THIS ARTICLE WAS EDITED IN MARCH 2018
Chocolate is everybody’s favourite treat, am I right? Whether you’re a fan of dark, milk or white chocolate, the sweet treat always manages to put a smile on everyone’s face, especially mine. I always bring back local bars of chocolate as travel souvenirs and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen this photo below of my collection. Yes, really!
Montreal 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. I’ve listed some of my favourite Montreal chocolate shops 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. Each one of these is run by a passionate artisan who excels at his or her art. I 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.
Divine Chocolatier: For over 22 years, chocolatier Richard Zwierzynski has specialized in the time-honoured traditions of classic chocolate-making.
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois (Atwater Market): Geneviève Grandbois is one of the pioneer artisanal chocolate makers in Montreal. Her elegant confections lay like jewels in beautiful packagings and her whimsical flavour combinations are always a delight to discover.
Chocolat Gendron: Located inside the Ogilvy department store, Chocolat Gendron handmade chocolates are packaged in an elegant, pyramid shaped box that’s sure to impress.
Le Comptoir Chocolat: Organic and fair trade chocolate wrapped in gorgeous signature paper makes these products distinctively elegant and great for gifting.
Chocolats Privilège (Atwater Market): Pralines, caramels, truffles, bars, ganaches, spreads and more are all delicious at this most-loved store, especially the champagne truffles and the single-origine bonbons.
Chocolats favoris: Originally from Quebec City, this artisanal chocolate shop has now conquered the rest of the province and beyond. They specialize in an assortment of flavoured fondue mixes sold in cute, ready-to-serve cans.
Chocolats Andrée: Open since 1940, this is the oldest chocolate shop in Montreal where they still make everything by hand and use vintage molds for their confections.
Les chocolats de Chloé: All the chocolates of this adorable shop are made by hand in their open kitchen. The truffles and bars are delicious but the chocolate-covered sponge toffee is my favourite.
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois: Located in the heart of the Mile End, this is the original Geneviève Grandbois store. (see above for more on this chocolate maker)
Noir Chocolat: Art, cakes and chocolate making come together seemlessly in this relatively new and modern chocolate shop.
La maison Cakao: Passionate chocolate-maker Édith Gagnon studied under Geneviève Grandbois. She makes her chocolates by hand using fresh, quality ingredients.
Marius et Fanny: An assortment of over 40 flavours of fine chocolates, including 7 different caramel flavours are available at this popular Plateau address.
Chocolats Privilège (Jean-Talon Market & Ahuntsic): Pralines, caramels, truffles, bars, ganaches, spreads and more are all delicious at this most-loved store, especially the champagne truffles and the single-origine bonbons.
Chocolaterie Bonneau: Using the best quality chocolate and no added sugar, Bonneau makes exquisite chocolates and offers suggestions on which wines to pair them with best.
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.
Avanaa: Visit Catherine, one of the only bean-to-bar chocolate makers in Montreal, 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 serval stores around town. Read more about Avanaa here.
Christophe Morel: Award-winning chocolate maker Christophe Morel makes some of the best chocolate in Montreal. His chocolate bars are first class, his bonbons boxes are elegant and his First Aid Kit is a must for all chocolate lovers. You can also find his chocolates in serveral shops around town.
Olivier Piffaudat: Chocolatier Alchimiste: This unusal alchimist makes chocolate bonbons stuffed with unique concoctions, such as beets, poblano chili, bloody Mary or tomato and basil.
Miss Choco: Specializig in bean-to-bar chocolate, Miss Choco has a variety of bars for you to taste. They also organize chocolate-centric workshops.
Qantu: I recently discovered this bean-to-bar chocolate at Souk@SAT and fell in love with it! Peruvian cocoa beans are used to make these incredibly delicious bars that can also be found at a lot of stores around town.
If you can’t get enough of the sweet stuff, check out my guide to Montreal’s best bakeries and pastry shops.