912 S Barrington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Compartes has been churning out some of the city’s best handmade chocolates for the past 50 years. The shop is currently helmed by 24-year-old Jonathan Grahm, who is best known for his unconventional flavors and artful presentations. Innovative creations like raspberry pink pepper, candied fennel, and beer-infused truffles were inspired by his travels in Venezuela, Asia, and Europe.
444 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90049
Edelweiss Chocolates has been a Beverly Hills staple since 1942. Their entire collection of chocolates are handmade in their Beverly Hills factory. Chocoholics flock here for the luscious dark and milk chocolate covered marshmallows.
John Kelly Chocolates
1508 North Sierra Bonita Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The folks at John Kelly refer to their signature product as “truffle fudge” for its irresistibly rich and creamy consistency. Instead of standard ganache, the chocolatier uses old-fashioned fudge coated in semisweet chocolate. Fillings include chocolate-walnut, peanut butter, and raspberry.
L’Artisan du Chocolat
3364 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90004
L’ Artisan du Chocolat has been making artful chocolates from scratch at their Silverlake shop since 2003. In addition to classic truffles, the shop also offers an “avant-garde” collection with unique flavors like kalamata olive, bacon, Korean garlic, and Japanese red bean.
212 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210-5302
After years of studying under master pastry chef and chocolatier Jacques Torres (her husband) in New York, Hasty Torres returned to her native Los Angeles to establish Madame Chocolat. After five years of planning and preparation, she opened the shop to wide acclaim. Her newest line of products includes chocolate covered Oreos, liquor bonbons, and Madame’s chocolate s’mores.
3360 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Founded in 2004 by Valerie Gordon and Stan Weightmanm Jr., Valerie Confections has become a local favorite in just a few short years. Customers are hooked on their everyday indulgences like artisan toffees and chocolate citrus bark, as well as special occasion creations like the Coffee Crunch Cake and Lemon Crunch Cake.
Cathy Chaplin is a Los Angeles-based food writer and photographer. Her widely-read blog Gastronomy has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Saveur.com. Ms. Danh’s food writings have appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic, Saveur, and Time Out Vietnam.