Whether you say chocolats or chocolates, these sweets are scrumptious in any language. But these spots in La Belle Ville also have an unexpected twist that we are living for: savoury ingredients. With flavours like Strawberry and Tarragon, Basil, and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, these chocolates are unlike anything you’ve ever noshed on. That is why, for the adventurous eater and traditionalist alike, these are the best chocolate shops in Montreal. Click here if you want to continue to sample your way across the True North.
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois
Find it: 162 Rue Saint Viateur O, 138 Atwater Ave., chocolatsgg.com
The low-down: This shop’s chocolate ideology is “back to basics,” and it employs handmade techniques, simple ingredients and personalized packaging. Sometimes less is more.
Prices: $8 each for bars; $5.75 to $75 for a box of assorted chocolates
The most unique: Extra-Virgin, a virtuous combo of 70% dark chocolate, extra-virgin olive oil, fruit and nuts
The most photogenic: Each chocolate has its flavour written in artistic typography on top. Plus, you can buy an assortment of chocolates in a leather box for a seriously chic gift.
Les Chocolats de Chloé
Find it: 546 Ave. Duluth E, leschocolatsdechloe.com
The low-down: The old-fashioned storefront and bright, modern interior make this charming chocolate shop the perf backdrop for sinking your teeth into one of their gourmet truffles.
Prices: $6 each for bars; $13 for a box of six to $50 for a box of 25
The most unique: Basil. The licorice notes in this fragrant herb pair perfectly with the decadent chocolate, and it’s topped with a sprinkle of green sugar.
The most photogenic: Raspberry. A hibiscus flower makes for a delicate and dainty topper.
Divine Chocolatier Inc.
Find it: 2158 Crescent St., divinechocolatier.com
The low-down: This homey chocolate shop has the celeb stamp of approval from Penelope Cruz, Pierre Trudeau and Johnny Depp, who have all visited the shop and tasted the treats on offer.
Prices: $6 to $10 each for bars; $16 to $150 for a box of assorted chocolates
The most unique: The roster of autumn-inspired treats, which are packed with flavours like Cinnamon, Chestnut, Pumpkin Spice, Apple Caramel and more.
The most photogenic: De la Rose—it’s brushed with 24K gold (NBD)
Find it: 374 Rue de Castelnau E, chocobel.ca
The low-down: This chocolate shop, located in the quaint Villeray neighbourhood, has a cute little counter where you can see owner and chocolatier Yanick Belzile whipping up his next creation. It’s also stocked with ice cream, truffles, fudge and more delicious desserts.
Prices: $1.50 each; $18 to $49 for a box of assorted chocolates
The most unique: Strawberry and Tarragon. It has buttercream, strawberry purée and plenty of fresh tarragon, which adds bittersweet notes of licorice.
The most photogenic: Each sweet is the definition of simplicity at its finest, with elegant engravings on the surface that let the chocolate do the talking.
Find it: 5328 du Parc Ave., chocolatsandree.com
The low-down: The sweets at this inviting chocolate workshop space and boutique are proof that you shouldn’t mess with a good thing—it has been using the same techniques and tools since 1940.
Prices: $26.50 to $88 for a box of assorted chocolates
The most unique: Pelure de Pamplemousse. Take a bite, and your mouth will be filled with a burst of tart grapefruit.
The most photogenic: Chocolat Noir. This chocolate confection is wrapped in an iridescent veil of green and yellow that looks almost like a gemstone.