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10 Bold Chocolate Shops in San Francisco

Where to find beautiful treats in modern boxes

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Whether you’re cramming to find a gift or simply treating yourself, the answer is always chocolate. There’s a rich history of chocolate factories here in the Bay, dating back a couple of centuries to the Gold Rush and leading the craft chocolate movement in the last few decades. Today, chocolate makers, shapers, and purveyors are reimagining the tradition, infusing quality chocolate with fresh flavors and repackaging them in modern boxes. So whenever the craving strikes, here are the most distinctive chocolate shops in San Francisco.

As of publication time, some San Francisco restaurants and food specialty shops offer seated, outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities, but the level of risk involved with outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop

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900 North Point St Ste F301
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 474-3938
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The oldest continuously run chocolate factory in the United States dates back to the Gold Rush, and even if it’s now owned by Lindt, a massive international company, it’s still a treat. The old-timey shop in historic Ghirardelli Square tempts tourists with hot fudge sundaes, and also sells conventional milk chocolate by the bar, bag, or box, along with adorable teddy bears. 

Ghirardelli Square at night Ghirardelli Square

2. XOX Truffles

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754 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 421-4814
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This sweet North Beach truffle shop has been supplying locals and tourists with chocolate since 1997, and owner Jean-Marc Gorce hands over any coffee or hot chocolate with a free sample. Fans love the dark chocolate dusted in cocoa, rolled toasted hazelnuts, soaked in cognac, or more than 26 other flavors.

Truffles from XOX Truffles XOX Truffles

3. Recchiuti Confections at the Ferry Building

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Ferry Building, One San Francisco Bay Trail #30
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 834-9494
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Michael Recchiuti is a former musician turned confectioner, who set up shop in the Ferry Building in 1997 (the same year that his friend Scharffenberger blazed onto the local chocolate scene). He’s known for smooth and powerful dark chocolates inflected with fresh ingredients from the farmers’ market, from the lilt of lemon verbena to heady pink peppercorns.

Valentine’s chocolates from Recchiuti Recchiuti Confections

4. Socola Chocolatier

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535 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 400-4071
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Sisters Wendy and Susan Lieu set up shop in SoMa in 2014. The chocolates and truffles rely on local Guittard chocolate and Straus dairy, feature many of their favorite Vietnamese flavors, and come in minty fresh boxes stamped with a super cute alpaca.

Chocolate box from Socola Socola Chocolatier

5. ONE65 San Francisco

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165 O'Farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 814-8888
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This towering food emporium is six stories tall and 20,000 square feet, and from the cafe au lait and croissants to the fine dining cheese carts, everything is French. That includes a dedicated chocolate room, where, in healthy times, visitors can peek in on pastry chefs at work. For now, the retail shop on the ground floor is open, and it’s filled with a rainbow of confections.

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6. Christopher Elbow Chocolates

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401 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 355-1105
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Technically the one out-of-towner on this list, Christopher Elbow is based out of Kansas City, but these glittering luxury chocolates have a second home in Hayes Valley. Fancy chocolate fans love the handsome boxes and flavored “drinking” chocolates.

Chocolates from Christopher Elbow Christopher Elbow

7. Kokak Chocolates

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3901 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 757-0409
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Kokak is the newest addition to this list, opening post-pandemic in 2020. And thank goodness — the Castro could use a fresh new storefront, especially one with such sweet treats. Kokak means “ribbit” in the Filipino language, and chocolatier Carol Gancia plays up childhood nostalgia with chocolate frogs and pond leaves in her tropical designs.

Chocolate frog from Kokak Kokak Chocolates

8. Dandelion Chocolate

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740 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 349-0942
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Dandelion is leading the new wave of craft chocolate, going beyond bean-to-bar claims, and digging into single origins — each bar of chocolate, wrapped up like a golden ticket, features one type of bean from one place. The dazzling new chocolate factory on 16th Street is closed temporarily, but the Valencia Street and Ferry Building outposts are still open, and they do offer online orders for local pickup and delivery.

Dandelion Chocolate

9. Chocolate Covered

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4069 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 641-8123
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This small shop in Noe Valley has been around since 1994, and has been wall-to-wall with craft chocolate ever since. Owner Jack Epstein doesn’t make chocolate, and he doesn’t shape chocolate, he just stocks chocolate, in an astonishing selection — he says that at any given time, he has more than 1,000 different bars from around the world. He also makes custom blue-and-white tins featuring SF street signs.

Front sign at Chocolate Covered Chocolate Covered

10. Feve Artisan Chocolatier

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2222 Palou Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 813-6000
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Shawn Williams is a former chef turned chocolatier, working out of a small operation in the Bayview. He’s known for the sea salt caramel, tucked into dark modern boxes, which can be spotted at many markets, bakeries, and coffee shops. But there’s also a retail shop attached to his facility, if fans want to go straight to the source.

Dandelion Chocolate

1. The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop

900 North Point St Ste F301, San Francisco, CA 94109
Ghirardelli Square at night Ghirardelli Square

The oldest continuously run chocolate factory in the United States dates back to the Gold Rush, and even if it’s now owned by Lindt, a massive international company, it’s still a treat. The old-timey shop in historic Ghirardelli Square tempts tourists with hot fudge sundaes, and also sells conventional milk chocolate by the bar, bag, or box, along with adorable teddy bears. 

900 North Point St Ste F301
San Francisco, CA 94109

2. XOX Truffles

754 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Truffles from XOX Truffles XOX Truffles

This sweet North Beach truffle shop has been supplying locals and tourists with chocolate since 1997, and owner Jean-Marc Gorce hands over any coffee or hot chocolate with a free sample. Fans love the dark chocolate dusted in cocoa, rolled toasted hazelnuts, soaked in cognac, or more than 26 other flavors.

754 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Recchiuti Confections at the Ferry Building

Ferry Building, One San Francisco Bay Trail #30, San Francisco, CA 94111
Valentine’s chocolates from Recchiuti Recchiuti Confections

Michael Recchiuti is a former musician turned confectioner, who set up shop in the Ferry Building in 1997 (the same year that his friend Scharffenberger blazed onto the local chocolate scene). He’s known for smooth and powerful dark chocolates inflected with fresh ingredients from the farmers’ market, from the lilt of lemon verbena to heady pink peppercorns.

Ferry Building, One San Francisco Bay Trail #30
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. Socola Chocolatier

535 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Chocolate box from Socola Socola Chocolatier

Sisters Wendy and Susan Lieu set up shop in SoMa in 2014. The chocolates and truffles rely on local Guittard chocolate and Straus dairy, feature many of their favorite Vietnamese flavors, and come in minty fresh boxes stamped with a super cute alpaca.

535 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105

5. ONE65 San Francisco

165 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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This towering food emporium is six stories tall and 20,000 square feet, and from the cafe au lait and croissants to the fine dining cheese carts, everything is French. That includes a dedicated chocolate room, where, in healthy times, visitors can peek in on pastry chefs at work. For now, the retail shop on the ground floor is open, and it’s filled with a rainbow of confections.

165 O'Farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Christopher Elbow Chocolates

401 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Chocolates from Christopher Elbow Christopher Elbow

Technically the one out-of-towner on this list, Christopher Elbow is based out of Kansas City, but these glittering luxury chocolates have a second home in Hayes Valley. Fancy chocolate fans love the handsome boxes and flavored “drinking” chocolates.

401 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Kokak Chocolates

3901 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Chocolate frog from Kokak Kokak Chocolates

Kokak is the newest addition to this list, opening post-pandemic in 2020. And thank goodness — the Castro could use a fresh new storefront, especially one with such sweet treats. Kokak means “ribbit” in the Filipino language, and chocolatier Carol Gancia plays up childhood nostalgia with chocolate frogs and pond leaves in her tropical designs.

3901 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

8. Dandelion Chocolate

740 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Dandelion Chocolate

Dandelion is leading the new wave of craft chocolate, going beyond bean-to-bar claims, and digging into single origins — each bar of chocolate, wrapped up like a golden ticket, features one type of bean from one place. The dazzling new chocolate factory on 16th Street is closed temporarily, but the Valencia Street and Ferry Building outposts are still open, and they do offer online orders for local pickup and delivery.

740 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Chocolate Covered

4069 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Front sign at Chocolate Covered Chocolate Covered

This small shop in Noe Valley has been around since 1994, and has been wall-to-wall with craft chocolate ever since. Owner Jack Epstein doesn’t make chocolate, and he doesn’t shape chocolate, he just stocks chocolate, in an astonishing selection — he says that at any given time, he has more than 1,000 different bars from around the world. He also makes custom blue-and-white tins featuring SF street signs.

4069 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

10. Feve Artisan Chocolatier

2222 Palou Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
Dandelion Chocolate

Shawn Williams is a former chef turned chocolatier, working out of a small operation in the Bayview. He’s known for the sea salt caramel, tucked into dark modern boxes, which can be spotted at many markets, bakeries, and coffee shops. But there’s also a retail shop attached to his facility, if fans want to go straight to the source.

2222 Palou Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124

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