Some say it’s better than sex, others describe it as edible euphoria. However you describe chocolate, chances are it’s a pleasant experience. Whether you prefer dark, milk or even white chocolate, a little bit of this decadence goes a very long way. With the national holiday for lovers, Valentine’s Day, fast approaching, this is the prefect time to highlight the best places in Atlanta that specialize in all things chocolate. Cake, cookies, candy bars and Whitman’s samplers are just a few of the myriad of succulent treats that are possible when a generous amount of chocolate is added to the mix. I like my chocolate sparingly and in small doses, that way I can truly appreciate the magic that it creates and long for my next fix. Atlanta is big on chocolate and there are fabulous places in the city that have some of the best and most innovative chocolate creations. So, enjoy our list of the best places for all you chocoholics!
1 Schakolad Chocolate Factory of Atlanta
Tucked away in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, Schakolad Chocolate Factory is a chocolate-lover’s paradise. Any type, flavor or creation you can think of is available in abundance at this cute, little sweet spot. Their specialty is fresh, handmade European-style chocolates and they are also Atlanta’s only Kosher-certified chocolate maker. The inventory at Schakolad is so vast that they have over 70 handmade chocolates including truffles, nut clusters, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered strawberries and 1,000’s of specialty chocolate molds. For those chocolate addicts with an undeniable sweet tooth, but don’t have the time to go pick up your order, you can place your order and have it shipped and delivered right to your doorstep. Whatever special occasion that warrants a chocolate reminder, this place has you deliciously covered.
1100 Hammond Dr. NE Suite
2 The Chocolaterie
Selling over 100 brands of chocolate from around the world, The Chocolaterie is the mother ship for all of Atlanta’s chocolate addicts. In addition to carrying chocolates, cookies, fudge, brownies, confections, baskets and unique gifts from many of the world's leading brands, The Chocolaterie makes onsite over 100 spectacularly hand painted chocolate truffles that double as gourmet desserts. Whether you prefer the time-tested tastes of the finest domestic and imported brands or the freshness and creativity of truffles made daily by hand with only the purest ingredients, this is a great place to show your love and gratitude for someone through the delicious magic of chocolate. I’m literally salivating as I type this…a chocolate intervention is the next step once you indulge in all of their tasty treats.
410 Peachtree Pkwy. Suite 4126
3 Cacao Atlanta
When the celebrities, socialites and CEOs of Atlanta want gourmet chocolate treats this is the place that’s at the top of their list. Cacao Atlanta is a chic and upscale chocolate shop that serves up the most decadent, succulent and delicious chocolate confections in all of Atlanta. They have received a great amount of local press due to the high-end clientele that loves all of the sweet things that house their beautiful (and fragrant) display cases. Cacao Atlanta describes itself as “true craft chocolate makers proud of our Southern roots with love and passion infused every step of the way. Not only are we a bean-to-bar chocolate maker, we produce every chocolate product from the cocoa bean. Our Old World- New World aesthetic will transport you in one bite to a French apothecary and in another bite to the charming South where the integrity of the cocoa bean lies above all.” Chocolate here is serious business and the outcome is sure to please your lips and add a few delicious calories to your diet. Whether you’re stopping in for chocolate, confectionary or gifts, I guarantee that you will be more than satisfied.
312 C North Highland Ave.
4 Chocolate Perks
Located in the historic downtown section of the Atlanta suburb of Duluth lays this quaint little shop that serves up all of chocolate heaven. The great thing about Chocolate Perks is that you get a real sense of being in your grandmother’s kitchen or watching your mother whip up your favorite chocolate treats. It feels like home when you walk inside and it smells even better. Sometimes the most memorable food experiences are at smaller establishments where they know each customer by name and what they like; Chocolate Perks is one of those places and one of Atlanta’s hidden gems. Some of their mouthwatering offerings include: truffles, turtles, bark, cookie mint bark, white chocolate hearts, chocolate-covered espresso beans and chocolate-covered Oreos. Yummy!
3160 Main St.
5 Godiva Chocolatier
This entry on the list needs absolutely no introduction. When you think of chocolate, this is the first place that comes to mind. Not only are they the leading chocolatier in the world, but they also stock some of the best chocolate that will ever grace your lips. For those that are chocolate connoisseurs, visiting Godiva on a regular basis is just as essential as grocery shopping. The presentation is always flawless and the service impeccable, I could gush about the legendary Godiva all day long, but if you have yet to experience it, do yourself a favor and go right now! Be sure to wipe the chocolate residue off your lips once you’re finished indulging.
4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd.