Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 443 3900
Concierge.com's insider take:
The wine business has been cornered and premium coffee is old news,, so it was only a matter of time before Washingtonians found a new gourmet frontier to conquer: artisanal chocolate. This cheerful cacao purveyor offers one-stop sampling and shopping, with a dedicated section for each of the city's best chocolatiers. You'll find truffles, bonbons, bars, and bags of nib brittle from Fran's, Oh! Chocolate, Fiori, Chocolat Vitale, and Theo. (If you make it to Fremont don't miss a tour of Theo's tiny factory; 3400 Phinney; 206-632-5100; www.theochocolate.com.) There are a few café tables, and one length of the shop is devoted to serving hot chocolate, chocolate-drenched pastries, and gelato.
Open Sundays through Thursdays 10 am to 6 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 8 pm.