There are surprisingly few chocolate shops in Atlanta proper, despite its well-earned reputation as a city of culinary delights. So for those with a penchant for the sweeter side of life, I've done the research and ground work as to what are the best chocolates in Atlanta.
From the bean-to-bar artisans at Xocolatl to the handcrafted delicacies at Saint Germain, Atlanta's admittedly small chocolate scene is as diverse as it is delicious. So in this article I take you on a tour of the city's finest chocolate shops, sharing the distinct flavors and experiences that make each one stand out.
- About the Chocolate Shops in Atlanta
- Best Chocolate Shops in Atlanta
- Saint Germain
- Chamberlain’s Chocolate Factory
- French Broad Choc (PCM)
- A Cacao Affair (Marietta)
- Xocolatl Chocolate
- The Chocolaterie Luxury Chocolates (Duluth)
- Wave 3 Coffee
- Temo Foods (Peachtree Corners)
- Jardí Chocolates (Chamblee)
- Chef Brulée Chocolates and Gâteaux (Roswell)
- *Special Mention*: Condor Chocolates
- Map of Atlanta Chocolate Shops
About the Chocolate Shops in Atlanta
Compared to other metropolitan centers in the US, the ATL chocolate scene is relatively sparse. Several lists I perused before visiting in person were padded with shops that were well over an hour from the city limits, so I put my line at a half hour drive from Atlanta (with one noted exception).
All 3 of the chocolate shops in Atlanta proper are open every day of the week, but the majority of shops on this list are closed on both Sundays and Mondays, so keep that in mind if you have a short trip but want to visit a chocolate shop in Atlanta (or the surrounding area).
Also note that the well-known Cacao Atlanta is now online-only, with their full range of products available for corporate orders or seasonally for delivery, as the holidays come upon us. Find them on instagram at hausofcacao.
All companies are listed in no particular order.
Best Chocolate Shops in Atlanta
Each location of Saint Germain features lots of cakes and creations that seem to be what draws most people in, along with their extensive coffee menu. But we were actually pulled in on a whim by the rows of brightly-colored macarons and bonbons, the latter of which come in about two dozen flavors of all types.
They have white, milk, and dark chocolate-based shells filled with ganaches, caramels, and alcohol-infused centers of all types. Though their specialty seems to be their individual-sized desserts, the bonbons were certainly impressive and worth a trip.
The employee who helped me on our visit said that the St. Germain-flavored lips and the Milk Chocolate Ganache are the top-selling flavors of bonbons. Of the half dozen bonbons we bought, we enjoyed everything - but the standouts were decidedly the Passion Fruit Ganache and the Orange Caramel, both of which I'd return for.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 8:30am-9pm & Fri./Sat. 8:30am-11pm & Sun. 8:30am-8pm
Address: 1115 Howell Mill Rd Suite 372, Atlanta, GA 30318
Chamberlain's is a family-run chocolate business dating back to the 1980's, with a rich history in the Atlanta area and a reputation for lovely gifts with a personal touch. Their top-sellers include house-made caramel apples, chocolate pecan turtles, and of course their melty truffles.
The latter are available in an array of creative flavors and colorful designs, including the more classic European-style dipped bonbons and more modern-type molded chocolates.
Amongst their popular offerings are their chocolate-making classes and events, wherein visitors can flavor and decorate their own bars, with some adult-only events coming with a BYOB clause.
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm
Address: 1575 Old Alabama Rd #205, Roswell, GA 30076, United States
Located on the far side of Central Atlanta's Ponce City Market, this outpost of Asheville-based French Broad Chocolate is not to be missed. Adding a third option to the limited selection of chocolate shops in ATL proper, French Broad's expantion unquestionably raised the bar across the city.
Besides the lovely service, the kiosk carries a dozen flavors of the brand's best-selling bonbons, most of their bars, and a selection of confections. The latter ranges from macaroon chocolate brownies and pots de creme to chocolate-covered espresso beans and their house-crafted chocolate chips.
Since I visited in wintertime, they also stocked their drinking chocolates and a few different mint chocolate-flavored treats, but this varies by season. If you only have a moment to pick, I suggest grabbing a cup of hot or iced chocolate and calling it a win.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm & Sun., 12pm-8pm
Address: food court of Ponce City Market (1st floor) at 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Suite N146
At A Cacao Affair, you'll find exquisite chocolates and cakes crafted by a couple of chocolatiers. Though as the name suggests they are, this is not a bean to bar chocolate factory, but rather a chocolate shop focused on making high-quality confections for their local market.
Their top-sellers include hand-painted bonbons, decadant truffles, and irresistible sea salt caramels, but most often remarked-upon are the flavorful macarons, flaky chocolate cigars, and glittery chocolate shoes. This would be my spot for a fancy chocolate gift for birthdays or other events that need a showstopping centerpiece.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 12pm-6:30pm & Sat. 11am-3:30pm
Address: 825 Jamerson Rd, Suite 527 Marietta GA 30066
This Atlanta bean-to-bar chocolate maker is known for their many vegan-friendly creations and flavorful single-origin chocolate bars. Available in five different origins and a dozen flavor combinations, each bar has a distinct combination of inclusions and flavor notes.
Notably, all of their bars are vegan-friendly, with the whyte and mylk chocolates made with coconut or almond butter. On my visit they also had their house-made peppermint bark, 4-ingredient honey marshmallows, and a chocolate-centric trail mix on offer.
More permanent products include a chocolate hazelnut spread, cacao nibs, and Ugandan vanilla beans, though everything I tried on my visit was delectable. They even encourage you to sample any bar you're interested in before you buy, with a small number of bars from other makers on offer.
Note that parking at the market in which they're located is pretty expensive, but you can also grab a meal at one of the many restaurants nearby to even out the expense.
Hours: 11am-9pm, daily
Address: Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street NE, Suite S, Atlanta, GA
The Chocolaterie Luxury Chocolates (Duluth)
Now co-owned by long-time employees, The Chocolaterie in Duluth serves up ice cream, hand-crafted bonbons, and several flavors of old-fashioned fudge. I didn't have a chance to visit on my last trip to Atlanta, but their shop offers a beautiful mix of more modern creations and classic European-style dipped treats.
In addition to the fudge and ice cream, the Chocolaterie offers a wide variety of atypical chocolate treats, including their best-selling champagne truffles, regional favorite bourbon balls, and several types of chocolate-covered fruits.
Hours: Tue.-Sun. 12pm-8pm (close at 9pm on Fri./Sat. & at 6pm on Sun.)
Address: 3099 Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096
Wave 3 Coffee
Having just opened their doors in early 2023, Wave3 Coffee pays homage to exactly what its name promises: third wave coffee. The owner recently moved to Atlanta from the Bay Area and wanted to bring a piece of home with him, which in this case includes the fantastic coffee scene.
But beyond the typical espresso-based drinks, the company also offers a connection to Bay Area producers, specifically in the chocolate and coffee space. I visited just before their grand opening, so offerings have likely expanded, but they started with boxes of bonbons from Feve Chocolates and bars from Dandelion Chocolate.
We were the first visitors that day, so the owner offered us (and anyone else who came in) a taste of his signature saffron water & lavender syrup latte (available caffeine-free). True to their Bay Area roots, they're using Verve coffee beans & selling Verve's dairy-free canned drinks for anyone in a hurry.
On our trip we were able to sample the Honey Lavender and the Brown Butter Rum bonbons from Feve Chocolatier, which were absolutely fantastic (we even bought a box), but keep in mind that the individual flavors of bonbons for sale with vary by season.
Hours: 8am-4pm, daily (open until 5pm on Sat. & until 3pm on Sun.)
Address: 3145 Peachtree Rd Suite 121, Atlanta, GA 30305, United States
Temo Foods is an online-only source for all types of bonbons and filled chocolate bars, with the latter making for a fantastic hostess gift or fancy dessert to bring to an event. Some of their bonbon flavors on my to-try list include the Pomegranate Molasses & Red Wine, Caramelized Georgia Pecan Crunch, and Passion Fruit white chocolate.
But while their offerings look good, they had very limited stock when I was in town, so I haven't yet had the chance to try them for myself. So if you have the chance to try them, please leave a comment, and for some delectable chocolate shots be sure to check out their truffle gallery before placing your order.
Hours: Online Only
Started by talented pastry chef Jocelyn Dubuke-Gragg, Jardí is a chocolate company based just outside the city, specializing in bonbons and caramels as well as panned confections and filled minibars.
On our way out of Atlanta, within an hour of ordering, were able to stop by their commercial kitchen to pick up our bonbons, peach caramels, and some corn puff dragées. With no complaints about the others, the flavors which impressed me the most were the Guava Cream Cheese; the Lychee, Mango & Mezcal; and the Yuzu Bergamot (though it's an absolute flavor bomb).
The peach caramels are delicious, though they tasted more jammy than bright & fruity, which reinforced to me that she cooked down fresh fruits to make them. If I find myself in Atlanta again, I hope she has a dedicated retail shop I can stop into for seasonal specialties and a scrumptious taste of the South.
Hours: 12pm - 8pm, Mon.-Fri. (arranged ahead of time)
Address: 3400 W Hospital Ave # 102, Chamblee, GA 30341
More than ever I'm seeing pastry chefs step exclusively into the world of chocolate, but after a memorable course with Ecole Chocolat, Natalya of Chef Brulee in Roswell has remained true to her chef roots, keeping both chocolate and cakes at the forefront.
Some of her specialty items include beautifully crafted European-style pastries, delicate truffles, and even chocolate sculptures. There aren't many places in the US where you can still buy a chocolate sculpture, so there's something to be said for the artistry involved.
Beyond the typical flavors of bonbons, however, at Chef Brulee there are over three dozen flavors, each with their own colorful, unique design. Some of the most remarkable include the rumpled Amarula, bursting strawberry champagne, and bright pecan pie.
With a focus on quality ingredients and exquisite attention to detail, your taste buds will thank you for your visit.
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm (open until pm on Thu.)
Address: 1140 Alpharetta Street #500, Roswell GA 30075
Though not *exactly* in Atlanta, for any chocoholics in ATL, this Athens-based chocolate shop is a wonderland worth the trek. Like Xocolatl, Condor specializes in bean-to-bar chocolate, using cacao beans sourced directly from the Esmeraldas province of Ecuador.
This means that not only is Condor family-owned, but all of their products are made in-house from the bean (including the coffee!). These include milk and dark chocolate bars, seasonal bonbons and barks, house-made toffees, and chocolate granola.
I've ordered and enjoyed some of their bars over the years, and while I haven't yet had the chance to try any of their bonbons or single-origin drinking chocolate, I promise their milk chocolate bars alone will hasten a return trip.
Between the Bulldog Bars and the Bulldog Bark, the UGA pride here is palpable, so don't forget to stop in for a treat if you're a UGA alum.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm & Sun., 11am-6pm
Address: 160 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601