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

Chocolate Covered

Local chocolate aggregators


If you only have time to visit one place for chocolate in SFBA, try one of these

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Rain. Fog. Heat. Cold. Tired. No time. Lost. Whatever the reason, if you don’t feel like seeking out individual SFBA chocolatiers, here are some places where you can find a selection of local chocolate:

In San Francisco:

Chocolate Covered, 4069-24th St., between Noe & Castro, Noe Valley neighborhood, SF. A world of chocolate, lots of exotic flavor combinations, it carries local chocolates too.

Bi-Rite Market, 3639 18th St. (between Guerrero and Dolores), Mission neighborhood. Neighborhood grocery store with an emphasis on local and sustainable foods. Has an excellent chocolate selection featuring many local chocolatiers.

In the East Bay:

The Chocolate Dragon Bittersweet Café & Bakery, 5427 College Avenue, Rockridge neighborhood, Oakland. In addition to their hot chocolate drinks and pastries, they carry chocolate from around the world and some local chocolates.

Star Grocery, 3068 Claremont Ave., between Prince St & The Uplands, Claremont neighborhood, Berkeley. Like a mom-and-pop version of Whole Foods, this locally-owned store carries some local chocolates.

Piedmont Grocery, 4038 Piedmont Ave., between 40th St & Glen Ave., Oakland. Nice selection of imported chocolates, some local chocolates too.

Market Hall Foods, 5655 College Avenue, Oakland. Also 1786 4th Street, Berkeley. Lots of specialty foods including artisan chocolate. They are a big supporter of local artisan chocolate.

On the Peninsula:

Draeger’s Market, 222 East 4th Avenue, San Mateo. The south of SF place to go for a variety of local chocolatiers in one location.

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Published January 28, 2010