Friday, June 14, 2024

5 chocolate hotspots in Victoria to get your fix this weekend


If you’re feeling crazy for cocoa beans, you’ll want to keep reading!

In celebration of International Chocolate Day on Wednesday, September 13th, we wanted to compile a list of places to satisfy those cravings.

These shops around Victoria are truly unique in their own ways and offer an abundance of goodies—not only chocolates but some have beverages, ice cream, and some incredible origin stories for curious customers.

Without further delay, here’s 5 chocolate places in and around Victoria for you to test out:

Roger’s Chocolates

Did you know this famous brand was born right here in Victoria?

Charles “Candy” Rogers moved to Victoria B.C. in 1885 and married a local girl, Leah Morrison. By then he was already running an established a “green grocery,” deciding later to begin making chocolates of his own.

His first creation was the Victoria Cream, which quickly became a local favourite and thus began his career as Canada’s first chocolatier.

And now their legacy lives on in these delightful sweets that you can grab across numerous locations in Canada—including their old location on Government Street, now a National Historic Site.

  • Where: There are four locations across Greater Victoria to choose from!
  • When: Hours vary depending on location

Chocolat & Co

Located in downtown Victoria, this unique chocolate shop houses three of the cities finest chocolatiers—The Chocolate Project, Terrible Truffles, and Uncouth Chocolate.

There’s something for everyone with such a diverse range of selection and flavour, so be sure to check it out for yourself!

They also serve beverages and other baked goods if you’re in the mood for a little more to that dose of cozy.

  • Where: 703 Fort Street
  • When: 
    • Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pure Lovin’ Chocolate

You can find this cute little chocolate store tucked into the narrowest commercial street in North America—Fan Tan Alley!

As described, they are locally made, consciously crafted, and vegan, gluten, soy, and preservative for stress-free chocolate shopping. All of their treats are made in-house with organic, fair trade, and natural ingredients.

They sell assorted chocolates for the adventurous and large chocolate bars for those who don’t want to share!

They also have a location on Douglas Street.

  • Where: 
    • Fan Tan Alley: 3 Fan Tan Alley #102
    • Douglas Street: 2020 A Douglas Street
  • When: 
    • Fan Tan Alley: Open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Douglas Street: Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chocolate Project

A delicious collection of creations with a very inspirational story!

David Mincey is well known for his Victoria restaurant Camille’s, for locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine. But he noticed how difficult it was to find locally sourced chocolate and instead had to turn to large corporations with no traceable connections to where they got it from.

Upon diving deep into the world of cocoa beans, where he met with farmers and other chocolate makers looking to save chocolate from huge industrial corporations—eventually opening a store with a curated selection of over 350 different bars from more than 60 bean-to-bar artists from around the world!

As a bonus, they’re now offering a monthly chocolate subscription box so you can keep your cocoa cravings satisfied regularly.

  • Where: 1311 Blanshard Street
  • When: Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cocoa Community Confections Inc.

Call them Cococo Chocolatiers for short—these motivated and sustainability driven individuals have created a conscious, traceable, and award-winning chocolate!

Based in Calgary and spread across Canada, you can purchase some of these exquisite treats for yourself and know that your purchases are making a difference, one bar at a time.

Their Victoria location can be found in Broadmead Village!

(Cococo Chocolatiers, Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut / Facebook)
  • Where: #520, 777 Royal Oak Drive
  • When: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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