looking for a great local chocolatier that has a cafe serving fabulous mochas??
I guess the title says it all. On the East coast we have Burdick's in Cambridge. Wonderful hand crafted chocolates, AND they have a cafe that serves fabulous hot chocolate and mochas, as well as homemade pastries. ANYTHING IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA ??? Hope so...
There's nothing quite like Burdick's (which I miss from my Cambridge years) in San Francisco. Cocoa Bella, Christopher Elbow, and Bittersweet are all high-end chocolate-centric shops that make a selection of serious hot chocolates and mochas. Cocoa Bella wins on hot chocolate for me, though Cocoa Bella has no seating and no food (aside from chocolates) in either of their two locations. Christopher Elbow has seating, but limited hours and, again, no food other than chocolates. Bittersweet may be the closest: they have pastries and very good hot chocolates and mocha, with some seating. The food at Bittersweet is more rustic and chocolate-centered than at Burdick's: I like Bittersweet's chocolate caramel sandwich cookie. Bittersweet doesn't have the lovingly hand-crafted feel that Burdick's does, but it's worth seeing the comparison for yourself.
The conversation of Burdick's makes me remember the faux-oreo cookie a few steps down at Hi-Rise on Brattle. Now that's something San Francisco needs!
2123 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
401 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA
2102 Union St, San Francisco, CA
845 Market St # 161, San Francisco, CA
5427 College Ave, Oakland, CA
XOX serves coffee drinks. It's tiny tiny tiny, no pastries. You can sit at a sidewalk table though, they have a few 2-tops. I can't vouch for the quality of the mocha, but I've had their cap and it was fine. Many people would argue that they make the best chocolate truffles in the area. He makes traditional, rustic French style truffles.
I would recommend buying the chocolates at XOX and then walking up Columbus to one of the cafes in North Beach about 5 blocks away like Roma, Grecco, or Trieste. Those cafes don't make chocolates, but probably have the coffee drinks and ambience you are looking for.
754 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133
423 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
526 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133