Chocolate shops in Hong Kong have us going un poco coco, from a taste of luxury at La Maison Du Chocolat and Venchi to homegrown Conspiracy Chocolate and more…
So ubiquitous is chocolate today that it’s easy to forget its origins as the elixir of the gods. First conceived in Mesoamerica – where cacao grows natively – as a bitter beverage, European colonisers mixed cane sugar and spices into the dark liquid, remaking it as sweet chocolate in the 16th century. Between myth and medicine, festive gift-giving and the craft behind the confection, there’s a whole world in each bite. Whether you’re making your first forays into this divine food or keen to call yourself a chocolate connoisseur, here’s where to find the best chocolate in Hong Kong.
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Venchi – Luxury pralines, bars, gianduja chocolates and gelato
Venchi lays claim to over a hundred “cioccogelateria”, serving both chocolate and gelato, in 70 territories including Hong Kong. Staying true to its Italian heritage, the company highlights produce like Piedmontese hazelnuts and Brontesi green pistachios in its chocolate creations. Venchi is also one of the foremost makers of the Piedmontese cremino.
Venchi, various locations across Hong Kong, www.venchi.com.hk
Royce’ Chocolate – Specialises in Nama chocolate gift boxes
Founded in Sapporo in 1983, Royce’ Chocolate has been at the forefront of Japanese chocolate ever since, and enjoys widespread popularity across Hong Kong. Known for its signature nama chocolate, the gourmet chocolatier highlights a particular type of ganache that builds flavour and texture using fresh dairy from Hokkaido. While ganache is generally enjoyed as a filling, Royce’ Chocolate turns it into a complete chocolate treat unto itself.
Royce’ Chocolate, various stockists across Hong Kong, www.royce.com
Leonidas – Belgian chocolates with a variety of flavours
For a box of Belgian-style chocolate pralines that are (literally) fit for royalty, head to Leonidas. A family-owned chocolatier with a century-long legacy, this company is on the esteemed list of certified purveyors to the Belgian monarchy. Leonidas is a member of the Cocoa Horizons Foundation and uses sustainably sourced cocoa for its tablet range. Proceeds from its Hong Kong shops go to Benji’s Centre, a local charity that provides specialised speech therapy to children from low-income families.
Leonidas, Shop B2-07C, Sogo Department Store, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2836 3695, www.leonidas.com.hk
La Maison du Chocolat – Luxury chocolate truffles, pralines and bars
From whimsical treats like twigs and orangettes to artistic triumphs in the medium of chocolate, La Maison du Chocolat is widely acclaimed for its oeuvre of designer chocolates. La Maison collaborates with Valrhona to source their cocoa beans, guaranteeing total traceability, final products of the highest quality and an overall more hopeful future for cocoa communities worldwide.
La Maison du Chocolat, various locations across Hong Kong, 2343 3331, www.lamaisonduchocolat.com
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Hakawa Chocolate – A range of chocolate desserts
Led by co-founders Sally Kwok and Mandy Wong, this snug store located at the end of Gough Street in Central was among the first to spark Hong Kong’s artisanal chocolate movement back in 2017. Hakawa’s chocolate bars, coated nuts and beverages feature premium cocao sourced from Peru and Ecuador. If you’re confused about what to sample, go ahead and ask for a recommendation – the friendly owners are happy to lend you a hand as you set off on your sweet adventure.
Hakawa Chocolate, Shop 1B, 49-51A Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 6163 3563, www.facebook.com/HakawaChocolate
Godiva – Luxury chocolate gift boxes
Like most great things, Godiva’s most adored chocolate creations sprung forth from a modest family kitchen. Today, the household-name is synonymous not just with pralines, but an entire range of chocolate sweets, including frozen desserts. But there’s something special about those pioneering recipes: the Truffe Originale, developed in 1946 and now called the Original Dark 1946 Truffle, is still its best-selling chocolate bonbon.
Godiva, various locations across Hong Kong, www.godiva.com.hk
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Conspiracy Chocolate – Chocolate bars with unconventional flavours
Do ingredients like roasted rice tea or genmaicha, sourdough bread and Sichuan peppercorn belong in your chocolate bonbons? Hong Kong-founded craft chocolate brand Conspiracy Chocolate boasts a constantly expanding catalogue of experimental infusions that also happen to be vegan. The beans, prized for warm notes of cherry, tobacco and toffee, are sourced from the Dak Lak region of Vietnam and processed by hand right here in Hong Kong.
Conspiracy Chocolate, various stockists across Hong Kong, www.conspiracychocolate.com
Charbonnel et Walker – Luxury chocolate gift boxes
Known for its masterfully handcrafted chocolate truffles, Charbonnel et Walker was one of the only few to be endorsed by Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen. The famed chocolate truffles can be found in Hong Kong by way of Landmark Alexandra, and come in an array of decadent flavours, including Pink Marc de Champagne, Strawberries and Cream, Sipsmith Gin and more.
Charbonnel et Walker, Shop 104, 1/F, Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 9303 6782, charbonnel.com.hk
More Chocolate Shops And Chocolate Brands In Hong Kong
- Bel-Zims – Made-to-order chocolates from Belgium. www.bel-zims.com
- Casa Cacao – Chocolate bars and bonbons with premium cacao beans sourced sustainably from around the world. www.grahamstfoodhall.hk/casa-cacao
- Chocobien – Chocolate bars flavoured with everything from soy sauce to shrimp, Kampot pepper and ginseng! www.chocobien.com
- Chokohood – A cafe with all things chocolate. www.facebook.com/chokohood
- Lindt – Smooth, dissolve-on-your-tongue texture chocolate bars and truffles. www.chocolate.lindt.com
- Lucullus – Chocolate that pays homage to its roots in Hong Kong. lucullus.com.hk
- Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe – The first traditional British sweet shop in Hong Kong. www.mrsimms.hk
- See’s Candies – An American chocolate shop that opened in 1921 and still uses old recipes. www.chocolateshops.sees.com
Editor’s Note: “Where To Find The Best Chocolate In Hong Kong” was originally written by Aarohi Narain and was most recently updated in January 2023 by Fashila Kanakka.
Main image courtesy of Venchi 1878 via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Venchi 1878 via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of Leonidas HK via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of La Maison du Chocolat Hong Kong via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Conspiracy Chocolate via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of Charbonnel et Walker HK via Facebook.