Vancouver’s Best Chocolate: You make the call!

This is a topic so controversial that I’m reluctant to even bring it up:  Vancouver’s best chocolate.

Earlier in the week, a great article in the Vancouver Sun profiled a chocolatier at Rogers’, one of the city’s venerable old chocolate shops.  That got me thinking about the other great chocolate makers in the city, both the good ol’ boys and the new kids on the block.

What do you think?  Who makes Vancouver’s best chocolate?  Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

To get things started, I’ve come up with a list with some of Vancouver’s more preeminent chocolate makers.

The longevity title definitely goes to Rogers’, which has been around since 1885 and has seven locations in British Columbia.   Known for its delicious Victoria Creams (sweet centers smothered in bittersweet chocolate), among other delights, Rogers’ has Vancouver locations on Granville Island and in Gastown.

Victoria Creams. Photo:

Then there’s the wildly successful Purdy’s, which was founded in 1907 and now has 59 locations across Canada.  Purdy’s is perhaps most famous for its truffle-filled Hedgehogs and Sweet Georgia Browns (salted pecans topped with caramel and chocolate).   There are Purdy’s throughout Vancouver, including downtown at the Pacific Centre mall


Another local institution headquartered out in Burnaby is Charlie’s Chocolate Factory, which makes all of its candies with Callebaut chocolate imported from Belgium.  Among Charlie’s more exotic creations are ice wine truffles and chocolate-coated ginger.

Recently, several high-end gourmet chocolatiers have opened up shop.   With a booth in Granville Island Public Market, ChocolaTas serves handmade designer chocolates by maitre chocolatier Wim Tas, who immigrated from Belgium in 2002.   Chocolates feature unique, tea-based ganache fillings: Earl Grey, Rooibos, Kyoto cherry rose and green tea.   They also highlight delicacies like Tuscan hazelnuts, Iranian pistachios, Provençal orange peel and Champagne.


The darling of the North Shore and Kitsilano, Thomas Haas (who hails auspiciously from Germany’s Black Forest region)  was recently voted one of the top 10 chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professional.  His handcrafted lineup includes chocolates infused with exotic spices and paired with fresh fruits, truffles and the irresistible Chocolate Sparkle Cookie, as well as cakes and other confections.

Those are just a few examples of the great chocolate being made in Vancouver.  Please share your favorites and add to the list by leaving a comment below.

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16 Responses to Vancouver’s Best Chocolate: You make the call!

  1. Eva

    The rocky mountain chocolate factory is good too! was just there in whistler, mmm

  2. That rocky something chocolate place that does chocolate and ice cream on robson and granville (I think)

  3. amyje

    I love MINK Chocolates!! They are fabulous! So many interesting flavors!

  4. All of those are good! I like Euphoria in Fort Langley – they make such interesting treats, and their hot chocolate is worth the drive from Vancouver.

  5. Pam

    Xoxolat at 8th and Burrard has fabulous organic and fair-trade gourmet chocolate… and check out their chocolate shoes!

  6. Lindsay Goertzen

    My favorite place for chocolate in Vancouer is Daniel Le Chocolate Belge on Robson. They don’t have any preservatives and use 100% natural ingredients!

  7. Thomas Haas makes the most incredible seasalt caramels!

    Cocoa Nymph is a must!

  9. Hayley

    Purdy’s makes the best <3

  10. Caryn

    Yes, Cocoa Nymph beats them all. It’s the only chocolate I’ve found where eating just -one- satiates completely.

    Fabulous (and local).
    on Tenth just up from the corner with Alma. (Was there on Saturday.)

  11. Jen

    Chocolate Arts on 4th!!!

  12. Jen Eunson

    Thomas Haas clearly has the best chocolate, and the North Van location is very intimate!!!

  13. Mink! (Hornby and Hastings) and Cocoa Nymph! (10th ave @ Alma)

  14. Thanks for the responses – I didn’t realize how much great chocolate there is in Vancouver.

  15. I wrote about my favourite places in Vancouver a while back, but I still stand by my picks.

  16. kaya

    chocolate arts in kitsilano on 4th is the absolute best chocolate shop i have ever tried,( including thomas haas.) their caramelitas are to die for,as well as their madagaskar truffles and the cointreau truffles. oh my god…. all their chocolates have not only luscious chocolate but all the fruit and nuts and fillings are made meticulously with organic ingredients. also their packaging is great, i give their chocolates to all my relatives and friends all over the world for xmas. they all just love them. truly artisanal chocolate!