My friend who is a chocolatier is coming to LA and we want to check out a few chocolate shops. Are there any I should add to the list? Independent rather than chains. TIA
L'Artisan du Chocolat
Your list looks pretty good. I would add K Chocolatier in Beverly Hills
9606 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Also Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland in Beverly Hills on the corner of Brighton & Camden. Really cute store with tables to enjoy chocolates and coffee. Expensive, but exquisite chocolates. As far as I know this is not a chain -- I've never seen one of these anywhere else in the US (I lived in NYC for several years) -- but given the name it is possible that there are more in Switzerland. It is very close to K Chocolatier, that another chowhound recommended for you.
Two years ago I tried a dozen High-dollar chocolate shops around L.A., and had some good stuff. What I learn from it all was that if you hand over enough money to someone who knows a little about chocolate you probably will get something at least half good in return. With that in mind I developed the opinion that what really makes for a good Chocolatier is in what they can hand you when you give them a small amount to work with. Therefore, "Frankly, ..." I agree with See's. I like the nut, and chews selection. I can eat a pound of Califoenia Brittle ad a box of those "Awesome Nut & Chew Bars."
"K" Chocolatier (I liked this place for the chocolates)
In tem pe ran tia (I haven't been here in over a year, probably still around)
15324 Antioch Street
Leonidas Chocolate Café (Belgium chocolates,but I really love the BEST ice blended Mocha in L.A.)
49 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena , CA 91105-1922
(626) 577- 7121
Leonidas Chocolate Café (Belgium chocolates,and the BEST ice blended Mocha in L.A.)
331 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica , CA 90401-2205