If venturing outdoors and into the frosty snow for extended periods of time is not your idea of a good time, we have good news. You can easily enjoy the wintery weather from the comfort of your own home. One of our favourite winter activities consists of enjoying a mug full of steaming, velvety hot chocolate. Not the kind that comes prepackaged and is sold in bulk, but rather a mug full of rich cocoa and your favourite steamed additive, be it water, milk, or something else.
If you are willing to head outside for a short period of time, you can even take the opportunity to support local businesses. Montreal is home to some truly incredible chocolatiers whose creations would elevate any takeaway hot chocolate to a whole new level.
All of the shops mentioned below are operating despite COVID-19 and adhere to the regulations and restrictions put in place by health officials. Take a moment before heading outside to see if you should place an online order for pickup or if the shop is allowing customers inside to pick out their chocolate in person. Some chocolatiers offer curbside or delivery, too, making the process even safer.
With that in mind, here are some of the best chocolate options still to enjoy in the city!
To start your chocolate journey, downtown Montreal is the logical first step. Packed with veritable chocolate artisans, the centralized location makes it ideal for shoppers who would like to try different styles of chocolate without traipsing all over the city in the process.
For the better part of three decades, Divine Chocolatier has been serving the downtown area with handmade, small-batch chocolate that is always fresh and full of flavour. This small boutique is a local favourite, with chocolates such as divine pralines, Belgian pralines, or dark chocolate truffles winning the hearts of any who try them. Using Divine Chocolatier chocolate as the base for your next mug of hot chocolate ensures that the final result is delicious and memorable.
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois
If you are close to Atwater Market or do not mind making the trip, Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois is the creator of truly unforgettable chocolate. Part of this chocolatier’s allure comes from its dedication to using only the highest quality ingredients it can find. The store is so dedicated to this goal that it has taken to making its own peppers and honey to ensure it fits its exacting standards. The emphasis on quality results in offerings that will make it almost impossible to create anything other than the perfect mug of hot chocolate.
Situated in Pointe Saint-Charles as well as other locations available for view on its website, Lecavalier Petrone offers customers unique chocolates from two young chocolatiers with a fresh eye for quality and innovation in their creations. To this end, Lecavalier Petrone is home to what might more accurately be described as works of art complete with colourful stripes, splatters, and specks that are unique from piece to piece. It might seem like a bit of a waste to watch these chocolates melt into your milk, however the vibrant (edible) paint will turn your mug into something that is as visually pleasing as it is tasty.
The Mile End houses its own fair share of quality chocolatiers determined to provide their clientele with the best chocolate they can make. If you are looking for different options than the boutiques in downtown Montreal, the Plateau might be your next best bet.
Les Chocolats de Chloé
Home to city favourite chocolate-covered sponge toffee, Les Chocolats de Chloé offers truffles, bars, and cooking ingredients. The latter includes a variety of premade flavoured hot cocoa mixes such as coffee, mint, vanilla, and chai spices. You do not have to relegate yourself to these options alone, however, and their chocolate bars and truffles would also make excellent bases for a mug of quality hot chocolate.
Chocolats Andrée has been in business since 1940, making it the oldest surviving chocolate shop in Montreal that uses vintage moulds and makes everything by hand. This chocolatier closed briefly before being revived by chocolate factory Genaveh. The quality of the shop remains just as high as it did before the closure, and customers can find not only rich, handmade chocolate, but also delicious hot chocolate add-ins like salted butter caramel or fresh hazelnut spread.
Often overlooked, the chocolatiers in Little Italy are varied and high quality. Each offers a diverse array of tasty chocolate treats that would be delicious consumed as-is — perhaps while snuggling up in your favourite armchair and playing a few online games, or included in any mug of hot chocolate.
This chocolatier focuses on providing artisan chocolates with no added sugar. From chocolate bars to pastries paired with creamy chocolate ganache, Bonneau Chocolatier is well-loved locally for its high quality and rich chocolate, including indulgent dark chocolate that rivals any other on this list. Finally, the chocolatier also offers hot chocolate bombs that are as fun as they are delicious. Toss one of these bombs into your steamed milk and watch it burst into a delicious cloud of cocoa and vanilla marshmallows.
État de choc
Venture a bit farther into Little Italy and Villeray and visit État de choc, a minimalist boutique that keeps the focus firmly on its chocolate. This chocolatier focuses on pleasing all five senses and makes it a point to create chocolate that has the right texture, taste, appearance, and quality to keep people coming back. This includes a variety of flavoured hot chocolate mixes such as dark milk and hazelnuts, dark hot chocolate, milk hot chocolate, Pump Street drinking chocolate, and even single-origin hot cocoa mix.
Winter in Montreal does not have to be frosty. In fact, it is entirely possible to enjoy the cozy weather without leaving the warmth of your living room. Try out a chocolatier from our list and enjoy a mug of memorable hot chocolate tailored to your specific tastes.