I always tell anyone who will listen that we are so spoiled in Montreal with talented chefs, top bakeries and Michelin worthy restaurants. With the holidays approaching, it’s a good time to review some of the great local gems we have to choose from, starting with my favorite product, chocolate!
I should share with you that I at one time had ambitions of being a chocolatiere myself, but have since sold my temperer and moved on to different goals. However, I did learn that making chocolates is truly an art form and we are lucky to have some amazing artisans in our city. So before you head to Godiva to buy a gift for your boss or mother in law, visit these delightful little shops and support our local talent!
1. Chocolats Genevieve Grandbois (162 rue Saint-Viateur ouest, Mtl, and 9389 boulevard Leduc, Brossard)
Sleek and modern, this chocolate gift box is big in style and flavor. With varieties like chili pepper, gianduja, and olive oil, these chocolates transport you to exotic locations and make the perfect edible gift.
2. Les Chocolats de Chloé (546 avenue Duluth East)
An open concept shop in the Plateau area where you can see the chocolate artisans at work, this shop offers truffles, bars, and dreamy snacks such as toffees, brittle, caramel and chocolate sauces. You can taste the quality in their product and the flavor combinations are exquisite. These chocolates look like little jewels, and are worth the trip. See their site for delivery options.
4. Chocolats Andrée (5328, avenue du Parc)
A classic choice that is sure to please, this chocolaterie has been in business at the same location since 1940. You can be sure they are masters of their trade, focusing on a more timeless chocolate selection that has stood the test of time.
4. Suite 88 Chocolatier (1225 Boulevard de Maisonneuve W)
A beautiful place in the heart of downtown to pick up chocolate gifts, or warm up with a hot chocolate or their famous chocolate shooters.
Also not to be missed:
Chocobel: A flavor for all tastes, delicious chocolates and ice cream, worth the trip. 374 de Castelnau East
Divine chocolatier: Tasty handmade Belgian chocolates. 2158 Crescent street
La Maison Cakao: Beautiful concoctions made with chocolate imported from France. 5090 Fabre
If your favorite chocolate fix is not on this list, please share in the comments section! Oh, and if you are planning a visit to New York City, head to Kee’s Chocolates in SoHo and try the crème brulée truffle, it is out of this world!!