This family-run shop and café offers new-school artisanal chocolate in the heart of Beverly Hills—and if the address looks familiar, it's because andSons is the former home of Teuscher, the beloved 90210 neighborhood coffee shop and purveyor of high-end Swiss chocolate. Now taken over by the sons of the original owner (hence the name), Marc and Phil Covitz's signature bonbons puts a global twist on traditional European ganache with flavor combinations like passion fruit caramel, double yuzu and pan de muerte. Of course, andSons still offers the old shopt's beloved truffles, as well as other familiar treats like salted caramels and chocolate-covered orange peels. Modernist gift boxes and collabs with local institutions like MOCA and the Huntington make for an elegant gift, even if it's just for yourself.
For thousands of years, humans have craved cacao-based treats and delicacies—the 16th-century European iteration of that being the chocolate most people in the United States know and love today. Whether you’re shopping for a gourmet holiday gift (always a delicious Valentine’s Day go-to) or just hoping to score a sweet treat of your own, these L.A. chocolate shops will be there to facilitate a sweet, dopamine-spiking reprieve from modern life.
And, you know, with the future of cacao uncertain amid the worsening climate crisis, an indulgent box of high-quality gourmet chocolate may soon be a rarity, so enjoy cacao-based sweets while you still can.