Treat Yourself to the Best Chocolate in Boston from These Local Makers

By Catherine Smart

Say it with chocolate, whether your idea of a sweet celebration calls for brightly colored vegan treats for Galentine’s Day or hand-shaped penguin truffles shipped straight to your honey (those birds mate for life!). These five curated Boston chocolate shops make it easy, handcrafting everything from hot cocoa bombs to lacquered bonbons, with options for contactless delivery, and even private chocolate tastings.

Gȃté Comme des Filles

A Le Cordon Bleu Paris-trained pastry chef who worked for Alice Waters, Alexandra Whisnant is not messing around with Gȃté Comme des Filles, which translates to “spoiled like girls.” She produces small batches of highly coveted confections at her tiny chocolate shop at Bow Market, which also serves takeout treats like rich hot cocoa and chocolate mousse. Each box of seasonally crafted bonbons—in flavors like rose and pink peppercorn, hazelnut praline, and Broadsheet Coffee—is packed by hand, and stamped with an “eat by” date just a few days in the future. Trust us—that won’t be a problem. Check the website for shipping options, too.


Sating Greater Boston’s sweet tooth since 2010, the women-owned chocolate shop EHChocolatier turns out gorgeous bonbons—often stamped with vibrant patterns—filled with bright flavors like yuzu, passionfruit, and matcha. There’s also a vegan collection; bars, barks, and novelties like marshmallow-filled hot chocolate bombs; and even a chocolate of the month club. Our Galentine’s Day go-to, the shop is open for browsing and is stocked with the perfect treats for whomever you’re sending sweets. You can also order online for shipping or curbside pickup.

When the first L.A. Burdick shop opened back in 1987, artisanal chocolate wasn’t really a thing here in the States. Larry Burdick changed that by showcasing Swiss techniques and chocolates made the old-school Alpine way: with quality cocoa beans and less sugar. Burdick doesn’t even use molds; every adorable animal-shaped truffle (mice! penguins!) and chewy caramel is shaped by hand. Unwrapping the classic wooden box, tied with ribbon and sealed with wax, is a treat in itself. Shop online, or visit local locations in Boston and Cambridge.

Petrova Chocolates

Credit: Betty Petrova

With a direct-to-consumer collection of divine chocolate orbs—all shinier than a fresh gel mani—chocolatier Betty Petrova is crafting serious confections that are also totally tempting  and cheery. Filled with flavors like black sesame, candy cap mushroom, and cookie dough, each bonbon box offers a taste of Petrova’s playful vibe. She also makes more limited items like bars and hot chocolate bombs. Order online for shipping or local delivery—and if you can’t wait for the mail to arrive? Head to Uni, which puts some of these small-batch beauties on the dine-in menu.

Beacon Hill Chocolates

Rather than focus on one style of confection, Paula Barth fills her historic Charles Street shop with chocolates curated from around the world. Pop in to Beacon Hill Chocolates to pick up an artisanal bar from Belgium, whimsical candies, a cone of locally made gelato, or to give something really special in a one-of-a kind decoupage gift box. Shop online or in-store, where you can also indulge in a private chocolate tasting.

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