I've heard about Chloe's but are there any other special chocolate shops that are not to be missed.
We're staying in Old Montreal but will be travelling around here and there.
I've also tried the chocolates from the stand at Atwater Market but can't remember their name.
Any other suggestions welcome....thanks
The best chocolate in the whole of Quebec as far as I'm concerned is Gendron Confiseur Choclatier. The man is a genius!
I ordered a custom box of the following flavors, 1 piece of each, as a surprise for my wife (then girlfriend!) when she came to visit last year, and I still dream about it to this day!
We sampled one of each and there was not a single strike in the box:
cerise Griotinne a l'alcool
thé vert Matcha de Mariage Frères
Gyokuro de Betjeman and Barton
Sencha de Betjeman and Barton
caramel diamant de sel
They also came, hand delivered by Daniel, as uniquely and thoughtfully packaged as their flavors. They were utterly delectable! I think the box cost me roughly just under $100.
I knew that he sold his chocolates through Fouvrac, but I didn't know about his chocolate bar. I'll make sure to try it when I'm in town next month! Montreal has some really great chocolate shops and that's one thing that I do miss!
williej, to answer your question if you haven't already figured it out, his chocolates are sold through Frouvac, as mentioned, but you can contact him directly by email to place custom orders as I'm pretty sure there are only assorted boxes of varying quantity that he selles through retail. Some of his flavor infusions are really interesting. I like Chloé a lot too, but they aren't on the same level as Gendron imo.
there is le maitre chocolatier as well, their afternoon tea is unimpressive but chocolates are well done, i also really like chocobel
to be honest I find most of the chocolate shops are a bit overpriced (if i remember chocobel was a bit cheaper)... much lower quality:price than in paris, but I guess thats what competition does
+1 for Le Maitre Chocolatier, they have nice confections.
I am not a big fan of Genevieve de Grandbois. Their big product, which got them known, is their plain chocolate bars into which they put falvored salts and spices. For a chocolateer (i did a lot back in the day) it's a old fad exploited. I think they have good marketing which passes off their prices. Their chocolate quality is good though, it's just the effort versus price that bothers me.
Kind of like how Rocky Mountain makes these chocolate dipped apples and charges 12$ for them. That's just insulting.
Yes, don't miss Chloé, it's my favorite. I would also suggest Chocobel and maybe Christophe Morel @ Café Birks.
What you had at Atwater Market was probably Geneviève Grandbois.
When are you visiting? There's a chocolate festival on the february 8 weekend.
Edit: Oops, forgot about one of my favorite : Chocolats Andrée! Probably our oldest chocolaterie.
You will not find a lot of informations on Chocobel, but believe me, they're equally great ;) They just don't have any web presence so not as much known as the other ones.
I also forgot about Fous Desserts, I always think about their croissants and pastries, but they also make great chocolates.
Maison Cakao near Pâtisserie Rhubarbe is good too.