If you can't imagine getting your fill of chocolate, you haven't done a chocolate tour of San Francisco. You can actually make a one-day trek of the San Francisco shops -- a great way to work off your chocolate -- although I would recommend thick soles -- and a Muni Fast Pass, just in case.
In 2007, Gourmet Walks launched a chocolate-themed tour. The San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour takes a fun and educational look at some of the city's best chocolatiers -- with stops for samples.
Embarcadero - Ferry Building
If you're looking for salt caramels -- a delectable balance of sweetness and salt -- stop by the Ferry Building for some of Michael Recchiuti's Fleur de Sel Caramels, covered in dark chocolate. Recchiuti's Ferry Plaza shop showcases miniature works of art otherwise known as the Burgundy Box or the Gilded Collection or unique chocolate selections infused with bergamot, anise or pink peppercorn. Some chocolates feature edible drawings or block print decoration.
One Ferry Building, Shop #30
San Francisco, CA 94111
XOX chocolates are authentic French truffles, handmade in San Francisco. There's a truffle flavor to suit your palate, from Earl Grey to Cognac to Noisette. Created by Chef Jean-Marc Gorce (formerly of Fringale), XOX are San Francisco favorites, known for their delectable and smooth texture.
754 Columbus Avenue (between Filbert & Greenwich)
San Francisco, CA 94133
See website for Montclair Village Location in Oakland.
The Chocolate Dragon Bittersweet Cafe and Bakery
Address5427 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1502, USA
Fillmore & Rockridge (Oakland)
A large, global selection, hand-picked by the owners who traveled the world, seeking the best. Bittersweet opened its first cafe in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, then a second, larger shop on Fillmore Street. Both shops are cafe and shop in one, with chocolate displayed along counters and walls, and areas to sit and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, brownies and other treats.
2123 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
See Bittersweet website for Rockridge and Danville locations
Marina & Westfield San Francisco Centre
Cocoa Bella is Marina district chocolate boutique that provides a large selection of Swiss, Belgian, French, Italian and American confections. Shelves have packaged chocolate, while the vast display cases are arranged by country and variety. You'll never get it all in one visit but the staff is more than happy to help you narrow down your options.
2102 Union Street
San Francisco, Ca 94123
Westfield Center Location is on Level 1, near Food Emporium
Christopher Elbow is a new addition to Hayes Valley in 2008. The best way to describe the shop is boutique and lounge -- with a selection of artisanal and painted chocolate (hand-painted or airbrushed with cocoa butter), as well as a lounge area where you can relax with a cup of hot cocoa.
Elbow hails from Kansas City where the chocolates are still made, with his personal supervision and touch. The painted designs are unique to each flavor and style available at the shop.
401 Hayes Street (near Gough)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Teuscher may be best known for the house specialty -- its popular Champagne Truffles. The Zurich-based chocolatier offers more than 100 varieties that it ships worldwide. You'll also find seasonal and holiday packaging as well as special occasion varieties (such as floral and wedding package designs).
307 Sutter Street (at Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Fog City News, in the heart of the Financial District and Embarcadero areas, has one of the largest chocolate selections in the States. Enjoy hundreds of international varieties -- Swiss, Belgian, Italian, French and others -- along with an extensive selection of newspapers and magazines. The staff members at Fog City know their chocolate and are extremely helpful.
455 Market Street (between 1st and Fremont)
San Francisco, CA 94105
Chocolate Covered fills a unique niche at its Noe Valley store. Owner Jack Epstein will personally create custom photo tins and boxes with any quality image you bring in. Be sure to account for adequate lead time, especially before the holidays. You can fill the gift tins with confections of your choice, and Chocolate Covered has more than enough choice in chocolate and sweets.
4069 24th Street (between Noe & Castro)
San Francisco, CA 94114
Emeryville - East Bay (& other retail shops)
Handmade chocolate in small batches, from chocolatier Charles Siegel. If you suffer withdrawals when you get to the bottom of your candy box, you're a prime candidate for the Charles edible chocolate box where the packaging tastes as good as the chocolate inside. Like Recchiuti, Charles Chocolates makes a Fleur de Sel Caramel, and also triple chocolate almonds or hazelnuts, marzipan, and other confections.
6529 Hollis Street
Emeryville, CA 94608