Downtown/Quartiers du Canal/Pôle des Rapides/Southeast
2158 Crescent Street | Website
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)
138 Atwater Avenue | Website
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)
138 Atwater Avenue | Website
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.
2423 Rue Centre and several other outlets | Website
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 chocolates are as delicious as they are pretty.
Marius et Fanny
2006 Saint-Hubert Street | Website
A large variety of flavoured fine chocolates, including an exclusive range for Valentine's Day, are available at this most-loved downtown address.
© Susan Moss
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois
162 Saint-Viateur West | Website
Located in the heart of the Mile End, this is the original Geneviève Grandbois store.
Les Chocolats de Chloé
546 Duluth East | Website
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.
809 Laurier Avenue East | Website
Beloved pastry and chocolate shop Fous Desserts has been a local favourite located on the Plateau for the past 20 years. Their handmade chocolate bonbons are unique, stuffed with homemade fruit or spice ganaches, pralines and caramels. As for their chocolate bars, those are made from premium chocolates (dark, milk, white or blond chocolate) with the aim of exploring the subtleties of the cocoa flavours.
1827 Mont-Royal Avenue East | Website
Art, cakes and chocolate making come together seamlessly in this modern chocolate shop.
4440-B rue Saint Denis | Website
Open since 1940, this is the oldest chocolate shop in Montréal where they still make everything by hand and use vintage molds for their confections. After closing for a short period, the store was reopened by Luxemburg-based chocolaterie Genaveh, who continue to make the traditional house specialties.
Rosemont/La Petite-Patrie/Little Italy/Villeray/North of the Island
Chocolats Privilège (Jean-Talon Market and Fleury East Street):
7075 Casgrain and 1001 Fleury East | Website
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.
69 Fleury Street East | Website
Using the best quality chocolate and no added sugar, Bonneau makes exquisite chocolates. They also offer a bean-to-bar collection made from Peruvian criollo cocoa beans.
Joane L’Heureux Chocolats
5180 Beaubien East | Website
From boxes of assorted chocolates to a collection of bars, all the creations here are imbued with Joane L’Heureux’ decades of experience.
État de choc
6466 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website
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. They also sell all of their products online.
309 Gounod | Website
Visit Catherine, one of the handful of 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.
M. & Mme Chocolat
273 Beaubien East | Website
This Petite Patrie chocolate shop is run by a couple whose passion is chocolate. They offer high quality chocolate bars, boxes of chocolate bonbons as well as gourmet bars stuffed with homemade quality confections such as praline and caramel.
3775 Masson Street | Website
Gogbeu and Lydie, two chocolate lovers, created Amango Cacao in order to support cocoa producers in Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania and help them attain a better quality of life. At their little shop on Masson Street, they take great care in preparing high-quality, fair-trade chocolate, including many vegan treats.
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.
Peruvian cocoa beans are used to make these incredibly delicious and award winning bean-to-bar chocolate bars that can also be found at a lot of stores around town.
A recent addition to the Montréal bean-to-bar scene, Barbon uses high quality single-origin, fait trade, organic beans to make their small batch handmade bars, which are 100% vegan and wrapped in recyclable packaging. You can purchase them online or at some select stores.
Rebel is an online chocolate shop based in Montréal and specializing in the sale of artisanal and ethical bars from chocolate from a handful of makers, including Montréal’s Qantu. They also make organic and fair-trade liquid cocoa for hot chocolate. You can buy their chocolates on their online boutique.
This small Mile-End chocolate producer makes a small collection of single origin bars with carefully selected beans. You can find the Monarque bars at État de choc, Boucherie Lawrence, Fromagerie Hamel and many more stores.
Chef Franck Dury Pavet had accumulated a 20 year or so experience as the chocolate maker at Fous Desserts before founding Chocolat Dicitte, his new eco-conscious and responsible venture. The cocoa beans are carefully selected before being processed at his workshop and turned into an exquisite collection of bean-to-bar tablets. Their chocolates are sold online as well as at several retailers.
From careful sourcing to eco-friendly packaging, everything at Chocolat Boréal is selected to fit their mission of making great chocolate responsibly. Their line of Nordic-inspired bonbons is especially enticing with local flavours such as maple or balsam fir infused into the high-quality chocolate. A vegan line of products is also available. You’ll find these chocolates online and at some retailers.
Choco de Léa
Choco de Léa is a vegan and eco-friendly, bean-to-bar chocolate factory. Chocolate maker and owner Léa creates seasonal specialties, fondues, and beautiful bars topped with interesting local ingredients such as Labrador Tea, sweet clover, or toasted buckwheat. You can purchase her creations online.
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.