Top Portland Chocolate Shops To Soothe Your Sweet Tooth

Indulge in Portland's finest chocolates: A taste of three artisanal chocolate companies in the Pacific Northwest.

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Sometimes nothing but a little sweet something will do. Maybe it’s a birthday, anniversary or holiday gift you’re searching for. Maybe it’s a truce offering to get you out of the doghouse. Or maybe there’s no reason at all…you just need some good chocolate. Whatever the motivation, here’s a few of the best Portland chocolate shops that will satisfy that craving and help you support sustainability. Experience a decadent tasting to discover the richness and depth of Portland’s chocolate culture.

Creo Chocolate

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Wall of deliciousness at Creo Chocolate. Image: Courtesy Andrea Vorvick

Who knew heaven could be found on a busy stretch of NE Broadway? Yes, at Creo Chocolate. This family-owned, small-batch operation is a true bean to bar chocolatier.  Sustainability and ethical practices are the core foundation for sourcing their cacao beans direct from Equadoran farms with whom they have established relationships.

The roasting occurs at their Portland location where their signature sweets, including a selection of chocolate bars, caramels, sipping chocolate, brittle, chocolate-covered fruits fill the rustic displays. Flavors range from the unusual (Candy Cap Mushroom, Yuzu Gimlet, Vietnamese Iced Coffee) to the classics (Coconut Almond, Peanut Butter Dark, Dulce de Leche). When you visit, build your own box of sublime truffles from the display case, or shop online for direct shipping.

Creo Chocolate has earned recognition with more than 100 honors since 2017, including finalist status by Good Food Foundation Awards in 2022 and 2023. Open for in-store purchases and online ordering.

Getting there: 122 NE Broadway, Portland

Woodblock Chocolate 

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Woodblock chocolate display. Image: Courtesy Andrea Vorvick

Nestled in a quiet block off NE Broadway is Woodblock Chocolate, a small shop owned by Jessica and Charley Wheelock. Here the entire magical chocolate-making process happens in-house behind the large glass windows that frame their Manufactory. Offerings include their Signature Double Origin bar, in addition to single origin chocolate bars from exotic places like Tanzania, Madagascar, Ecuador, and Peru, and a few flavored varieties (Coffee Milk, Dark Milk, Toasted Sesame). The 10-Bar Assortment — their most popular item — is a great way to taste the flavor nuances of the different chocolates.

Don’t miss their exotic tasting room, Bon Amis, a collaborative space with Brooks Wine that presents worldly chocolate and wine pairings to  adventurous palates. Recent pourings included Brooks’ 2018 Cahiers Riesling, their 2018 Rastaban Pinot and their outstanding 2016 Extended Tirage Sparkling Riesling. All expertly matched to a variety of Woodblock’s artisanal chocolates. Also open for in-store shopping and online ordering.

Getting there: 1715 NE 17th Avenue, Portland

A Yen for Chocolate

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Image courtesy A Yen for Chocolate.

Mark Fridays on your calendar. That is the one day of the week that chocolatier Cristina Yen, founder and owner of A Yen For Chocolate, opens her shop to reveal her magic-filled chocolates to customers eager for a one-of-a-kind experience. Following a childhood traveling the world with her military family and a corporate finance career, Yen found her passion in chocolate as a sweet connector between people. Hers is a one-woman business making evocative versions of bon bons without comparison.

Not inclined to the ordinary, Yen mirrors each season in high-fashion morsels defined by fillings with tastebud surprises and artful, colorful handpainted designs that hold the eye. Imagine fresh fruit-forward layers of flavor, like Cranberry & Orange Blossom Water, Salted Caramel with Green Apple Ganache, or perhaps Almond Butter and Cherry, all enrobed in fine chocolate.  Dare, double dare you, to leave with just one. Custom orders available.

Getting there: 915 NW 19th Ave, Ste B, Portland

Portland’s chocolate scene is filled with hidden gems and tantalizing treats. From the innovative flavors at A Yen for Chocolate to the sustainable practices at Woodblock Chocolate and the single-origin, direct trade cacao beans sourced from Ecuador at Creo Chocolate, these three chocolate shops offer something for every chocolate lover.

Editor’s note: Article originally published February 5, 2021. Updated with new content and images.

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