“You come all this way just to see my farm, and I must show you it.”
When the owner & operator of TL Chocolates & Cacao Farm said this to us, we paused for a moment and reflected on how weird the situation might seem to him. These two American girls had asked to see his cacao farm. He’s not exactly in the middle of Taipei. But I think you can find good chocolate most anyplace.
My mission is to try all the best chocolate in the world, and some of it is found in unexpected places. This month, I just so happened to find myself in Taiwan, the origin of a few award-winning chocolates. From bean-to-bar chocolate makers using Asian cacao to classically-trained pastry chefs using local flavors, Taiwan’s chocolate scene demands to be savoured and appreciated. Chocolate is one of the best desserts to eat in Taiwan, as it’s not only home-grown but home made.
In this article we start from the capital city of Taipei, in the north, and make our way south. Flipping through 30 chocolate shops across the island, we finish in Pingtung County, where the majority of the island’s cacao is grown. Since I don’t speak Mandarin, this is by no means an exhaustive list of all the chocolate shops in Taiwan. In fact, some of the shops we visited didn’t even make the list. But from the recommendations of friends in the chocolate industry, as well as some people we met along the way, this is a sampling of some of the best chocolate shops around Taiwan. Anywhere you are, I guarantee that you’re somewhere close to chocolate.
Table of Contents
- TAIEPEI CITY
- YILAN COUNTY
- TAOYUAN CITY
- HUALIEN COUNTY
- NANTOU COUNTY
- CHANGHUA COUNTY
- YUNLIN COUNTY
- TAITUNG COUNTY
- KHAOSIUNG CITY
- PINGTUNG COUNTY
This entire shop is oh-so-instagram-worthy, and they offer brunch and coffee, as well as fruity chocolates. What more do you need? Being inside the cafe is like being inside a chocolate box, with dark walls and rows of gorgeous truffles as soon as you walk through the door. The cashier took awhile to tell me it was cash only, but if you seek a little treat it’s worth dropping in, as it’s just across from the metro. I’d recommend the less eye-catching earl grey, lemon, and nutty waffle chocolates.
Address: No. 11, Lane 10, Jiuquan Street, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103 (Google Maps)
Hours: 10:30am-9pm, daily
This museum-turned-guesthouse is just off the red line of the MRT, and offers DIY classes for kids, desserts, chocolate and coffee drinks, bean to bar chocolate, house-made bonbons, and meals in their restaurant. They are situated on a large estate, so they charge en entrance fee of NT$200, half of which can later be used towards a meal or drink in their cafe. Schokolake has smaller outlets in Taoyuan and Taichung.
Address: No. 32, Lane 505, Section 5, Zhongshan North Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111 (Google Maps)
Hours: 11:30am-10pm, Mon-Sat; 2-10pm, Sundays
Looking for your friendly neighborhood chocolate shop? Well look no further. Amidst trendy Taipei’s many chocolate shops sits a more affordable option. Henry & Cary offers pastries and flavored & dipped chocolates with prices based on weight. The rather sweet and inexpensive treats are made in-house with imported couverture. You can find your happiness at the bottom of a nice box or a plastic bag; dealer’s choice.
Address: No. 14, Lane 74, Wenzhou Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google Maps)
Hours: 12-9pm, daily
The interior is white, but the theme is unmistakably purple. There is only one table for guests, with a single menu of the drink offerings, carefully placed right across from the glass case of goodies. On offer are small thin squares or much larger bars of their bean-to-bar chocolate, as well as patê de fruit made with local fruit. The employees are very helpful despite the language barrier, and proffer samples gratuitously. The chocolate was very expensive but scrumptious, though I’m positive that this is the only place in Taiwan where you’ll find a single-origin Cuban chocolate.
Address: No. 7, Lane 199, Section 4, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taiwan 106 (Google Maps)
Hours: 11:30am-8pm, daily
Their lemon cake, roughly translated as grandmother’s lemon cake, is amazing. The pineapple hazelnut puff we had was bright and creamy, and the coffee hit the spot on a rainy day. But the chocolates and patê de fruits are the real stars of the show. Shaped like long rectangles, the award-winning batons du chocolat are all fluffy French-style ganache on the inside. Roses & raspberry and the red berry tea were my favorites.
Address: No. 24, Lane 122, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google Maps)
Hours: 11:30am-7pm, closed Tuesday
The chocolates, imported from the original Swiss workshop of the same name, have likely traveled even further than you to reach Taiwan. Since their founding in Geneva in 1875, this chocolate maker has expanded out of Europe and brought its bean to bar excellence to Asia. The carefully laid-out chocolates line the display case along the right side of the narrow shop. Craft chocolate bars and champagne truffles await your order.
Address: 號, No. 158, DunHua N Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 (Google Maps)
Hours: 11am-10pm, daily
It may be hot in Taipei, but this cafe is cool. Known as one of the best chocolatiers in Taiwan, and one of the priciest, these award-winning truffles are worthy of a bite or four. I enjoyed the Signature Yu and the Basil Lemon the most. The employees spoke some of the best English of anyone we met in Taiwan, and the chocolates and decor are gorgeous, bathrooms being no exception. If you’re looking for a chic spot for a quiet chat over whiskey, this is it.
Address: No. 10, Alley 3, Lane 112, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google Maps)
Hours: 12-8pm, closed Wednesday
This is a tiny shop, with just two tables and a smattering of chairs, but the space is carefully utilized. The beautiful shop sells coffees, chocolate desserts, ice cream in a cup or cone, and ten different flavors of bonbons. In keeping with Taiwanese taste for European-style chocolates, the stylish boutique has quickly become a local favorite, and could become yours, too.
Address: No. 55, Yizhong Road, Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan 260 (Google Maps)
Hours: 11am-9pm, daily
At first glance, you might think this three-story building is a factory or a warehouse. But once you get past the gates and the entrance fee (coupons included), a massive bilingual chocolate museum is opened to you. In addition to the restaurant, gift shop and museum, on the third floors are the DIY Kids’ Chocolate Workshop rooms. The museum offers daily chocolate making tours, including visuals with their model cacao trees, enclosed in glass prominently in the center of the facility.
Address: Section 2, Jieshou Road & Qiaokeli Street, Bade District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 334 (Google Maps)
Hours: 9:30am-5pm, closed Mondays
Even though it’s a mall kiosk, their chocolates are definitely the real deal. The Taiwanese bean-to-bar company Schokolake offers chocolate bars and truffles through this mall setup, as well as milk tea and a huge variety of coffee and soda drinks. The staff is very nice and speaks enough english to communicate. I would recommend a box with the raspberry and coffee bonbons.
Address: 330, Taiwan, Taoyuan City, Taoyuan District, Zhongzheng Road, 47號號 (Google Maps)
Hours: 11am-11pm, daily
Love Choco is no exception to the Taiwanese trend of small, clean chocolate shops. They offer boxes of cut ganache and dozens of seasonal chocolates, with flavors ranging from Apricot to Sesame. The drink menu includes Taiwanese teas and several espresso-based drinks. On your way down the east coast, wind through the mountains, stare out the window, and stop for chocolate. Then repeat.
Address: No. 201, Section 2, Zhongyang Road, Ji’an Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 973 [Ji Nong Cao Century Park] (Google Maps)
Hours: 2-6pm, weekdays and 11am-6pm, weekends & holidays
Fancy a beer with a plate of chocolate-dipped oranges and strawberries? Or how about an instagram-worthy brownie or a plate of truffles? This quaint chocolaterie doubles as a neighborhood art gallery and cafe, with a multitude of single-origin hot chocolates, drip coffee and latte options. The shop also offers cacao and coffee education classes, with interesting insights from a country which produces both.
Address: No. 70, Chung Hue Street, Hualien City (Google Maps)
Hours: 2-10pm, closed Tuesdays
TL Chocolates owner Tseng Cheng Tung is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He owns what is likely the northernmost cacao plantation in the world, and offers tours of the 800-tree farm when he gives his chocolate making workshops. Though classes are by appointment only, they are worth the wait. When we went, Mr. Tseng had prepared some chocolates with cut local fruit & cacao pulp jelly & chocolate milk jelly for the two of us. Contact home through Facebook to make a booking.
Address: 55151, Taiwan, Nantou County, Mingjian Township, 東湖村虎坑巷47號 (Google Maps)
Hours: 8am-4pm, daily (by appointment only)
A bright open space, resembling the vanilla green house next door, greets you when you walk in to Vanilla Knight Chocolates. Your eye is drawn to a small display case fully of tiny chocolate disguised as works of art. Those are the fresh ganaches and bonbons, some shaped like tiny planets, that the shop is famous for. The café illustrates their vanilla harvesting process along one side of the sit-down space, which boasts a small menu of caffeinated drinks and a vast array of pastries.
Address: 號, No. 241-2, Section 1, Zhongshan Road, Puli Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 545 (Google Maps)
Hours: 10am-6pm, daily
Smack dab in the center of Taiwan is a colorful chocolate wonderland. Though definitely out of the way, this place has the best reviews of anywhere in Nantou. Dozens of beautiful truffles in a long glass display case call your eye as soon as you walk in the door. Seasonal cookies, cakes and ganache, oh my! Fitting with the cute and old-timey decor, they also offer DIY chocolate classes and afternoon tea sets.
Address: 546, Taiwan, Nantou County, Ren’ai Township, 榮光巷8-3號 (Google Maps)
Hours: 9am-7pm, daily
Even though it’s in the center of a large town, if I didn’t know better I would have said this place was the town. With a café serving Taiwanese coffee, a brick-oven pizza restaurant, homemade gelato stand, and climate-controlled chocolate workshop, you might feel like Feeling 18 has taken over this area. The name comes from the fact that the chocolate shop is kept at an even 18°C to maintain the integrity of the chocolates. When you go, don’t miss out on the passion fruit white chocolate ganache or the hazelnut praline.
Address: No. 20, Ci’en Street, Puli Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 545 (Google Maps)
Hours: 10am-7pm, weekdays & 10am-8pm, weekends
Known for delicious ice cream and truffles with samples galore, this is the spot if you’re looking for a tea and chocolate pairing. Started by a mother inspired by her young daughter, now you have the chance to partake of her chocolate stash. Munich is small, but offers a bright outdoor space in which to munch on macarons or sink into a lava fudge cake with friends.
Address: No. 324, Bagua Road, Nantou City, Nantou County, Taiwan 540 (Google Maps)
Hours: 9am-6pm, daily
Oh, so very refreshing. From out of the Taiwanese heat, I wandered into a chocolate heaven when I walked into Mucha Chocolate Shop. Iced coffee and chocolate cool you down, and samples from tins of chocolate-covered fruits beckon you to stay longer. Their selection of enrobed chocolates are filled with everything from local fruits and liquors to single origin ganaches. The lovely owner happily translated the Chinese menu for me, and even put a pretty bow on top of my box, as her chocolates deserve.
Address: No. 386, Huamei Street, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403 (Google Maps)
Hours: 12-10pm, closed Mondays
Decadent French-style truffles and chocolate desserts fill the display cases on either side of the bright boutique. The wall of gift boxes catches your eye until you are once again distracted by a sign for afternoon tea. You settle into a tall chair at the chocolate bar, and place an order. With house-made cookies and seasonal sweets, an afternoon tea set at Chochoco is not quickly forgotten.
Hours: 10am-9pm, daily
Chomeet is a charming bean-to-bar shop, run by possibly the most adorable couple in Taiwan (though I admit, my sample size is small). To combat a very small interior, they maintain lots of open outdoor space, often utilized for chocolate education events & DIY workshops. Currently on their menu are an iced chocolate drink, as well as and three varieties of bean-to-bar chocolate squares made with Taiwanese cacao: 99%, 75% with bee pollen & black tea, and coffee & red quinoa. Instagram: chomeet_chocolate.
Address: 413, Taiwan, Taichung City, Wufeng District, 和平路2-4號 (Google Maps)
Hours: 1-6pm, weekdays & 10am-6pm, weekends
French-style chocolates and a dozen flavors of ice cream? Sign me up. Fresh juices and tea, as well as house made ganaches and cookies round out the offerings from this small retailer located just south of Taichung City. The owner has been pursuing her dream of delicious, affordable chocolates for years. She has trained in Belgium, Japan, and Taiwan, and makes beautiful chocolates by incorporating alcohol, fruits, teas, and spices.
Address: No. 477, Zhongzheng Road, Yuanlin City, Changhua County, Taiwan 510 (Google Maps)
Hours: 10am-9:30pm, daily
Yet another quality stop for a spot of afternoon tea, guests also come for the beautiful truffles and elaborate pastries. The company imports Swiss chocolate to craft each delicate confection, from the fruit & nut mediants to the fresh cream ganaches rolled in cocoa powder. With a wide selection of gelatos (with sugar-free options) to entice you in, the extensive coffee and chocolate menu will have you picking a table and taking a seat.
Address: No. 268, Zhongjian West Road, Douliu City, Yunlin County, Taiwan 640 (Google Maps)
Hours: 1-9pm, closed Tuesdays
Warm single origin hot cocoas and coffees match the cozy interior, while wide green spaces outside will remind you that you’re still in Taiwan. The shop is decorated with jute bags from coffee beans, and the owner himself pulls the majority of the drinks. He also makes most of the bean-to-bar chocolate sold in their store. Displayed upfront are packages of chocolate-dipped fruits and nuts, as well as house-made truffles— I’d recommend a coffee & truffles set, if you’re looking for the full experience.
Address: 號, No. 51, Yong’an Road, Luye Township, Taitung County, Taiwan 955 (Google Maps)
Hours: 2-6pm, Fri.-Sun. & 2-6pm Mon.-Thur. (with advance notice)
Just off the highway lies a small urban shop whose chocolates beg to be photographed. With beautiful packaging and even prettier sweets inside, the popular Khaosiung chocolatier offers a large selection of bonbons and cut ganaches, as well as patê de fruit. Around the holidays, keep an eye out for seasonal decorations and their rather intricate chocolate creations.
Address: No. 170, Shuiyuan Road, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 80766 (Google Maps)
Hours: 12-9pm, Tues.-Fri. & 10am-6pm, Sat. & Closed Sundays
If you’re feeling thirsty, be sure to stop by the “Coco Bar” at E’Z Chocolat for a shot of hot sipping chocolate or espresso. The perfect pairing would be one of the shop’s pretty pastries, cut into pieces for dunking and sharing (if you’re the generous sort). While you wait, peruse their large selection of bonbons, with flavors ranging from rose to coffee or vanilla.
Address: No. 51號, Qingnian 2nd Road, Lingya District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 802 (Google Maps)
Hours: 12-9pm, daily
Just follow the bright yellow signs to get to this internationally-acclaimed chocolate maker. Once you arrive, a hall of chocolate infographics leads you from their restaurant— which serves meals and afternoon tea & bonbons— to the air-conditioned chocolate workshop. The brand has become known for their six Taiwanese-origin chocolates. But they also import Papua New Guinean and Ecuadorian cacao to craft bean-to-bar chocolates, and create scrumptious flavored bars with French chocolate.
Address: 屏東縣東港鎮大鵬路100號, No.100, Dapeng Rd., Donggang Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 928 (Google Maps)
Hours: 9am-6pm, daily
Chui has spent the last 14 years dedicating his life to bringing cacao as a viable crop to Taiwan. It started with a desire for quality Taiwanese coffee, but spread quickly towards other fine flavor raw materials. He was the first craft chocolate maker in Taiwan, and these days he uses his own cacao. On their property you can try some of his tree-to-bar chocolates and ice cream, as well as learn all about how they are made & the history of Taiwanese cocoa.
Address: 921, Pingtung County, 內埔鄉, 富田村富豐路328號 (Google Map)
Hours: 10am – 9pm, Tue-Sun.
Cocosun Cacao Farm & Chocolate Museum is well-known locally for their “chocolate enzyme drink,” which is made with fermented cacao nibs and basically tastes like white wine in chocolate slushy form. They also make bean-bar chocolate on-site. Intrigued? Their brand, Jobar, uses Ecuadorian cacao, while the company relies upon Belcolade couverture to make their bonbons. Cacao trees grow on the large property, and you can snag some fresh cacao pods and a pizza after wandering the farm, or taking one of their Chocolate DIY classes.
Address: 923, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Wanluan Township, 復興路2之55號 (Google Maps)
Hours: 9am-6pm, daily
This Workshop Cafe has an open house of sorts every Sunday from 1pm-6pm, during which Joyce demonstrates the chocolate making process (with samples, of course!). Later on, she discusses the cacao and coffee trees growing just outside the cafe windows. Joyce has traveled around the world to learn about cacao harvesting and chocolate making, and would make a good resource for chocolate junkies.
Address: No. 108, Tongan Road, Neipu Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 912 (Google Maps)
Hours: Sundays from 1pm – 6pm, or by appointment.
Wandering across this plantation earns you bursts of much-needed AC every time you enter a room, with plenty of wide open spaces in between. Four times daily, they have performances by local indigenous people, and just as often they offer DIY Classes in chocolate making and herbal experimentation. After a long walk, settle in at the cafe. Order a cup of Taiwanese coffee, and some truffles— I fell hard for the passion fruit and the honey & almond— and house-made ice cream, and relax.
Address: No. 27-8, Wanli Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 946 (Google Maps)
Hours: 9am-6pm, daily
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