We all deserve to splurge on dessert every now and then. If your idea of a sweet treat is anything made of chocolate, then you’ll be inspired to explore these Southern California shops that specialize in that silky pleasure. If you’re not sure where to go when your chocolate craving strikes, these 8 specialty boutiques in SoCal are a great place to start.
1. Compartes Chocolate -- Los Angeles
For a purely delicious and artistic chocolate experience, Compartes is the place to be. Since 1950 they have been creating small-batch handmade chocolates that melt in your mouth. The truffles are unique works of art, so make sure to take a look at these small treats.
2. Valenza -- Costa Mesa
Valenza is a local favorite in Costa Mesa for Italian inspired chocolates and confections. In addition to offering chocolate goodies, they also have tasting classes and workshops that will make you an expert on this decadent treat.
3. Zenbunni -- Venice and Santa Monica
Zenbunni is a truly unique chocolate boutique designed to look and feel like a dark and secret hideaway. Their artisanal chocolates are just as divine as their space, with dreamy biodynamic treats made from the finest organic ingredients. You can find them in Venice and Santa Monica.
4. Teuscher -- Beverly Hills
The Teuscher family has been creating Swiss truffles and chocolates for 80 years, so they know a thing or two about whipping up a delicious chocolate recipe. In addition to treating yourself to their fine chocolate, this Beverly Hills boutique is also the perfect spot to pick up a gift for that special someone as they offer colorful and whimsical wrapped chocolate gift boxes.
5. Valerie Confections -- Los Angeles/West Lake
Valerie Confections is so much more than your ordinary chocolate shop. This family-owned dessert shop also specializes in toffee, cakes and pastries. No matter what your sweet tooth is craving, this sweet boutique has something for everyone.
6. Luissa Chocolatiere
This sweet boutique in Orange County produces some of the silkiest chocolate you've ever experienced. The owner studied the art of chocolate making in France, so every time you bite into one of their handmade gourmet treats it's like taking a mini holiday to Paris.
7. Laymon's Candy -- San Bernardino
This is the ultimate old fashioned candy shop. Large slabs of fudge and other handmade concoctions grace the glass case. You won't find any frills at Laymons, just delicious handcrafted chocolate in a friendly setting.
8. Eclipse Chocolate -- San Diego
What started off as a small local chocolate shop is now a full-service restaurant that features chocolate-inspired creations at the heart of its menu. You can find this gem in the heart of South Park, a charming urban neighborhood in San Diego.
If your sweet tooth still needs a little attention, you might also enjoy checking out my list of
10 Best Ice Cream Shops in SoCal. Whether it’s chocolate or frozen treats you crave, these tasty spots have you covered.