Complete Chocolate Lover’s Guide for the San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Mischer

Michael Mischer – closed

Michael Mischer retired in 2021

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Michael Mischer store front
One healthy block of Grand Avenue in Oakland.

3352 Grand Avenue, Oakland

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UPDATE: After 19 years in business, Michael Mischer closed in July 2021. However, another Michael, Michael Benner’s Michael’s Chocolates, is opening in the same space.

Michael Mischer 4-cup chocolatier is a German-trained chocolatier who is probably second only to Michael Recchiuti in terms of local reputation.

He’s the top East Bay chocolatier:

  • He’s been the longest in business in the East Bay (opened in 2004).
  • He has an excellent reputation – his chocolate is used by Bi-Rite Market for their store brand chocolate.
  • He was the only local chocolatier that CocoaBella Chocolates carried.

Maybe the secret is that he uses Criollo chocolate (the highest quality) for his bonbons and “designer bars.” His designer bars are big bars of Criollo chocolate with ingredients like nuts, dried fruit, salt, nibs, and toffee sprinkled on top.

His range of filled chocolates includes expected flavors like salted caramel and espresso, but he also has German inspired chocolates: Marzipan, Pfeffernusse (German spice cookie flavors of white pepper & cardamom), and Lebkuchen (German gingerbread flavors of honey & spices). And maybe more fun are his American chocolates: Root Beer, Baked Apple, and Barbeque(?).

Go to the store for his full line and some unusual items. One time we got a bar that had dragon fruit on it which I’ve never seen in any other chocolate.


The shop is open late (noon-9pm), so it’s great for stopping by after dinner in the area or a matinee at the Grand Lake Theater down the street.

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Published 22 March, 2014