Desserts

Miami's Ten Best Chocolate Shops for Valentine's Day

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5. Ladurée
For the stylish and sophisticated valentine, Laduree macarons on Lincoln Road are the go-to edible gift. Straight from the city of love, these iconic, bite-sized treats are as beautiful as they are luscious and flavorful. Laduree's little  gems achieve both an airy texture and a deep richness that imitators just can’t touch and their French chocolate macarons are the ultimate gift for people of refinement and taste. Though its origins go back to 1862, the tearoom is still at the forefront of the sweet scene, and the limited-edition box with the words “I love you” ($25) is guaranteed to impress.

4. Beacon Hill Chocolates
A box of Godiva screams last-minute Barnes & Noble run, so avoid a disappointed frown and head to Beacon Hill Chocolates for a quick gift that still shows you care. Beacon Hill’s flagship Boston store has been the big name in New England chocolates for years, and just under a year ago, the brand opened it’s second location in our very own MiMo district. In addition to the classics, they also carry truffles in unique flavors for the more adventurous indulger, such as daring olive oil, bacon and Grey Goose. Plus, Beacon Hill has a variety of heart-shaped boxes, which we’re pretty sure have an 100-percent success rate with the ladies.

3. Cacao Art
Cacao Art is just what it sounds like: an elevation of cocoa desserts to a level of artistic achievement that can wow even the stuffiest of dates. Last year, their hand-made, Venezuelan truffles earned them two gold-level recognitions from the 2015 International Chocolate Awards. Now they’re partnering with print shop Letterpress Girls to offer a pre-Valentine’s Day sale on February 13, featuring a variety of packaged chocolates, hand-painted chocolate hearts, jewelry and greeting cards. It’s a one-stop destination for last-minute lovers to prep for the big day.

2. Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine
Just two years ago, restaurateurs and partners Cory Finot and Claude Postel of Buena Vista Deli and Buena Vista Bistro added a chocolate shop to their expanding brand. Like it’s counterparts, Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine has become a neighborhood favorite, so it’s the kind of place you can trust with a special occasion. Not to mention, the only thing better than the gift of chocolate is the gift of chocolate and wine. The knowledgeable folks at Buena Vista will help you pick the right bottle to pair with your chocolate selections while staying mindful of your price range.


1. Romanicos
Coral Gables' Romanicos is a powerhouse in Miami’s sugar scene and is hailed as the local shop of choice when it comes to chocolate. Whether you’re seeking traditional treats like bars and cocoa-coated truffles or colorful, artistic items like hand-painted bonbons or dessert sushi, this place has it all. Prices range from a $16 box of nine beautiful bonbons to a Bonini Balsamic Chocolate Kit for $115, but Romanicos is far from a stuffy chocolatier. They’re completely dedicated to making sure you pull off the perfect gift with stunners like pink champagne truffles and a variety of customization options.
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