and Embarcadero areas, has one of the largest chocolate selections in the States. Enjoy hundreds of international varieties -- Swiss, Belgian, Italian, French and others -- along with an extensive selection of newspapers and magazines. The staff members at Fog City know their chocolate and are extremely helpful.

455 Market Street (between 1st and Fremont)
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 543–7400

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