Whether you’re buying chocolate for Valentine’s Day, for yourself, as a gift, or even as a Vancouver souvenir, these decadent and divine Vancouver chocolatiers are making some of the best candy you have ever tasted! From bon bons and truffles to traditional Belgian delicacies, these artisan chocolates often incorporate regional and B.C. ingredients, giving these treats genuine local flavour.
Top 5 Vancouver Chocolatiers & Boutique Chocolate Shops
1. Chocolate Arts
Located on W 3rd Ave in Kitsilano, Chocolate Arts primarily uses local produce—like wild blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, and hazelnuts—to give its confections the true flavour of the Pacific West Coast and of British Columbia.
2. Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates
Thomas Haas is a fourth-generation pastry chef who has been wowing critics and chocoholics for over fifteen years. In 2010, Haas was named a Top 10 Chocolatier in North America by Dessert Professional Magazine, just the latest in a slew of accolades. His press doesn’t exaggerate: his handmade chocolates are to die for!
3. Daniel’s Chocolates
Born and raised in Belgium, Chocolatier Daniel Poncelet opened the first-ever Belgian chocolate shop in Vancouver on Robson Street in 1981. Today, Daniel’s chocolates are a Vancouver institution, with locations throughout the Lower Mainland. My favourite: the Sea Salt Caramel. Yum!
4. Charlie’s Chocolate Factory
A family-owned favourite since 1970, Burnaby’s Charlie’s Chocolate Factory is home to a chocolate river and practically anything you can think of—from flowers and tools to cell phones—made out of chocolate. It’s the perfect spot to shop for personalized and funny gifts for candy lovers.
5. Granville Island Chocolate Shops: Rogers, ChocolaTas & Olde World Fudge
This one is a bit of a cheat, since I’m squeezing three chocolate shops into one slot and one of them is Roger’s Chocolates, arguably one of the most famous chocolate producers in all of Canada. Roger’s is a B.C. original—it began in Victoria in 1885—and the Roger’s on Granville Island is one of its best locations in Vancouver. ChocolaTas and Olde World Fudge are two local faves located inside the Granville Island Public Market.
Any other favourite Vancouver chocolatiers and boutique chocolate shops that I missed? Please leave your picks in the comments!