Chocolate is good for the heart, both figuratively and literally speaking. With countless variations of the sweet, dark, rich, creamy, nutty and mousse-filled, there’s got to be something for everyone. Instead of picking up a candy bar the local grocery store, stop in a specialty chocolate store.

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Artisan Confections
1025 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201

Nestled in the vibrant section of Clarendon in Arlington, Artisan Confections is all about chocolate. The specialty store offers nothing else – just chocolate. Artisan Confections is an independent operation with only two chocolatiers. Chocolate is confected to perfection and most is gluten free. Customers can choose chocolate to assort in four box sizes: four pieces, nine pieces, 15 pieces and 30 pieces. Some flavors are offered year round, while others are seasonal and limited. The store is closed on Sunday and Monday.

Chocolate Chocolate
1130 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Founded in the 80s by a pair of chocolate-obsessed sisters, this shop offers novelty items like a solid white chocolate Washington Monument and a solid milk chocolate Capitol dome, and more standard items like truffles, boxes of assorted confections and gourmet nuts.

Chocolate Moose
1743 L St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

Although primarily known as an ideal gift shop, Chocolate Moose, over three decades old, also offers delectable confections. Most items are sold as sets or boxes, like Leonidas Belgian chocolates, walnut caramel clusters and pre-wrapped candies. The treats serve as a lovely pick-me-up while shopping in a quirky store with tons to look at. You can also order chocolate online – even by the pound.

1904 18th St. N.W.
Washington DC, 20009

COCOVA is a tasting room and boutique store where you can experience over 300 unique chocolate bars and confections from artisan chocolate makers and chocolatiers from all corners of the world.

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3235 P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 465-4368

There are two Fleurir locations, one in Alexandria and one in D.C. near Georgetown. Each chocolate is handmade and customers are welcome to try samples before ordering. Popular choices are the bacon-flavored chocolates and salted caramels. The pre-packed chocolates make excellent gifts. Chocolate bars are available by region, distinctive by the origin of contents. View all chocolate flavors on Fleurir’s interactive website.

Locolat Cafe
1781 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009

This Adams Morgan café is small, quaint and even reasonably priced. Ingredients are fresh and high quality, creating delicious truffles, candies and bars. Chocolates are not only tasty but also easy on the eye. They are expertly crafted bite-size works of art. Interesting flavors and items include banana chocolate candy, lime chocolates, lavender chocolate and marzipan chocolates. Customers also rave about the hot chocolate and espresso drinks, in which there are gourmet chocolates melted in each drink.

Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at