Dicover These 10 Must-Visit Chocolate Shops Across Quebec
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Although we don’t have the official figures, it’s estimated that there are about 200 chocolate shops in Quebec, to the delight of our discerning palates. They can be found in every region of La Belle Province, and their success is undeniable; Quebecers love their chocolate. Of course, there are familiar institutions, such as Juliette & Chocolat and Chocolats Favoris, with branches all over the province.
Looking for a night out and want to tickle your tastebuds at the same time? If you're a connoisseur of fine chocolates and want to discover high-quality but lesser-known delights, we suggest visiting one of these 10 chocolate shops on your next outing.
The benefits of eating chocolate
Did you know that eating dark chocolate has several health benefits? Here are a few.
- Heart health. Dark chocolate is a rich source of polyphenols and potent natural antioxidants that can reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to lower bad cholesterol.
- Diabetes. Chocolate with high cocoa content contains flavonoids, which help prevent the risk of type 2 diabetes by limiting insulin resistance.
- Cognitive function. High-quality chocolate contains powerful antioxidants that help improve memory and concentration.
- Stress relief. Dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps reduce stress.
Want to enjoy the benefits of chocolate? Visit one of these 10 chocolate destinations.
Located in Quebec City on Rue Saint-Jean, Érico recently received awards from the Grands Prix du Tourisme Québécois, the Société des Chefs, Cuisiniers et Pâtissiers du Québec and TripAdvisor.
The shop carries a wide variety of fine chocolates, as well as pastries, hot chocolates, ice creams and sorbets. It also offers chocolate-making workshops for chocolate lovers, which include an educational portion and a tasting session. The Érico website includes wine and chocolate pairings, beer and chocolate pairings, plus recipes for mousses, brownies, sauces and more.
If you’re interested in the history of chocolate, drop by the Chocolate Museum next to the shop. Admission is free! Give yourself about half an hour to walk through the collection. There are more than 200 items on display.
La Cabosse d’Or, Otterburn Park
In Otterburn Park, 30 minutes outside Montreal, lies the internationally renowned chocolate shop La Cabosse d’Or. This chocolate factory welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually. Nestled in an enchanting, wooded area, just a few minutes from the Strom Nordic Spa Mont-St-Hilaire, La Cabosse d’Or offers a wide variety of Belgian chocolates, cakes and ice creams served by employees in traditional attire.
La Cabosse d’Or is spread over a small estate offering several activities, including a museum where you can watch the chocolate makers at work, a patio overlooking lush gardens, as well as a mini-golf course. The recently renovated on-site boutique features a tearoom where guests can enjoy a hot chocolate by the fireplace while admiring the views. There’s something for everybody.
Le Musée du Chocolat de la confiserie Bromont, Bromont
You’ve probably heard of Bromont for its famous ski resort. Located in the Old Town, the Musée du Chocolat de la confiserie Bromont offers a variety of handmade artisanal chocolates and high-quality chocolate bars. It also carries other products like homemade jams, mustards and ketchup, which you can sample in the small bistro-style restaurant next to the boutique. The outdoor patio is perfect for relaxing on a sunny day.
Good news for those who like to sleep in: the bistro serves all-day breakfast! However, you must reserve your table 24 hours in advance. Like most small artisanal chocolate shops, there’s an on-site museum that explores the history of chocolate and lets you satisfy your sweet tooth with an exclusive tasting.
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois, Montréal
This chocolate shop sets itself apart with its ethical and back-to-basics manufacturing methods that don’t rely on artificial additives. All Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois products are handmade and bursting with flavour. Taste is everything for this Montreal-based company. Geneviève Grandbois owns her own cocoa plantation in Costa Rica, and her products have won countless awards and distinctions. During her first five years of business, Grandbois opened four brick-and-mortar chocolate shops. You can also buy her products online.
Instead of visiting an on-site museum, you can learn more about the world of chocolate by reading the book Geneviève Grandbois published in 2013. Passion chocolat: L'étonnante aventure du cacao traces the history of chocolate, including how it came to Canada, and presents unique ways to enjoy it. The book includes a recipe section and a guide to pairing chocolate with alcohol, tea and coffee. It provides a fascinating glimpse into a little-known universe while helping you master the art of chocolate making at home.
Chocolaterie de l’Île d’Orléans, Sainte-Pétronille
Île d’Orléans, a small island near Quebec City, is known for its magnificent landscapes, colourful history, unique cultural heritage and mouth-watering cuisine. A dream destination for agrotourism enthusiasts, the island is full of vineyards, fruit and vegetable farms, honey and maple syrup producers and, of course, chocolate shops. Every year, tourists come from far and wide to visit the Chocolaterie de l’Île d’Orléans, which has been around since the late 1980s.
This chocolate shop is known for selling high-quality, artisanal products handmade without chemical preservatives. Every confection is made from chocolate imported from Belgium. You can also sample over 25 flavours of homemade ice cream made with fruit purees, milk and 35% cream. Enjoy chocolate treats and ice cream delights at the factory’s small café while admiring views of the St. Lawrence River from the terrace.
Treize Chocolats, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
For chocolate maker Pascal Daoust, chocolate isn’t just a food; it’s the purest way to enjoy life’s little pleasures. Since 2014, Treize Chocolats has been part of the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu landscape. Daoust opened a second branch in 2021 in the Marché des Promenades Saint-Bruno.
Located along the Richelieu River, Treize Chocolats sells a variety of handmade chocolatey treats, including ice cream. You’re spoiled for choice with stunning seasonal bites, playful chocolate bars, decadent hot chocolate mixes and festive chocolate shooters.
The passionate team at Treize Chocolats prides itself on using high-quality, local ingredients whenever possible. The company is also conscientious about its ecological footprint and uses biodegradable or compostable packaging
A trip to the Outaouais wouldn’t be complete without a stop at ChocoMotive. This warmly decorated artisanal chocolate shop makes chocolates for the general public, fine boutiques, pastry shops and restaurants. Are you a consumer with a strong sense of ethics? Good news! This chocolate shop holds a Transfair licence, meaning they use only certified organic and fair-trade chocolate, sugar and cocoa. Moreover, none of the products contain soy lecithin.
In addition to a traditional range of chocolates and seasonal treats, ChocoMotive offers a range of chocolate bars filled with locally sourced and indigenous ingredients. The Tasting Box includes eight popular selections: Dark 70%, Milk 41%, White, Dulcey, Ruby, Yuzu, Strawberry and Any Fruit. If you have time to spare, come and meet the artisans and watch them work!
Palette de Bine, Mont-Tremblant
Palette de Bine has won numerous gold medals at the International Chocolate Awards, a prestigious competition that crowns the world’s best chocolates. The owner, Christine Blais, works exclusively with cocoa beans grown by independent producers. Her chocolate is lovingly produced in small batches with immense respect for the quality of the main ingredient, cocoa. The cocoa is roasted, winnowed, ground and moulded by hand in her workshop on Chemin du Village in Mont-Tremblant.
The shop offers two classic bars – made with dark or milk chocolate – plus those with unique flavour combinations like ginger, fir and coffee, all featuring retro packaging. For something outside the box, the shop also sells treats like cocoa nibs, cans of chocolate-based beverage mixes (cocoa and buckwheat infusion and 70% hot chocolate) and carabine candies (maple, sea salt).
Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes, Dolbeau-Mistassini
Do you want to explore the Saguenay countryside and discover something new? A host of attractions await, including the legendary Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes! Founded in 1939, this shop is known for its incredible blueberry chocolate, probably the best in the province. You can also sample a variety of unique products.
Dark chocolate-covered marshmallows, dark chocolate-covered coconut and milk chocolate rosettes are a few examples of the delights you can stock up on when you visit the shop. Looking for Easter chocolates? Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes has an impressive selection of Easter treats, including tiny 25-gram chickens and giant 1,600-gram bunnies.
If you ever find yourself walking through the beautiful city of Val-d’Or and have an irresistible urge to indulge in some sweet treats, make a stop at Choco-Mango on 3e Avenue. Cakes, cupcakes, pastries, caramel spreads, marshmallows, macarons and high-quality artisanal chocolates await. Fun fact: the shop sells chocolate bars specially made to pair with different types of wine. It’s a foodie’s delight!
The owner of this hidden gem, Olga Coronado, has a passion for chocolate running through her veins. Originally from Guatemala, she’s lived in Val-d'Or since 1997. After completing several training courses to become a chocolatier, Coronado founded her shop in 2001. She continues to work tirelessly to offer all chocolate lovers a first-class experience. You’ll be itching to go back!