A chocolate sundae sits in the foreground with Ghirardelli Square in the background.
Chocolate sundae at Ghirardelli Square Credit: @justlai87

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with These Authentic San Francisco Chocolates

Life may be as unpredictable as a box of chocolates, but it will always be sweet when you are in San Francisco.

Bay Area chocolatiers are experts at incorporating locally and internationally inspired flavors into their products. You'll find some unusual combinations in stores throughout the city. Here are a few of our favorites.

The Candy Store

1507 Vallejo St.

If you miss the days of candy counters, then you'll feel right at home at The Candy Store. The Russian Hill boutique specializes in traditional candies and chocolates that you may have forgotten, from Necco wafers and wax bottles to Pixy Stix.  

Charles Chocolates

2650 18th St.

The only thing better than a box of chocolates is a chocolate box with chocolates. Chuck (Charles) Siegel is a local, self-taught chocolatier who began perfecting his art in the 1980s. His creations are an excellent choice for anyone who prefers a combination of nuts and chocolate. The tasty bars and sprinkled nuts are a classic and delicious treat to eat anywhere.

Chocolate Covered

4069 24th St.

Don't pass up Noe Valley's Chocolate Covered, a local favorite that sells more than 900 types of chocolate. They source products from all over the world, while prioritizing creators who are closer to home. Stop to see what's new each day!

Dandelion Chocolate

740 Valenica St.

At Dandelion Chocolate, located in the Mission District, you can plan an entire afternoon around cocoa. This small shop offers tours of its on-site factory in English and Spanish, and visitors can attend a series of classes for children and adults to learn more about the history and manufacturing process of chocolate. Treat yourself to a chocolate bar after a hard day's work!

Ghirardelli

Various Locations

The famous chocolatier is the namesake of one of San Francisco's top tourist attractions, Ghirardelli Square. Stop at one of their many San Francisco locations to savor chocolate-covered strawberries, a huge sundae, or purchase some of the tins of chocolates as souvenirs.

Jade Chocolates

607 Grant Ave.

Jade Chocolates is known for incorporating Asian tea, spices, and fruits into its product. Chocolatier Mindy Fong handcrafts flavors for her truffles such as Thai basil, lychee rose, curry caramel and many more. Stop in for an impressive array of hot chocolate and loose leaf tea options, too.

The San Francisco Chocolate Factory

1519 Mission St.

If you're returning from Napa or Sonoma with a few bottles to share with your friends, you'll find the perfect chocolate complement at The San Francisco Chocolate Factory. An in-house sommelier has been pairing cocoa with varietal wines for almost 20 years, making it a sweet treat after you've conquered the vineyards.

XOX Truffles

754 Columbus Ave.

The story of XOX Truffles is as sweet as the product itself. The co-owners, Jean-Marc Gorce and his wife Casimira, met at a food fair in San Francisco and later married. In the late 1990s, they created a company together that markets chocolate with a French attitude. 

Z Cioccolato

474 Columbus Ave.

Cioccolato means chocolate in Italian; but you'll find plenty more sweets at this North Beach candy shop. Z Cioccolato prides itself on its award-winning small-batch confections, especially the house specialty: seven-layer peanut butter pie.


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