Montréal’s best chocolate shops
Whether you’re a fan of dark, milk or white chocolate, the sweet treat always manages to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Montréal is a city filled with skillful food artisans and chocolate makers are no exception. We have our fair share of exceptional chocolate shops spread through the city. We’ve listed some of our favourites below by neighbourhood, so you can head to the one closest to you when a chocolate craving hits or when you need an exquisite chocolate gift. We’ve also listed some local shops that have online boutiques. Each one of these shops is run by a passionate artisan who excels at his or her art. We have no doubt that you’ll find a favourite among their many creations, from molded crispy bars to rich, decadent truffles or luscious, stuffed bonbons.
Downtown/Quartiers du Canal/Pôle des Rapides
Divine Chocolatier: For over two decades, chocolatier Richard Zwierzynski has specialized in the time-honoured traditions of classic chocolate-making by hand and in small batches to ensure freshness.
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois (Atwater Market): Many of Montréal’s most-celebrated chocolate makers are women, and Geneviève Grandbois is a stellar example. Her elegant confections lay like jewels in beautiful packaging and her whimsical flavour combinations are always a delight to discover.
Chocolats Privilège (Atwater Market): Pralines, caramels, truffles, bars, ganache, spreads and more are all delicious at this most-loved store, especially the champagne truffles and the single-origin bonbons.
Lecavalier Petrone (Pointe Saint-Charles and several other outlets): These unique and gorgeous chocolates made by two young chocolate makers are so different from all other bonbons you’ll find around town. Each piece is a hand painted work of art with colourful specks, stripes and splatters. The chocolate is as delicious as they are pretty.
Marius et Fanny: An assortment of over 40 flavours of fine chocolates, including 7 different caramel flavours, are available at this most-loved downtown address.
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois: Located in the heart of the Mile End, this is the original Geneviève Grandbois store.
Les Chocolats de Chloé: All the chocolates of this adorable shop are made by hand in its open kitchen. The truffles and bars are delicious, but the chocolate-covered sponge toffee is a favourite.
La Maison Cakao: Passionate chocolate-maker Édith Gagnon studied under Geneviève Grandbois. She makes her chocolates by hand using fresh, quality ingredients.
Noir Chocolat: Art, cakes and chocolate making come together seamlessly in this modern chocolate shop.
Little Italy and Villeray/North of the Island
Chocolats Privilège (Jean-Talon Market): Pralines, caramels, truffles, bars, ganache, spreads and more are all delicious at this most-loved store, especially the champagne truffles and the single-origin bonbons.
Bonneau Chocolatier: Using the best quality chocolate and no added sugar, Bonneau makes exquisite chocolates and offers suggestions on which wines to pair them with best. They have also started a bean-to-bar collection of chocolate bars.
Joane L’Heureux Chocolats: Although classic, these chocolates are made from the best ingredients and imbued with Joane L’Heureux’ 12 years of experience.
Chocobel: This small Villeray shop offers dozens of stuffed bonbons as well as other chocolate specialties and workshops.
État de choc: This gorgeous minimalist boutique highlights and sells chocolates from all of Québec’s bean-to-bar makers and works its chocolate into customized bars and bonbons. Its dark chocolate, corn and chilli pepper mini bar is particularly tasty. État de choc also offers workshops where chocolate lovers can make their own bars and enjoy a chocolate tasting.
Avanaa: Visit Catherine, one of the only bean-to-bar chocolate makers in Montréal, in her tiny Villeray workshop, where you can taste and buy her single-plantation chocolate bars. These incredible chocolates can also be bought online and at several stores around town.
Christophe Morel: Award-winning chocolate maker Christophe Morel makes some of the best chocolates in Montréal. His chocolate bars are first class, his bonbon boxes are elegant, and his chocolate sculptures are legendary (although you can’t really buy one).
Le Comptoir Chocolat: Organic and fair-trade chocolate wrapped in gorgeous signature paper makes these products distinctively elegant and great for gifting.
Mayssam Samaha, blogger
Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.