Tampa: Any good gourmet chocolate stores?
Was looking to buy some gourmet chocolate for a friend's upcoming B-day. I know that there is the Godiva stores at the Westfield but I was hoping to impress her with some of the higher end imported stuff and not just Hershey's, not that there is anything wrong with a Hershey bar.
I would prefer a Tampa location but I probably wouldn't mind a hike to St. Pete/Pinellas as I can always look for an excuse to get a bowl of pho or run over to Mazzaro's. Hey, doesn't Mazzaro's carry a selection of chocolate too? hmmmm even more compelling reasons to hike over the bridge to St. Pete.
Thanks in advance.
there are 2 homemade chocolate places in tampa...one is on howard (around azeele, i think) and the other is on macdill just north of bay to bay (where pane rustica used to be)...let me know what you think
Here a couple of places in St. Pete
Schakolad Chocolate Factory - - 401 Central Ave, St Petersburg, 33701 - (727) 892-2400
Selections of all types of chocolate specialties plus special orders.
Artelle Chocolates - - 5507 38th Ave N, St Petersburg, 33710 - (727) 343-3693 A tiny little place that doesn't have a big selection but they have some great candies.
There's also one on BBD in New Tampa across from Home Depot behind Boston Market and Sushi Ko and stuff.
There is also a Schakolad on Howard right across the street from Whaley's.
Plus there used to be a place called Desiree's in Dunedin that was fairly good. Don't know if they are still there or not so please check first.
First off, thanks for all the info. I ended up having a meeting in St. Pete today and so I swung by Mazzarro's on 22nd Ave North. Turns out they have a very nice little selection of chocolates. They carry Scharffen Berger and Amedei as well as some others. So I kind of created my own choco-sampler.
I will definitely keep the other stores that everyone mentioned in mind if I am in the neighborhood.