A few hours south of San Francisco, Los Angeles hides within its vibrant streets a treasure trove of gourmet chocolate shops and chocolatiers that are a must-visit for any connoisseur of cacao.
From the sleek, modern boutiques in Beverly Hills to the cozy, artisanal spots in the heart of downtown LA, I've tasted my way through an array of handcrafted creations that are as diverse as the city itself, all plotted on the map below.
In this article I share with you the crème de la crème of Los Angeles chocolate shops, covering the unique flavors, exquisite craftsmanship, and unforgettable creations that each one offers. Whether you seek a luxurious gift or a personal indulgence, join me as we delve into the LA chocolate scene.
Los Angeles Chocolate Makers (Factories)
Tucked away in Torrance is this small bean to bar chocolate maker. There's standing room only inside, though there are a couple of chairs for impatient little ones or anyone who gets lost in conversation with the lovely owner, Jeffray.
He's a father of five, devoted husband, and LA Kings sponsee; the company has perservered through over half a dozen different space changes since their founding in 2003. Marsatta now works exclusively with Maya Mountain Cacao, a Belizean company well-known for their fruity, fudgey cacaos with little bitterness.
Both online and at the retail store Marsatta has a fantastic soft caramel, mint-infused ganaches, and lines of fully vegan liquor-infused ganaches made with locally-distilled rum, vodka, and whiskey, all of which are offered in beautiful gift boxes of 4 or 12.
If you're lucky enough to be there when they have their house-made ice cream, don't hesitate to grab a pint. The company even offers a 100% cacao bar with no added sugar, which while not at all sweet is very smooth, and balanced with a number of nuanced notes.
Other options include the monk fruit-sweetened dark chocolate and a remarkable rose dark chocolate, plus as a goat milk chocolate (made with milk sourced from a local farm). Keep an eye out for the seasonal bonbon flavors, too.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 2pm-7pm & Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm (6:30pm on Sat.)
Address: 1321 Post Ave Unit 101, Torrance, CA 90501
Chocovivo has the most free-thinking approach to chocolate making of all the chocolate factories in LA. Their specialty is clearly chocolate, with a very eclectic mix of other cacao-based and cacao-inspired products, including botanical elixirs, CBD tinctures, books about chocolate, body butters, and energy balls.
They also offer guided chocolate tastings in a few different sizes, as well as infused honeys, chocolate-dipped treats, and a small pizza menu, including chocolate pizzas. On the beverage side is a huge coffee and chocolate and cacao drink menu, as well as a variety of beautiful pastries with a few grain-free options in there.
On my visit I tried the cacao cream cold brew (cold coffee topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce) and honestly it was too watery for me; I preferred my husband's latte and cherry danish, the latter of which was stupendous.
However the chocolate bars are all very smooth with mild-tasting chocolate, no hint of bitterness, and milk & white chocolate options made with rice milk powder (therefore nut-free + dairy-free). There's even space for about 15 people to sit inside & outside, as well as a few spaces to park right out front.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11am-5pm & Fri.-Sun., 8am-9pm
Address: 12469 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
LetterPress produces a huge range of different chocolate percentages and origins - just over a dozen at the time of publishing - all of which they have samples of, if you just ask at the counter.
All of the bars are made at their LA chocolate factory, of which they also offer tours, which can be booked at least 24 hours in advance; just check availability at the calendar on their site.
They produce two whites, several milks, and well over a dozen dark chocolates, the latter of which is available in a range of flavors and textures, including mint, sea salt, and mocha. The bars themselves are all the same size, but come in a variety of colors and tints meant to match their flavor profiles and indicate their origins.
For a quick shop you can grab gift sets of bars at the register. But some of their bars can get pretty pricey, rangeing currently from $12 to $18, which is quite affordable considering how many steps and hands the ingredients travel through before forming into a bar.
On the more unique side they offer T-shirts, bottled water, pouches of cacao pulp, and a rotating selection of house-made ice creams - the earl grey and the mint chocolate chip are absolutely fantastic.
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 1pm-4pm & Fri.-Sun., 1pm-6pm
Address: 2835 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Los Angeles Chocolatiers
This shop is the sole outlet for Belgian chocolates made in the south of the country by a master chocolatier with whom they've worked for decades. They also offer Dolfin brand Belgian chocolate bars, drinking chocolate dots in milk and dark, as well as a few works of art - chocolate-themed, of course.
Unfortunately, they were competely out of bonbons on my visit, their empty case a stark contrast to the delightful chocolate smell in the shop. If youre able to make the trip, let me know what you think of thior chocolates in the comments!
Their small menu features Belgian waffles as well as Italian-style coffee drinks and house-made drinking chocolate, the availability of which means that they also keep half and half as well as heavy cream (for those who like their coffees richer than the usual).
Seasonally, they also stock confections like fruit jellies, chocolate Easter eggs, small chocolate Santas, and marzipans.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-6pm
Address: 12008 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
This is by far my favorite chocolatier in LA, and in my humble opinion, one of the best in the US. From their artfully-crafted candy bars to their layered bonbons and truffles, every detail of each piece is carefully thought-out.
My visit fell in between the slow summer season and the fall rush, so they were low on several items I'd hoped to find in-store, including their incredible caramels. Available in four flavors— passion fruit, raspberry, chocolate, and classic— the artisanal caramels are a can't miss.
But the star of the show is undoubtedly their mainstay collection of bonbons and truffles, which includes around a dozen and a half flavors such as passion fruit caramel, hazelnut praline, and double yuzu.
I've ordered from here at least five times and tried their entire calaogue, so while I tend towards the fruit caramels and pate de fruits, I've never been disappointed by a flavor.
If you visit in person, they also carry a moderate selection of fresh pastries as well as coffee and chocolate drinks at their walk-up window on Camden Drive, but don't forget to walk in for a box or baggie of bonbons.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11am-5pm & Sat. 11am-4pm & Sun. 9am-2pm
Address: 9548 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This Beverly Hills chocolate shop was founded in the 1940's as a candy shop catering to the rising Hollywood elite; a longevity which makes complete sense after trying their chocolates.
Like the old-style candy shops, their house-made marshmallows, toffees, caramels, and nut pastes are the stars of the show, while the chocolate couvertures they use are rather purposefully bland, acting as a carrier for their confections.
In particular their English toffee is unbelievably crisp and buttery, with a painted-on coat of chocolate and a loose covering of chopped nuts, while they make a rich caramel that's stiff but not too sweet and pleasantly chewy.
However, alongside the very accomodating customer service, the shop also offers dozens of other treats, including flavored caramel apples, pre-weighed baggies of candy, honeycomb crisps, marzipans, and chocolate-covered oreos.
For those looking for a stunning chocolate gift, consider one of their baskets made of chocolate and filled with their bonbons. Everything in their central case, some 30+ flavors of confections, is sold by weight, so we of course picked out a grand selection.
Of the dozen pieces we purchased, I wish I'd gotten more of the English toffee, salted caramels, raspberry marshamllows, peanut crunches, and chocolate-dipped orange slices.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm & Sun., 11am-4pm
Address: 444 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Originally known for their house-made fudge, this brand has since expanded into caramels and glacé fruits, as well as flavored chocolate bars, and chocolate-coated almonds and shortbread. Notably they were one of the only shops in LA I saw carrying ruby chocolate bars, though they also carry the more typical types of chocolate.
Their sea salt caramels, with a melty but thick caramel center, were my favorites, while the glacé fruits are also great, particularly the oranges and the mango. Unfortunately, I found their fudge bars to be the least exciting product they sell, though they're widely sold individually-wrapped at shops around LA.
Of the 6 flavors of fudge we tried, the hazelnut and the raspberry were pretty good, but the orange, peanut butter, marzipan, and mint were either too strong or way too sweet, with flavors that fell flat.
I'd order the candied fruits or caramels again, but their signature fudges did not impress. Note that their Beverly Hills boutique closed permanently as of September 2023.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm
Address: 1508 N Sierra Bonita Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (2 locations)
Founded in the late 1980's, Diane Krön Chocolatier is a staple chocolate shop in Beverly Hills, known particularly for their dipped chocolate treats, as well as alcohol-filled chocolate balls (or 'shots').
This tiny shop is helmed by the founder herself, who greeted us when we walked in with a little baggie of crunchy chocolate bear samples, then offered us a tequila shot of chocolate, literally a squirt of tequila in a chocolate-dipped sugar shell.
These crispy treats are offered in three different flavors, while her truffles are Hungarian-style, infused with a touch of rum, making this a popular stop during Father's Day. There are not, however, any bonbons, which I most typically associate with chocolatiers.
While the chocolates we tried were nice, this is more the kind of place I'd go for one particular type of treat I'd fallen in love with than for one-stop-shopping, as the chocolate couverture she uses is very mild and unremarkable, great for highlighting unique fillings and fruits.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm & Sun., 12pm-5pm
Address: 9606 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This LA chocolatier is a new favorite of mine, with their tiny sleek storefront in Culver City. The centerpiece of their offerings are by far their one dozen flavors of bonbons, all displayed in a large case in the center of the store.
Each one is grouped roughly by type, with three each of alcohol flavors, fruit flavors, nut flavors, and botanicals such as earl grey or cardamom. We decided to try almost all of the flavors, opting to buy the last one separately (pro-tip if you're buying a gift and want to taste some for yourself!).
All of the 10 flavors of chocolates we tried were fantastic, and I'd be thrilled to get a box of any or every one of them. Each one is smooth with clear flavors and thin shells that give those 2 or 3 bites of bonbon the balanced richness you'd expect from gold-painted, $5 bonbons.
Amongst their range of offerings on the wall are flavored chocolate-covered nuts, hot chocolate mix, chocolate granola, black sesame caramels, and a range of large & small praline-filled bars.
Along the counter on our visit were black sesame chocolate cookies and their moderately-sized coffee & chocolate drinks menu, including a reasonable option that includes a chocolate and coffee pairing with 2 of their bonbons (normally $4.50 each).
I've never had anything quite like the crunchy, flavorful black sesame caramel, so if you can only try one bonbon from Milla (and enjoy black sesame), go for that one.
Hours: Tue.-Sun., 10am-5pm
Address: 9414 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Valerie has 2 locations with one much more of a cafe, but both offer a selection of their house-made bonbons and truffles, including seasonal selections and classic assortments of best-sellers. Their 9-piece classic arrays either focus on alcohol-infused chocolates or an assortment of alcohol-infused, tea-flavored, or plain ganaches.
We got the latter, and the shells are nice & thin with smooth, creamy ganaches, but of the 9 flavors, only 3 of them had distinguishable flavors: the earl grey, the liquid caramel, and the matcha, all of which were good but not great.
But their largest offerings are certainly their many chocolate bars, which while made with couverture chocolate are mostly flavored with blends including toasted rice & sesame, blushing berry (white chocolate with raspberries, pistachios, and rose petals), and the durango (milk chocolate with roasted almonds, cacao nibs, and smoked salt).
They also offer chocolate treats including an enrobed black sesame toffee, chocolate granola, and chocolate-dipped pretzels. At their cafe location you can even purchase a half dozen different flavors of chocolate-coated petit fours.
However my favorite purchase of the day was a delicious not-too-sweet flourless chocolate cake topped with whipped cream, which I highly enjoyed alongside a piece of their quiche lorraine and side salad.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm
Address: 1665 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (2 locations)
Teuscher, a renowned chocolate shop with Swiss origins, brings a touch of European elegance to the heart of Beverly Hills. Known for their impeccable quality and classic flavors, Teuscher specializes in rich truffles and pralines.
Their signature product, the champagne truffle, has been a bestseller for decades, crafted with a creamy blend of chocolate, buttercream, and Dom Pérignon. No matter what location you visit, the shop's luxurious packaging and diverse selection remain the same; some personal favorites include their lavender truffles and gianduja.
The assortment of truffles, including some plain flavors like dark chocolate ganaches, milk chocolate caramels, and assorted fruit-infused varieties, are consistently delicious. While the prices reflect the premium, imported nature of the chocolates, you do get what you pay for (and where you bought it).
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm
Address: 371 N Camden Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
With 2 locations in Pasadena and Glendale, this chocolatier is a bit outside the city, but offers such a diverse array of products so as to be a one-stop-shop for all types of parties.
As soon as you walk in you'll see plain foil-wrapped squares of chocolate, sold by the pound in themed wrappers. There are individual displays for chocolate cigars, CBD chocolate squares, chocolate turtles, and orangettes, as well as chocolate barks of all types.
However, most visitors come for the dozens of flavors of bonbons in the big case at the back of the store. We ended up trying around a dozen flavors, and while the shells are consistently thick, many of the flavors were so light as to be near nonexistent.
The tiramisu, passion fruit, caramel ball, and generally top two rows of flavors were most consistently balanced, with the toffee bonbon being my favorite. Though honestly, all of the flavors were very mild rather than sharp, bitter, or acidic, and most of the shells were really thick with just a tiny bit of filling.
But if you find a favorite flavor and just need a treat, there's seating for 6 people outside, for those nice Cali weather days. They even offer chocolate-covered strawberries, vegan gelato, and a small selection of coffee drinks year-round, plus a free full-sized chocolate sample with every purchase.
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 12pm-6pm & Sun., 12pm-4pm
Address: 6 East Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 USA
LA Chocolate Shops
Commonly recommended to me by fellow chocolate lovers based in the area, this gourmet market in LA is known to carry some of the best selection of bean to bar chocolates in the area. The offerings are diverse, with many of the bars selected for their unique flavor inclusions or flavor profiles.
This variety makes them even better for pairing with fine cheeses, wines, and other high-quality food gifts. In addition to the displays of chocolate there are cases full of macarons and cakes, conveniently located next to their in-house bistro and reaosnably far from the seafood cases.
Hours: 9am-9pm, daily (closes at 8pm on Sun.)
Address: 6333 W 3rd St #150, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Did you know that See's started in LA over a century ago? The iconic candy brand has been a fixture in Los Angeles since 1921, and for many decades it was only available in California. Their shops, with their vintage black-and-white tiled floors, became a haven for consistently delicious chocolates and candies.
In the shop itself you can choose from their dipped truffles, fruits, caramels, toffees, and more to create your own box, as well as pick up seasonal offerings. Bestsellers include their assorted chocolate boxes, which offer a mix of milk and dark chocolates with various fillings, though the California brittle is a fan favorite.
Fun Fact: this very same shop on La Cienega Boulevard is where they filmed the famous I Love Lucy chocolate factory scene!
It's definitely not the best chocolate in LA, but it is consistently sweet, crunchy, and comforting; it always hits the spot. Plus, no matter how busy they get, you can always get a free sample and a hit of nostalgia - on the house.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-7pm & Sun., 10am-6pm
Address: 3431 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Online-Only LA Chocolatiers
While this LA chocolatier has been around for quite awhile, I've tried many of their bars over the last decade and have never been impressed. Their primary offerings include a line of uniquely-flavored chocolate bars as well as their newer set of flavored bonbons.
Unfortunately, their LA chocolate shop closed in 2020, which is not reflected on their wedsite, social media, or Google listing, so while they do have a physical location for local pick-up orders from online, this is NOT a place to stop in and shop.
Hours: Online Only (weekday pickup available for locals)
This home-based chocolatier is newer on the scene, but after trying a dozen of her flavors, I get the impression that she'll be making a big splash in the coming years. Each nut praline is smooth and balanced, while her caramels are rich without being too sweet.
The ganaches are creamy without overwhipping, allowing each of the flavors to shine through. I also appreciate that several of the collections are themed for the season, with flavor combinations to match.
Her shells are thin enough to carry each flavor combination, but not so thin that they'll break in transit or become unstable in a week. In particular the Hawai'i Bonbons collection was a favorite, with the piña colada flavor disappearing almost as quickly as I took my first bite.
Right now she has a small core collection of bonbons with a rotating selection for the various holidays, like smashable chocolate skulls for Halloween, a solid Christmas tree, or eggs for Easter, each filled with a number of bonbons to enjoy once you’ve each taken a swing.
Hours: Online Only
This unusual confectioner is not to be missed if you find yourself in the LA Metro Area during peak chocolate season. Though there are other impressive chocolatiers in LA and the surrounding area, Sin takes everything just one step further, with immaculate attention to detail.
From hostess gifts and holiday treats to showstopping centerpieces, this one-woman show offers a rotating selection of chocolate confections, such as house-made hazelnut meltaways, orange ginger caramels, and peppermint bark (hand-painted red dogs filled with crushed peppermint candy and a menthe-pastille ganache).
Other recent creations include smash bars filled with lemon verbena ganache, as well as Asian Ocean Bars filled with matcha ganache and salty deep fried mochi on the back. To place an order, email or DM Elizabeth after perusing the current menu on her site.
Hours: Online Only (Sat./Sun. Pickup 12pm-4pm)