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Seattle Chocolate Shops & Events: The Complete Guide

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The Seattle chocolate scene is seriously overlooked by the uninitiated. Those of us obsessed with craft chocolate, however, know it as one of the fine chocolate hubs of the world. Famous more for their hipsters and specialty wines than their award-winning chocolates, the Pacific Northwest has spent the better part of the last decade transforming itself into a veritable craft chocolate destination.

As the home to several chocolate makers, chocolatiers, chocolate shops, and chocolate events, Seattle is at the center of it all, and now undoubtedly one of the US’s most important chocolate cities. Most of the chocolate activity takes place downtown, close to the dizzyingly large Pike Place Market, though there are chocolate stops throughout the expanding city. Some bakeries, like Bakery Nouveau, are even getting into the craft chocolate game.

What was most astounding for me compared to the Asian chocolate scene was the number of chocolate retailers dotting Seattle. Craft chocolate bars can now be found in cafes & dedicated chocolate retail shops, meaning that many regional makers don’t need a cafe of their own to be able to sell their products. So unlike in most of my chocolate guides, the Seattle chocolate guide is presented based on what type of experience you want out of the city.

To sort by neighborhood instead, simply check out the map at the bottom of the guide. Happy munching!

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Chocolatiers

Chocolati

With five locations throughout the Seattle area, I was pleasantly impressed by the quality of Chocolati’s chocolates. With an insanely large collection of 50+ chocolates of varying sizes and fillings, the confections err on the slightly sweet side, but are still quite nice. The Seattle Public Library Chocolati location, in a little nook away from the books, maintains their massive selection of chocolates plus many chocolate- and espresso-based drinks.

Their bonbons are available in gift boxes as well as wrapped individually and then bagged. The ganache-filled chocolate-dipped Turkish fig was a group favorite, but my personal choice would be the chocolate-dipped ginger. All chocolates (except for the gargantuan fig) were under $2 apiece, reasonable for both quality and options.

Address: 3rd Floor of the Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (5 locations; see map below)

Hours & Prices: 10am-5pm, daily {open at 12pm on Sun.} (~$2 per truffle)

Fran’s Chocolates

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Considering that I’ve been seeing Fran’s Chocolate across the US for the last half decade, I was surprised and delighted at the quality of Fran’s chocolate caramels. Though maybe I shouldn’t be; after all, she was Obama’s official chocolatier. Known for their buttery salted caramels, Fran’s is quite the upscale brand, but is well-balanced by their friendly staff and massive selection of chocolates. They freely offer samples from the nearly two dozen chocolate bonbons they have on hand, sometimes even found proffered on a tray of sample-sized bites.

It’s this kind of customer attention— along with their delicious array of French-style caramels— that earned them a spot on Seattle’s Chocolate Indulgence Tour (discussed below). At the smaller downtown location I visited they have a limited coffee bar but a clean use of space, with a couple of tables to sit at and people watch as downtown passes by. The other three locations noted are larger, including the Georgetown location, where they make all their confections.

Address: 1325 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA (4 locations; see map below)

Hours & Prices: 9:30am-7:30pm, Mon.-Sat. & 11am-6pm, Sun. (~$2 per caramel)

Intrigue Chocolate Co.

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Intrigue Chocolate is more or less a local legend. Since 2006 they’ve been crafting soft ganache truffles, infusing creams time & time again, to build up to their current repertoire of over 250 flavors (only about 2 dozen are available at any given time). Each chocolate is unique, hand-crafted using chocolate made specifically for Intrigue. The chocolaterie is known mainly for their truffles, but increasingly as well for their hot chocolate mixes and their recently-launched bars (made with the same unique-to-Intrigue chocolate).

I had the pleasure of meeting the owner when I popped in, and he disclosed that even though they have a normal collection always available, he’s always playing around with new flavors (many of which are vegan-friendly), so every week your choices are different. The larger shop we checked out also had ample seating and lots of open space, creating a great environment for work or play. It doesn’t hurt that their coffee and chocolate drink menu is one of the largest I’ve ever seen, either. I’d recommend a cold brew cacao tea slushie from the tap, if you’re lucky enough to be there during the warmer months.

Address: 1520 15th Ave, Seattle WA 98122 (2 locations; see map below)

Hours & Prices: 8am-8pm, daily ($2.50 per truffle)

Chocolat Vitale

Seattle chocolate makers are becoming quite well known, but Seattle chocolatiers still seem to be struggling for recognition. This where shops like Chocolat Vitale come in. They started with just European-style hot chocolate, but expanded into other local chocolate and coffee products as demand rose. Maintaining a European bent to their products, Chocolat Vitale is your stop for imported coffee, chocolate, and wine, as well as an assortment of regional products from chocolate makers and chocolatiers. I was unable to stop in on my last trip, but their specialty of thick hot cocoa is high up on my list for next year!

Address: 6257 3rd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (see map below)

Hours & Prices: 10am-6pm, Wed.-Sat. & 11am-5pm, Sun.

Rocky Mountain

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Rocky Mountain Seattle is located in the heart of downtown, and boasts a wide selection of chocolate- and espresso-based drinks, with an equally large number of chocolates. However, while this Colorado-based chocolate shop chain is fine for a quick coffee and a huge caramel apple, I was left unimpressed with the quality of their chocolate and their fillings. With locations around the world (including in Seoul, South Korea) and similar selections in each, if you’re looking for unique chocolate in downtown Seattle, I’d check elsewhere first.

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Address: 1419 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (see map below)

Hours & Prices: 9am-11pm, Sat. & 10am-10pm, Sun.-Fri. {open ’til 11pm Fri.} ($2-3 per truffle)


Chocolate Makers

Theo’s Chocolate

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A bit of a legend in the craft chocolate world, and widely known as one of the best buys in the Whole Foods chocolate aisle, Theo’s is a Seattle native. The company started in 2006 as the US’s first organic chocolate maker, and continues to honor their core ethics through projects in cacao communities in central Africa, as well as within the Seattle area.

With dozens of delicious bars, just as many seasonal confections, and a neat collection of house-made bonbons, I was very happy to open my wallet for a thick stack of Theo products. Their classes and $10 factory tours fill up extra quick in the summertime thanks to camps and retreats, so book at least 2 weeks in advance to have your pick of dates; we learned this the hard way, but look forward to touring the space another time (and sampling all the treats).

Address: 3400 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (see map below)

Hours & Prices: 10am-6pm, daily ($4 per 85g bar)

Seattle Chocolate

When you search for “Seattle chocolate” on the internet, odds are great that the first results are for the Seattle Chocolate company. Started in the early 90’s, Seattle Chocolate is somewhat of a local legend, and has come to be known around the world for their filled & flavored chocolate bars, likely found in every health food store across the country. The company focuses on creating flavors representative of the Pacific Northwest, such as locally sea salt and coffee bars.

Their sister line of chocolates is the jcoco collection, whose creation you can witness in one of their factory tours, before grabbing a few of their bars or confections. The factory is located in the very fringe of Seattle, less than 10 minutes from the airport. Note that the last chocolate factory tours are offered at 2pm.

Address: 1180 Andover Park W, Seattle, WA 98188 (see map below)

Hours & Prices: 10am-5pm, Mon.-Sat. ($4 per 70g bar)

indi chocolate

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Indi is one of my most favorite chocolate factories in the world, huge at first glance, but decidedly understated. Once you make it through the maze that is Pike Place Market, on the third level down you’ll run right into the indi chocolate fishbowl.  As one of the most comprehensive and community-based shops in the Seattle area, indi chocolate was started in 2010 by Erin Andrews, who funded the venture largely by making her cacao-based beauty products. A chocolate maker’s journey is never easy, but it’s also rarely boring!

Lucky for all of us, Erin was in it for the long haul, and to this day she continues selling her range of cocoa butter-based body care products, along with a large variety of coffee and chocolate drinks, and bean to bar chocolates. Those who visit the Pike Place Market chocolate shop will also be tempted by weekly chocolate classes & events, as well as the house made confections. My favorites include the mole caramel latte and the lavender caramels. In fact, I’m rather put-off that I don’t have one of their mole marshmallows in my hand right this second.

Address: 1901 Western Ave D, Seattle, WA 98101 (see map below)

Hours & Prices: 8am-6pm, daily {closes at 7pm Fri./Sat.} ($2 per truffle)

Bellflower Chocolate Company

On my last visit to Seattle, Bellflower was still quite young, and didn’t have as much distribution as they do in 2019. Now they offer workshops and have a mobile retail option (The Chocolate Bike™️) & chocolate milk bar. They even offer tours of their production space on Queen Anne. If you’re unable to locate either of those, you can also find their bars at numerous other chocolate retailers across Seattle. I particularly enjoyed the Kokoa Kamili with Black Lava Salt.

Address: Weekend pop-ups at Brooks Running in Fremont (3400 Stone Way North), but check their Instagram before you go

Hours & Prices: see online store (link above)


Chocolate Shops

Northwest Tastings

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This tasting room is one I’d heard of in a few different contexts, so I was very excited to check it out and see what they have on offer. However, it was unfortunately quite the letdown. It’s less of a shop which offers tastings and more of a tasting room for a local winery, which also happens to sell one chocolatier’s truffles. My companion & I indulged in a chocolate & wine pairing with their line of red wines, and while the view of the harbor was quite lovely, the wines and chocolates were not ones I’d add to my regular line up. If Northwest Tastings had a special event with other local businesses, I’d definitely recommend checking it out, but otherwise there are more stimulating places in which to enjoy a tasting.

Address: 1501 Pike Pl #527, Seattle, WA 98101, USA (see map below)

Hours & Prices: 11am-6pm, Wed.-Mon. {open til 9pm Fri.} ($3.50 per truffle)

Chocolate Box

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Despite the name, Chocolate Box seems to focus more on their wines, with a strong emphasis on chocolates, both regional and international. They carry a decent selection of craft chocolates and local confections, some of the best selection in Seattle, actually, and after you pick up some goodies you can sit down at the bar for one of their five wine flights.

The small shop is located just off Pike Place Market, and during their weekday happy hour from 11am-3pm they offer half off the wine & chocolate pairings, an event I encourage you to splurge on. I found the staff to be very nice & knowledgeable about both the wine and the chocolate, so it’s a pleasant place to rest after trotting through the craziness of Pike Place.

Address: 106 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA (see map below)

Hours & Prices: 9am-8pm, daily {open til 9pm Fri.-Sun.} ($2-3 per truffle)

Chocolopolis

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One of the pioneers of the Seattle chocolate scene, Chocolopolis has been providing the Pacific Northwest with craft chocolate for over a decade now. With a great assortment of craft chocolate bars and treats— many of which are also available in their online shop— Chocolopolis is not only the oldest chocolate retail shop in Seattle, but also one of the best. If you happen to be there on a Saturday, they have a free happy hour tasting from 11am-3pm, in addition to keeping a good chunk of their bars in the back for tasting anytime. Chocolopolis is sort of difficult to find, but it’s worth the search for a great selection & knowledgeable staff.

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Address: WorkLofts, 1631 15th Ave W #111, Seattle, WA 98119, USA (see map below)

Hours & Prices: 1pm-6pm, Tue.-Fri. & 11am-3:30pm, Sat. {Mon. by appointment} ($5-18 per bar)

Sugar Pill

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Of all the chocolate shops in Seattle, Sugar Pill is sort of the odd ball, filled with all sorts of spice blends and body care products. But the addition of locally-made chocolate makes total sense when put in context. The shop’s honey-heavy collection has an overall theme of being naturally edible, sweetly contributing to your well-being both inside and out. Amongst the artisanal cocktail syrups and local crafts, I found that Sugar Pill supplied many of the regional makers which other Seattle chocolate shops overlook, like Dandelion, Church Street, and Cloud Forest.

Address: 900 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA (see map below)

Hours & Prices: 11am-6pm, daily {closes 4pm Sun.} ($6-10 per bar)

Kakao Cafe

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Kakao Cafe is noted as a source for many different local chocolatiers’ products, but this is very dependent upon the season, both for the cafe and the chocolatiers. However fear not, because Kakao also keeps in stock about a dozen different chocolate makers, from Fruition and Ritual to Taza. Once you’ve re-stocked your chocolate stash, though, be sure to grab an iced chocolate or espresso from their large cafe menu and sit down to admire some of the art. The large open space that takes up the back half of the cafe is often used for local events, well-suited thanks to the high ceilings and strong natural light. I’d recommend a Michel Cluizel drinking chocolate and a fresh pastry.

Address: 415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA (see map below)

Hours & Prices: 7am-8pm, weekdays {closing 6pm Fridays} ($5-10 per bar)

New Seasons Market

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New Seasons is like Whole Foods, but with a slightly smaller chocolate selection, and more focused on local products (plus, not owned by Amazon). The chain is regional, but the chocolate selection is not stupendous, and doesn’t offer much craft chocolate beyond what you might find at another Pacific Northwest health food store. So if you’re closer to New Seasons than to Whole Foods, come here for a quick shopping trip. Otherwise, there are better options for quality chocolate in Seattle.

Address: 951 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107, USA (see map below, 2 locations)

Hours & Prices: 7am-10pm, daily ($3-6 per bar)

Honorable mentions to De Laurenti and Metropolitan Market, neither of which I’ve had the chance to visit, but which are highly recommended to me!


Events

NW Chocolate Festival (& UnConference)

The NW Chocolate Festival is legendary in the craft chocolate community, and every fall it manages to bring together thousands of serious chocoholics and thousands more curious foodies. Over the course of one weekend, over 100 cacao- and chocolate-based businesses come together and share their products & services with the crowds. The last time I attended, however, my favorite part was the variety of workshops & seminars held on the six stages throughout the day.

Classes range from female empowerment on cacao farms to chocolate tasting basics and cooking demonstrations. For the chocolate makers among you, the two days before the event are also dedicated to an industry-wide networking event called the “UnConference.” Samples are abundant during all stages of NWCF, as well, so I’d highly recommend against eating a big meal before the event!

Venue: Smith Cove Pier 91, 2001 West Garfield Street, Seattle, Washington (see map below)

Dates: November 10-11, 2018 (10am-5pm)

Chocolate Indulgence Walking Tour

Offered just once or twice daily, this two hour walking tour of downtown Seattle’s chocolate scene is about as all-encompassing as a chocolate tour can get. Considerate of the variety of flavor preferences and creative minds which flock to Seattle, the dozen or so stops on the tour share a taste of regional foods and traditional favorites. From cakes and cookies to bars and bonbons, this is definitely a tour to mentally and physically prepare for, and not just because of the long walk!

Location: Downtown Seattle

Dates & Price: daily at 11am for $52USD per person

Pacific Northwest Chocolate Society

Established in 2018, the Pacific Northwest Chocolate Society— PNW Chocolate Society for short— is a group of fine chocolate lovers which meets every month or two for events surrounding craft chocolate and cacao. Bringing together chocolate lovers and makers from throughout the region, check their Instagram to stay on top of their calendar and buy tickets to events. Past festivities include a blind chocolate tasting and a meeting with chocolate makers from across the region.

Location: Seattle Area

Dates: monthly or bi-monthly events


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Dianne Dalessandro

Monday 2nd of December 2019

Is there a store near Olympia, WA that carries Seattle Chocolate 82% Dark Origin Truffle Bar?

Max

Monday 2nd of December 2019

I honestly have no idea, but I'm sure they'd have stockist info on their website: https://www.seattlechocolate.com/pages/where-to-buy

Megan Lawrence

Thursday 12th of September 2019

Thanks for a great run down on Seattle's chocolate scene. I look forward to working my way through your list. I started at Theo's last week.

Max

Friday 13th of September 2019

No problem, Megan! Especially don't miss the NW Chocolate Festival in November, too. A very tasty event!

Callie Neylan

Tuesday 27th of August 2019

Don’t forget De Laurenti and Metropolitan Market: both grocers have great craft chocolate selections. Not as good as Chocolopolis, but still noteworthy. And another chocolate maker to check out is us! Bellflower Chocolate Company. Our current retail space is The Chocolate Bike™️ but we happily give tours of our production space on Queen Anne. Oh, and there’s also Dilettante Mocha Café. Their chocolate coffee drinks and truffles are really good. Love this guide!

Max

Monday 2nd of September 2019

Apologies for the delay, but thanks for the update, Callie! On my last visit you two were mourning the loss of your dog, so I didn't think it appropriate to reach out. Hopefully we can meet next time I visit Seattle, and I can finally get my hands on some of that chocolate sauce.

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Tuesday 18th of September 2018

[…] is also pretty popular too, so it might be worth hitting one of Seattle’s many chocolate shops for some treats to accompany your […]

Lori

Sunday 26th of August 2018

Chocolate!! Count me in. Love that all this is being done and kept 'local' in Seattle.

Max

Sunday 26th of August 2018

Glad to have you on the local chocolate team, Lori! Please enjoy some in my honor next time you're in Seattle. <3

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