535 Folsom St., SOMA, San Francisco
South Asian Fun
Socola Chocolatier was started in 2001 by sisters Wendy and Susan Lieu, when they were both still teenagers. This location opened just in time for Valentine’s Day, 2014, and originally featured a café. COVID caused the café’s closure in 2020, but the factory store remains open.
Socola means chocolate in Vietnamese, and Socola chocolates exhibit a unique south Asian twist (Sriracha sauce, durian, tamarind, passion fruit, Vietnamese coffee) plus Wendy and Susan’s sense of humor that you can see in their mascot (Harriet the flying alpaca), the silly names of some of their chocolates (Give it to me Guava, Burnt Baby Burnt), and their marketing.
Socola chocolates are available at their factory store, online, and at special events.
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