8 of the Best D.C. Shops for Valentine's Day Chocolate

From bean-to-bar to hand-crafted pieces, these chocolates are worth every bite.

Valentine's Day is pretty much synonymous with chocolate, and Washington, D.C., has some delicious options for celebrating. From bean-to-bar gourmet chocolatiers to chocolate-filled cafes, these eight D.C. shops have it all.

The Chocolate House

This Dupont Circle boutique offers over 300 artisan chocolates from around the world by bean-to-bar manufacturers and local makers. The shop claims every sweet is researched and taste-tested with a focus on sustainably produced pieces. Check online for tastings and truffle-making classes. 1904 18th St. NW, 202.903.0346

Chocolate Chocolate

This downtown store sells a variety of other confections including licorice, Jordan almonds and jelly beans. But the main attraction is chocolate. Offerings here include heart-shaped tins of Neuhaus and Lake Champlain chocolates, collections from Europe, fair-trade and non-GMO varieties, plus the option to create your own “Sweet Nostalgia” box, with choices ranging from almond bark and pecan turtles to chocolate-covered Oreos, nonpareils and chocolate cordial cherries. 1130 Connecticut Ave., 202.466.2190

Chocolate Chocolate

Café Chocolat

Also located downtown, this cafe, just a six-minute walk from the White House, works directly with chocolatiers to get the freshest product possible. Added bonus? The café pours some of the best hot chocolate in the city, as well as espresso, coffee and tea, plus sweet and savory pastries. Find bean-to-bar chocolates in classic flavors such as milk chocolate and hazelnut; dark chocolate and espresso; dark chocolate, sea salt and almonds; and creative flavors such as Andean rose and organic chocolate. 1423 H St. NW, 202.827.3057

Cafe Chocolat

Krön Chocolatier

This Friendship Heights shop offers hand-made Hungarian chocolates as well as their own ice cream. Locals swear by the truffles, chocolate turtles and hand-dipped fresh fruit. Krön also creates custom-shaped pieces and a wide variety of chocolates, including a sugar-free almond bark. 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.966.4946

Krön Chocolatier

Neuhaus Belgian Chocolate

In 2017, Bloomberg named Neuhaus truffles the best in the world. But you can’t go wrong with anything here. Everything is made with non-GMO ingredients and imported weekly from Belgium. For Valentine’s Day 2019, find three filled heart-shaped chocolates: dark chocolate with Colombian panela, milk chocolate with Madagascan vanilla and white chocolate with Yunnan tea. The pieces are available in heart-shaped or "love letter"-shaped boxes at the company’s Union Station boutique. 50 Massachusetts Ave., 202.289.7326

Neuhaus Chocolates

Harper Macaw

Visit this boutique in Southwest’s The Wharf for chocolate that gives back. Harper Macaw directly purchases from growers and pays them double the market rate and 15 times Fair Trade premiums. By partnering with Instituto Uiraçu, American Bird Conservancy and Rainforest Trust, Harper Macaw also helps reforest Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, one of Earth’s top biodiversity hotbeds. Try flavors such as bourbon barrel-aged dark chocolate, Bordeaux barrel-aged dark chocolate, butter toffee and sea salt, and dark chocolate and Earl Gray tea. 835 Water St. SW, 202.313.1276

Harper Macaw

Blüprint Chocolatier

Just a 20-minute drive outside of D.C., this Old Town chocolate shop in Alexandria, Virginia, creates all of their chocolates on site. The locally owned store specializes in truffles, bonbons and unique chocolate flavors, and has a “micro cafe” pouring drinking chocolate plus espresso, coffee and tea. They also carry a limited selection of bean-to-bar products from other chocolate makers as well. For Valentine’s Day 2019, find chocolate flavors including cherry balsamic, raspberry, champagne and chili cinnamon. 1001 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703.518.3065

Blüprint Chocolates

Fluerir Chocolates

Not far from Blüprint, Fleurir handmakes each piece of chocolate in small batches with a design-forward focus, resulting in chocolates that are as delicious as they are beautiful. For Valentine’s Day, the Be Mine Box comes in boxes with nine, 16 or 35 pieces in limited-edition flavors like wildflower honey caramel, hibiscus lemonade, strawberry mascarpone and pistachio praline rose water. Aspiring chocolatiers may want to try the single-origin tasting squares—dark chocolate squares highlighting the flavor profiles of four different growing regions. 724 Jefferson St., Alexandria, Va., 703.838.9055

 

Emily Sisco
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