Washington DC Chocolate Tour

USA, Washington D.C. Guide (D): Washington DC Chocolate Tour

Washington, D.C., has gotten hip, especially the bustling food scene. There’s no better way to explore a city than through your stomach, and if you have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck. Chocolate in Washington, D.C. is everywhere. There’s handmade chocolate, chocolate from around the world and cafes with chocolate drinks. Explore, DC through these 15 chocolate eateries while catching up on American politics and history.
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Guide Name: Washington DC Chocolate Tour
Guide Location: USA » Washington D.C.
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (D))
# of Destinations: 13
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Artisan Confections   Locolat Café   Schakolad Chocolate Factory   Peregrine Espresso   Pitango Gelato   Bistro La Bonne   Hello Cupcake   Kron Chocolatier   Cake Love   Fleurir Chocolates   Dolcezza   Tynan Coffee & Tea   Tryst  
Author: Bridget Shirvell
Author Bio: Bridget Shirvell is a freelance digital journalist and social media editor. She has experience reporting on a variety of issues. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including La Cucina Italiana, Condé Nast Traveler and The Latin Kitchen. When not editing, reporting or tweeting, you will often find her exploring new places through their food markets, dreaming about the beach and attempting to wrangle her golden retriever into proper behavior.
Author Website: http://breeshirvell.com
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Artisan Confections

1) Artisan Confections

It’s a bit tempting to not eat a truffle from Artisan Confections but to rather hold on to it as a piece of art. Every day you will find at least 15 different flavors of truffles at this shop, including flavors such as passion fruit caramel and peanut butter and jelly, and salted caramel. Each truffle is carefully painted with a design that makes it a work of art. Washington, D.C. native Jason Andelman is the force behind this Arlington, Virginia chocolate shop that boosts several additional locations in the Greater Washington D.C. area. This one is near the Clarendon Metro stop on the orange line. While most of the designs on the truffles come from a European company several local artists design seasonal prints for the chocolates.
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Locolat Café

2) Locolat Café

Get to this Adams Morgan café early if you want to indulge in chocolate items for breakfast. Pastries, such as their chocolate croissants and éclairs go fast. The café serves breakfast and brunch and is owned by husband and wife team Niel and Ada Pieferon.

You’ll find Belgian chocolates and deserts in the shop, but it’s the pastries, chocolate drinks and macaroons that steal the show. The small, intimate, tiny café is reminiscent of a café in Europe and the place can get fairly crowded. After sampling the treats head back out for shopping in the artsy Adams Morgan neighborhood or walk the few blocks over to U Street where you‘ll find even more chocolate shops.
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Schakolad Chocolate Factory

3) Schakolad Chocolate Factory

Europe meets Washington, D.C. at the Schakolad Chocolate Factor in Crystal City. The name is a combination of the last name of co-founder Baruch Schaked and chocolate, but don’t worry the shop opened way before combining celebrity names was cool.

Schaked has made chocolates since the late 1960s. He began as chocolatier in Argentina, before opening up his own shop in Florida. After a long career he wanted to retire but his son, Edgar, had other plans and took over the business and expanded it.

All of the chocolates the shop sells are made on location but they are made in the way of traditional European chocolate. Here you’ll find chocolate bars, chocolate body paint and a variety of chocolate truffles. The shop is located in the shops at Crystal City making it the perfect stop during your shopping trip.
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Peregrine Espresso

4) Peregrine Espresso

If you love fresh, local food, give yourself plenty of time to explore the neighborhood around Peregrine Espresso. The tiny shop that has just four bar stools calls Eastern Market its home. The public food market is the longest continually run market in the District. Technically it’s located in the Capitol Hill section of Washington, DC, but Eastern Market has become its own destination one that is all about fresh, local ingredients and one that Peregrine Espresso melds perfectly with.

Its name means foreign; alien; roving; wandering; migratory and that’s sort of what you’ll find at the shop. Ryan and Jill Jensen opened the shop in 2008. Here you’ll find some of the best coffee in the District including micro-brews that change seasonally although some in the past have included baroida, eastern highlinds paupa new guinea and karatu thika Kenya. For the chocolate levels order the mocha, twelve ounces of milk and espresso with rich chocolate sauce. Then take a walk over to the Capitol or continue to explore the food around Eastern Market.
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Pitango Gelato

5) Pitango Gelato

Cool down your Washington, D.C. adventure with a trip to Pitagno Gelato in Logan Circle. Pitagno Gelato makes dense, slow churned Italian gelato in a sustainable way. Local food lovers will love that Pitagno owners go to amazing lengths to source all local ingredients. Many of the flavors including the chocolate sorbet are vegan. The serving size for the price is what my mother would say not for Americans. Their tiny, European tiny, but the gelato is so rich that you are getting more than if you had a similar size of ice cream. Chocolate lovers should try the chili chocolate, chocolate noir or nocciola.
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Bistro La Bonne

6) Bistro La Bonne

This hip French café in the U Street area is always bustling. You’ve been warned, expect a long wait time. The delicious food and scrumptious deserts are well worth the wait though. When exploring the U Street area of Washington, D.C., plan to stop in for lunch, dinner, or just for coffee and dessert. On Thursdays, you can’t wrong with the chocolate soufflé with sabayon. If you don’t make it on a Thursday there is also melted heart chocolate cake with white chocolate ice cream, white and dark chocolate mousse cake with crème anglaise. Hungry yet?
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Hello Cupcake

7) Hello Cupcake

With two locations, one in Capitol Hill and one in DuPont Circle, it’s likely you’ll pass Hello Cupcake on your travels to Washington, D.C.’s main attractions. Of course if you love cupcakes Hello Cupcake could easily be the main attraction.

Owner Penny Karas is also the chef. She grew-up making baked goodies under the watchful eye of her Greek mother, aunts and cousins and turned her childhood hobby into a business. She tries to use the freshest natural ingredients she can find.

Each day you’ll find at least one vegan cupcake and at least one gluten-free cupcake. Chocolate fiends should try the heart of darkness, or the chocolate chimp. If you want something a bit more adventurous try the margarita, not chocolate, but it just sounds like something to have on weekend afternoon.

If you ‘re really passionate about your cupcakes, register for one of their cupcake decorating classes online before you stop in and check out the cupcake schedule to find out when you’re favorite flavor will be there.
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Kron Chocolatier

8) Kron Chocolatier

This Hungarian chocolate shop is a bit off the beaten tourist path, but it’s worth the trek. Located in the Friendship Heights section of Washington, D.C., the shop is within walking distance of the Friendship Heights metro stop and not far from American University and the National Cathedral.

Inside the small boutique chocolate lovers will be hard pressed to find any type of chocolate they love missing. There are the truffles, chocolate dipped pretzels, solid chocolate, chocolate filled with a variety of flavor and more. Be warned though, it’s hard to stop after having just one of their chocolates. Kron Chocolatier also accepts custom chocolate orders where they will make chocolate into any shape you want or create a gift box or basket.
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Cake Love

9) Cake Love

No trip to Washington, D.C. is complete without a visit to the U Street Corridor, the birthplace of Duke Ellington. It’s here, in the upper edge of the nine-block stretch that makes up the U Street area that you’ll find the original Cake Love location. Warren Brown traded in his law career for a retail bakery career when he opened Cake Love in 2003. The place and was one part of the revitalization of U Street.

As the cupcake graze took over the U.S., Cake Love gained national attention in the form of the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show and national advertisement campaigns for American Express. Cake Love expanded to six locations throughout the Greater Washington D.C. area, but this location is the one that started it all.

Try one of their chocolate cupcakes with either a buttercream topping of chocolate, dark chocolate, German chocolate, raspberry or even lime.
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Fleurir Chocolates

10) Fleurir Chocolates

This new Georgetown shop is a media darling. The shop and founders Robert Ludlow, his family and his lovely almost wife Ashley Hubbard have been featured on everything from the local media, such as the Washington, D.C. edition of DailyCandy.com, to national glossy magazines such as Food & Wine.

Stop into their Georgetown shop and find out what all the media fuss is about and why they claim their chocolates will take the world by storm. Robert is the creative mind behind the business. He has a degree from le Cordon Blue in Sysnd and after working at chocolate shop he decided to open up his own place. The chocolates come in delicious, unique flavors such as sesame hazelnut, rosebud cardamom and wattleseed toffee.
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Dolcezza

11) Dolcezza

The philosophy of Dolcezza could be summed up as What If?. What if we serve homemade gelato made fresh everyday inside a small store in Dupont Circle? What if we use the best ingredients from local farmers? What if we make it simple and fun?

The result is Dolcezza. The shop offers espresso, churros and of course gelato in interesting flavors such as pineapple honey and lime, Thai coconut milk and chocolate bacon. There are two locations one, the original in Georgetown and this on e in Dupont Circle. You’ll find this Dupont Circle one a little easier to snag a seat although it is communal tables. The art on the wall has a hipster feel. The staff will let you sample flavors before making a selection.
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Tynan Coffee & Tea

12) Tynan Coffee & Tea

Two brothers founded this trendy little coffee and tea shop as a way to offer something different than normal chain store coffee offerings. Different it is. Here you’ll find more than a dozen choices of high quality lose tea, coffee, espresso and even Mexican Hot Chocolate. The hot chocolate isn’t as spicy as normal Mexican Hot Chocolate but it has a nice kick and will warm you up on a cold day. Flavors such as hazelnut, caramel, dark chocolate and almond can also be added to any of the coffee drinks. Tynan also serves breakfast and lunch with quiches, waffles, biscotti, grilled cheese and even cupcakes.
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Tryst

13) Tryst

Aptly named, Tryst is a delightful spot to bring a date for a low-key afternoon or even to spend time catching up with an old friend. Chocolate, coffee, food cocktails—need I say more. Located in the Adam’s Morgan section of Washington, D.C., Tryst, opened in 1998 with the motto No Corporate Coffee. No Matching Silver Ware.

During the day the place is often packed with people typing away on laptops. It’s not a place to just run in and grab a pastry or a cup of coffee though. It’s waiter service, with some communal tables and an overall lovely place to hang out. Try the death by chocolate dessert waffle; a fudgy chocolate concoction topped with nutella. There’s also a chocolate layer cake, a chocolate silk tofu tart and strawberry chocolate éclairs to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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