La Chocolaterie: The Best Chocolates In The Lower Mainland

Diana Chan December 21, 2011 Dessert, Four Beakers, Japanese, Richmond, Specialty Shop

La Chocolaterie is the best chocolate store in the Lower Mainland. I really mean that because I have never been so excited and addicted to chocolates until now. Ever since my first bite at the Bakers Market, I have not been able to stop myself. They are my version of Willy Wonka. The owners – Taka & Kayoko have really dedicated themselves on making quality chocolates!

Their store is inside Izumi-Ya Japanese Marketplace. Its a small space, but thats where all the magic happens.

They are best known for their Ganache Chocolates. Really smooth chocolatey texture with amazing balance of flavour. I’m pretty sure they have over 30 flavours. Really unique flavours like blueberry, mango, green tea, black sesame, sake, red bean and even wasabi.

They also have chocolate bars too! These may look normal, but they are truly amazing. Earl Grey and the matcha bars are really good!

These ganache chocolates part of their coconama collection are really the gem of it all!

Favorite Pack ($5) contains 6 of the most popular flavours. You can’t go wrong with this since these are tried and tested flavours.

The green tea is quite strong, so if you aren’t familiar with the taste of green tea, it will be quite bitter.

Adventurers Pack ($5) is not for all. Judging by the flavours, it won’t appeal to everyone. The flavour is very subtle and acts as a secondary flavour to accompany the chocolaty ganache taste. The wasabi is not spicy at all, but you do get the faint flavour of wasabi.

I know some people may be scared of it, but it’s not bad at all.

6 pack of Tarts ($8.80) is assorted and you can choose what flavours you want inside. I initially thought the the tarts were a bit weird, but the tart make the ganache not as sweet. It makes for great presents…but in this case….I ate them all.

I also got Gift Basket A for $30 and it had a good assortment of everything in their store, so my coworkers really enjoyed it.

My all time favorite flavours:

  • Blueberry, mango, earl grey, coffee, black sesame, strong matcha and lemon basil.

Words of Wisdom:

  • Great Unforgettable Gifts (especially for the office)…step aside Ferrero Rocher!
  • Get a gift basket if you want to try a little bit of everything but can’t decide
  • Can be found at the Vancouver Bakers Market

We Rate La Chocolaterie: 
7971 Alderbridge Way (Inside Izumi-Ya Japanese Marketplace)
Richmond, BC
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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. krispymilk December 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Ahhh I used to be so addicted to this place when it first opened. I would go back every week with the previous receipt for 10% off, but it is quite expensive. It’s worth it, but not a very affordable weekly indulgence.

  2. Vincent N December 24, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Wow to call them the best is really big claim. There’s so many places to try, but I think what’s evident is that they have passion to experiment and to try out with different flavours. I can see why you would love Earl Grey.. Personally I love bergamot in any of my chocolates.

    I know it says that you’re not into Chocolate, but if you happen to be by Waterfront, you might consider Mink Chocolate Cafe. They have some exotic flavours there as well such as Rose Petal Organic White Chocolate. They are pricy though, but if you’re adventurous, it’s definitely worth a try with a friend.

    • DesignGirl December 24, 2011 at 3:21 am

      hahaha I know it is, but there are still so many places to try out. Mink and Beta5 are on my list! I haven’t been to too many chocolate places, but i’ll be sure to explore the chocolate realm =)

  3. fatpanda December 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    WOW I MUST TRY!! 🙁

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