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The 12 Best Chocolate Shops For Valentine's Day

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As longtime Eater readers know, we are staunch advocates of not eating out on Valentine's Day, that hellscape of high prices, dumb gimmicks, mediocre prix-fixe menus, and general bedlam in the service department. With that said, we know that doing something nice for the holiday is non-negotiable for many folks in relationships, and so we offer an alternative: cook a great meal at home, then gift your Valentine a box of delicious chocolates from one of these 12 local chocolatiers and chocolate shops. You'll both be happier, your wallet will retain elasticity for dining on a non-terrible day, and you'll be much closer to the part of V-Day that folks actually get excited about.


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1. Dandelion Chocolate

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740 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 349-0942
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Pastry chef Lisa Vega is whipping up a killer 18-piece Valentine's truffle box ($55), including Bulleit bourbon, PB&J, Nutella, and passionfruit ganache sweets. Also available on V-Day: three-packs of single-origin bars ($30), Farmgirl flowers ($50-60), and DIY letterpress cards (free from 11 am-3 pm).

2. Socola Chocolatier

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535 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 484-6686
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Surprise your Valentine with a sweet from this chocolatier that only opened its doors on Monday, offering V-Day 12-packs of raspberry-champagne and salted-caramel truffles ($25). For a spicy Valentine, their Sriracha truffles offer a hot encounter at the same price. They're also selling chocolates for a good cause (and at a 10% discount) through SamaHope.

3. Le Dix-Sept at Biondivino

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1415 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-2320
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Le Dix-Sept Patisserie will be on the scene at Biondivino for V-Day, offering sea salt caramels, chocolate caramels, chocolate nougat, mini chocolate tarts, and other tasty treats. Biondivino will be selling wine, Champagne, and caviar to complement the sweets.

4. Charles Chocolates

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535 Florida St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 659-8770
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Chuck Siegel is offering his heart-shaped take on meltaways (in a combo of peppermint, mocha, and raspberry, $25-54), shiny Heart Collection sweets (with mojito, raspberry, and passion fruit, $24-65), and a classic heart-shaped box of old-school chocolates ($36-54).

5. Recchiuti Confections

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1 Ferry Building, Shop #30
San Francisco, CA 94111-4209
(415) 834-9494
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Both Recchiuti locations (the other is in Dogpatch) are offering tons of V-Day confections, like classic and Champagne truffles ($25), burnt-caramel truffles decorated with Creativity Explored artists ($21), and for the very special Valentine, a two-pound, 88-piece monster of a chocolate box ($168).

6. Poco Dolce Confections

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2419 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-1443
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Poco Dolce has every Valentine's budget covered with affordable $20 boxes of bittersweet, Irish whiskey ganache, and champagne/balsamic strawberry truffles. Or splurge on the $80 V-Day basket, with bittersweet hearts, sea salt caramels, and their signature chocolate tiles.

7. Christopher Elbow Chocolates

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401 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 355-1105
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Elbow's chocolates are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat, with gorgeously painted exteriors that conceal a core of vanilla bean, red-wine caramel, tequila-lime, French lavender, and other intriguing flavors. Opt for an 18-piece box of heart-shaped sweets ($54) or a 20-piece heart box with various sizes and flavors ($40).

8. Bi-Rite Market

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3639 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 241-9760
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Gate Comme des Filles, the project of Chez Panisse alum Alexandra Whisnant, is popping up at Bi-Rite Divis on Wednesday and at Oakland's Highwire Coffee and Bi-Rite Mission on Thursday. She'll have raspberry, Meyer lemon, and red wine ganache in the box, and is even offering delivery with flowers on a pink Vespa.

9. Michael Mischer Chocolates

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3352 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 986-1822
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Mischer's Valentine's chocolate assortments come in classic (caramel, champagne, peanut butter) and adventurous (chipotle, root beer, cherry) combinations, both in hot pink boxes. They're $32 for 12 or $75 for 36.

10. TCHO

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Pier 17
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 963-5090
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Though it's not doing truffles, TCHO is offering cute Valentine's packaging for its bar sets, including a tub of 50 itty-bitty milk chocolate bars ($30) perfect to put in easy reach of a Valentine's desk for an afternoon pick-me-up. Boxes of tiles ($17-45) come with tasting notes to get Valentines educated on the nuances of chocolate.

11. Chocolate Covered

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4069 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 641-8123
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For those who'd rather select their own assortment of chocolates than take home a pre-packaged box, this Noe Valley shop has you, well, covered, thanks to its selection of more than 300 bars, truffles, and other treats from around the globe.

12. Fog City News

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455 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-7400
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The name isn't really indicative of this newsstand's true passion: chocolate. With hundreds of bars, truffles, and bonbons from around the globe, it's a good choice for putting together a custom lineup for a special someone.

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1. Dandelion Chocolate

740 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Pastry chef Lisa Vega is whipping up a killer 18-piece Valentine's truffle box ($55), including Bulleit bourbon, PB&J, Nutella, and passionfruit ganache sweets. Also available on V-Day: three-packs of single-origin bars ($30), Farmgirl flowers ($50-60), and DIY letterpress cards (free from 11 am-3 pm).
740 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Socola Chocolatier

535 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Surprise your Valentine with a sweet from this chocolatier that only opened its doors on Monday, offering V-Day 12-packs of raspberry-champagne and salted-caramel truffles ($25). For a spicy Valentine, their Sriracha truffles offer a hot encounter at the same price. They're also selling chocolates for a good cause (and at a 10% discount) through SamaHope.
535 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. Le Dix-Sept at Biondivino

1415 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Le Dix-Sept Patisserie will be on the scene at Biondivino for V-Day, offering sea salt caramels, chocolate caramels, chocolate nougat, mini chocolate tarts, and other tasty treats. Biondivino will be selling wine, Champagne, and caviar to complement the sweets.
1415 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. Charles Chocolates

535 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Chuck Siegel is offering his heart-shaped take on meltaways (in a combo of peppermint, mocha, and raspberry, $25-54), shiny Heart Collection sweets (with mojito, raspberry, and passion fruit, $24-65), and a classic heart-shaped box of old-school chocolates ($36-54).
535 Florida St
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. Recchiuti Confections

1 Ferry Building, Shop #30, San Francisco, CA 94111-4209
Both Recchiuti locations (the other is in Dogpatch) are offering tons of V-Day confections, like classic and Champagne truffles ($25), burnt-caramel truffles decorated with Creativity Explored artists ($21), and for the very special Valentine, a two-pound, 88-piece monster of a chocolate box ($168).
1 Ferry Building, Shop #30
San Francisco, CA 94111-4209

6. Poco Dolce Confections

2419 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Poco Dolce has every Valentine's budget covered with affordable $20 boxes of bittersweet, Irish whiskey ganache, and champagne/balsamic strawberry truffles. Or splurge on the $80 V-Day basket, with bittersweet hearts, sea salt caramels, and their signature chocolate tiles.
2419 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

7. Christopher Elbow Chocolates

401 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Elbow's chocolates are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat, with gorgeously painted exteriors that conceal a core of vanilla bean, red-wine caramel, tequila-lime, French lavender, and other intriguing flavors. Opt for an 18-piece box of heart-shaped sweets ($54) or a 20-piece heart box with various sizes and flavors ($40).
401 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. Bi-Rite Market

3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Gate Comme des Filles, the project of Chez Panisse alum Alexandra Whisnant, is popping up at Bi-Rite Divis on Wednesday and at Oakland's Highwire Coffee and Bi-Rite Mission on Thursday. She'll have raspberry, Meyer lemon, and red wine ganache in the box, and is even offering delivery with flowers on a pink Vespa.
3639 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Michael Mischer Chocolates

3352 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Mischer's Valentine's chocolate assortments come in classic (caramel, champagne, peanut butter) and adventurous (chipotle, root beer, cherry) combinations, both in hot pink boxes. They're $32 for 12 or $75 for 36.
3352 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

10. TCHO

Pier 17, San Francisco, CA 94111
Though it's not doing truffles, TCHO is offering cute Valentine's packaging for its bar sets, including a tub of 50 itty-bitty milk chocolate bars ($30) perfect to put in easy reach of a Valentine's desk for an afternoon pick-me-up. Boxes of tiles ($17-45) come with tasting notes to get Valentines educated on the nuances of chocolate.
Pier 17
San Francisco, CA 94111

11. Chocolate Covered

4069 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
For those who'd rather select their own assortment of chocolates than take home a pre-packaged box, this Noe Valley shop has you, well, covered, thanks to its selection of more than 300 bars, truffles, and other treats from around the globe.
4069 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

12. Fog City News

455 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105
The name isn't really indicative of this newsstand's true passion: chocolate. With hundreds of bars, truffles, and bonbons from around the globe, it's a good choice for putting together a custom lineup for a special someone.
455 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105

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