From truffles to bonbons to fondue, Canada’s capital is home to some serious confection. And in a world where options for ordinary chocolate abound, going beyond department store chocolates is sure to make your sweetheart melt. We left no truffle unturned in finding the best and most unique chocolates and sweets in Ottawa, and here’s where to find them.
1224 Wellington St W
Stubbe Chocolates is a shop that has been making fine chocolates in Ottawa for over 100 years, and is home to Ottawa’s Master Chocolatier. Their fine chocolate truffles, bars and cakes are for the traditional chocolate-lover. Located in Wellington West, their decadent gifts are a one-of- a-kind luxury.
La Maison Du Kouign-Amann
101 A Schneider RD
This not-so-little gem of a bakery is guaranteed to give you variety in all things sweets. Here you will find fine chocolates, cakes, tartes, and their famous Kouign-Amann (pronounced queen a-mahn) – a flakey pastry with layers of butter and sugar that caramelizes when baked. The speciality of the house, these little treats have been crowned “the fattiest pastry in all of Europe” by the New York Times, and they have a taste to match. Other standout menu items include their triple chocolate cake or baby truffle cake. Located in the west end, this modern and friendly bakery has something for everyone.
829 Bank Street
You won’t find chocolate like this anywhere else in the world. How do we know? Because Alicja Confections makes it their mission to create the funkiest of flavours, self-proclaimed ‘weird’ combinations that make perfectly unique presents. Their signature product is the Postcard Chocolate Bar, ready-to-mail bars that are (you guessed it) the size of a postcard, perfect for that long-distance boo. For the non-traditional romantic, standout menu items include the Ramen Bowl Bar, featuring dried ramen, or Nicolas Bar – with potato chips mixed in. There’s even a Wasabi Bar. For the less daring, Strawberry Blonde, Champagne or Dark Chocolate bars might do the trick.
Kanata, Nepean and Orleans
If you have an extreme chocolate lover on your hands, and you haven’t been to Chocolats Favoris, you need to plan a trip after lockdown. This Canadian company has turned the idea of a chocolate shop on its head. Inside, you will find a huge selection of chocolates and coated treats, but their star product is their fondues; 12 unique flavours of chocolate, warm and ready to be coated onto anything—including their in-house ice-cream—or canned to take home for later. The store itself is an experience as you sample their array of fondue chocolates, ranging from Chocolate Hazelnut to Cookies & Cream, to 75% Cocoa. There are three locations in Ottawa (and their Orleans location is on Uber Eats!).
Rocky Mountain Chocolate
55 Byward Market Square
You will easily recognize this chocolatier, found right in the heart of the Byward Market. Rocky Mountain is a Canadian company known for their chocolate covered candy apples, and their large variety of barks, truffles, and smaller chocolates. They also have a great selection of no sugar-added chocolates, ideal for diabetics and low-carb dieters. Standout menu items include their ‘Famous Apples’; a chocolate-dipped apple with everything from cookies and cream, apple pie, and almond coverings.