Sweets for the Sweet: Best Vancouver Chocolates & Chocolatiers

Thierry chocolates from Vancouver's Thierry Patisserie.

I have no doubt that, as Valentine’s Day (February 14) approaches, mainstream blogs and magazines will publish the now de rigueur assortment of “How to Survive Valentine’s Day” screeds lambasting the holiday’s commercialization/heternormativity/ability to make non-partnered adults feel crappy.  It’s not that I don’t agree with those critiques—I usually do—but…Chocolate! Chocolate in heart-shaped boxes! Chocolate for breakfast! Chocolate all day long! How bad a holiday can it be when the traditional meal is chocolate?!

If you, like me, could care less about the rest of Valentine’s Day as long as you get your chocolate, then check out these top Vancouver Chocolate Shops & Chocolatiers for truly exceptional Valentine’s Day chocolates. Use them as gift or just indulge yourself. (I plan to.)

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Sweets for the Sweet: Best Vancouver Chocolates & Chocolatiers

Valentine’s Day 2012: 10 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in Vancouver

Freshly made latte from Caffe Artigiano Coffee House

Valentine’s Day is February 14, and there are V-Day celebrations happening around Vancouver that will suit every taste, from an uber-romantic dining-and-dancing harbour cruise to a radical, queer-friendly “People’s Prom.” And while you can choose to splurge on a Vancouver spa package, you can also stay budget-conscious with events that cost as little as $5 – $10 per person.

Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in Vancouver 2012

For Romantics:

1. Hugs & Fishes Sleepover at the Vancouver Aquarium - February 11, 2012
The Vancouver Aquarium’s annual V-Day event is an adult-only sleepover at the Aquarium that includes wine, cooking workshops, romantic games, 4-D cinema, a dessert buffet, and, of course, a chance to sleep with the Belugas. Tickets $125 for non-members.

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Valentine’s Day 2012: 10 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in Vancouver

25 unmissable Vancouver events in February 2012

It’s the shortest month of the year, but February in Vancouver is packed full of events.

You can depend on calendar staples: Valentine’s Day, Leap Year, Superbowl and The Academy Awards. Add to that signature regional events: Winter Pride LGBT Ski Week, Vancouver ComedyFest, Talking Stick Festival, Tales of the Cocktail and Playhouse International Wine Festival (pictured above). Don’t forget about February’s rich cultural celebrations: the city has a month-long program of film, talks, parties and performance in honour of Black History Month.

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25 unmissable Vancouver events in February 2012

Valentine’s Day with the VSO on February 14, 2011

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre

When I was compiling my list of the Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in Vancouver I missed one event that deserves press: the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) special Valentine’s Day concert Beauty and Romance: Rachmaninoff and Dvorák.

I’ve written before about what a fan I am of the VSO; I last saw them in concert in September, when they kicked off their amazing 2010/2011 season, and I can’t wait to see them in action again.  Aside from the immense musical talent, a night at the VSO offers an opportunity to really feel like you’re out on the town. You get to dress up, roam the historic (and beautiful) Orpheum Theatre during intermission, and experience a cosmopolitan event that makes any date special—and that’s all doubly true on Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s Day with the VSO on February 14, 2011

Top 5 Vancouver Chocolatiers & Boutique Chocolate Shops

Photo: Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates

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.

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Top 5 Vancouver Chocolatiers & Boutique Chocolate Shops