The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has made chocolate part of San Francisco’s heritage since 1852. And while we relish those iconic chocolate squares, we also savor innovation.
So, here’s a look at some of the best local chocolate purveyors in San Francisco to visit during your stay.
Broadly praised, this no-filler chocolate company has created buzz in the local chocolate scene since its opening in 2010. Located in the hip Mission District, Dandelion’s single-origin chocolates are pure and perfectly made. Try a brownie bite flight, hot chocolate and other pastries at the café for a sweet start to your day. The chocolate factory is located just behind the counter, so expect tempting smells as soon as you near the shop. Located at 740 Valencia St., Mission
It seems that every confection pastry chef Ginger Elizabeth Hahn touches turns to edible gold, and chocolate is no exception. Aside from the tastiest homemade ice cream in the city, chocolates and bonbons at Ginger Elizabeth are perfectly balanced and made with unquestionable craftsmanship. Stop by the shop for chocolates, macarons, or an ice cream sandwich. 3108 Fillmore St., Cow Hollow
With a focus on blending chocolate with tea, Asian spices and tropical fruits, this local chocolatier creates flavors you won’t find anywhere else. Visit Jade Chocolates in the Inner Richmond to taste eye-catching, handmade creations. Bring home a box of these tasty treats as a souvenir. While you’re there, try a hot chocolate made from scratch with fusions like jasmine green tea or passion fruit. Yum. Located at 4207 Geary Blvd., Inner Richmond
Ethically sourced and certified fair trade, TCHO got its start along the city’s Embarcadero but now resides in Berkeley. Their neatly-packaged chocolates are nothing short of delicious, with blends like Aged Earl Grey and the fantastically tart Triple Berry. Visit the TCHO Factory for a tour to learn about their process. 3100 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.
Interested in more? Take advantage of the city’s appreciation for chocolate and set out on a chocolate tour of downtown San Francisco! Book directly with Gourmet Walks for a sweet outing you won’t forget.