When it comes to sugar consumption, San Francisco is definitely a town with a sweet tooth. Home to the original Ghirardelli chocolate factory and birthplace of the IT’S IT, you don’t have to look very hard to find a wide array of sweets and confections. We’ve done you the favor of narrowing down our top five favorite candy stores, whose brick and mortar locations are as unique and endearing as the candy they sell. Be sure to stop in for some samples when you come to town, and maybe even take some home to put under the tree!
Poco Dolce is one of the Dogpatch’s crown jewels. Offering a wide selection of bon bons, toffee, chocolate bars and caramels, it’s hard not to buy it all. For those with a bit more self constraint, Poco Dolce also sells individual bittersweet chocolate tiles in delicious flavors ranging from burnt caramel to aztec chile.
2419 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Store Hours: Mon 11a-5p, Tues-Fri 11a-6p, Sat 12p-5:30p
When it comes to candy shops, Miette takes the proverbial cake. When you step inside you’ll feel as though you’ve entered the candy store from the beginning of Willy Wonka, and the urge to find Gene Wilder will be very real. Miette offers chocolates and sweets from all over the world, in addition to freshly made cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
449 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Store Hours: Mon-Sun 11a-7p
Do you feel good about free fudge samples? Then Z. Cioccolato is the place for you! In addition to their award winning fudge, you’ll find oversized barrels filled with different varieties of salt water taffy and other candy. They also sell vintage-esque trinkets that make great San Francisco souvenirs.
474 Columbus Ave San Francisco CA 94133
Store Hours: Mon-Sun 11a-11p
Chocolate Covered has the local SF feel down like no other candy store in the city. Owner Jack Epstein stocks the store with chocolate confections from all over the world, and can tell you about them too. On the hunt for marzipan? Chocolate Covered has you, well, covered.
4069 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Store Hours: Mon-Sun 10:30a-7:30p
Last, but certainly not least, is Sugarfina. Home to the “bento box” of candy, Sugarfina sells imported candy that has a very real element of luxury to it. Their online shop gives you the option of curating your own bento box and having it shipped anywhere. Besides, any candy store that sells chocolate bacon toffee is probably doing something right.
272 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Store Hours: Mon- Sat 10am – 8pm, Sun: 12pm – 5pm
What did you love? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments! Now we’re off to satisfy the sweet tooth that putting this piece together provoked *
About the Author // Eliza Dropkin is the newest member of Vantigo. She enjoys live music, good food, and cruising around town in Jerry (the other newest member of Vantigo).