Knowing the best chocolatiers in Portugal is a suggestion to make your mouth water. Artisanal cocoa production, from different origins, is the hallmark of these emblematic shops. Follow the itinerary proposed by All About Portugal and get to know where to buy and savour the best handmade artisanal chocolates, with tradition in the mix. There are options of different flavours and sizes, from succulent bonbons to tasty chocolate bars, which you may or may not want to share.
Chocolate com Pimenta, Vila Verde
Located in the heart of Minho, a few miles from Braga, this artisanal chocolate shop is the delight of those looking for it. The chocolates are produced by the master chocolate maker Pedro Sousa, who uses original recipes and manual techniques. This space is among the best chocolatiers and is a place where customers can taste and purchase products such as bonbons, bars or "shards" and, at the same time, get to know the functioning of an artisanal chocolate factory.
Chocolataria Equador, Porto
Another essential name when it comes to the best chocolatiers, with artisanal chocolate production. Created in 2009, Chocolataria Equador works in partnership with Cacao Equador - Roça de Santo António, which maintains deep connections to São Tomé and Príncipe, to guarantee the most appropriate practices in the chocolate transformation process, since its planting. It has shops in the main cities of the country such as Porto, the first to be born, Lisbon, Braga, and Coimbra.
Maria Chocolate, Vila Nova de Gaia
Since 2013, this registered brand of artisanal chocolates has sweetened the mouth of those who pass by. The factory and showroom are in Serzedo, but there are several points of sale around the country, where you can buy a wide range of 100% handmade products. All the delicacies are made by the confectioner chef Fernando Monteiro, from artisan chocolates to truffles, tablets of different colours and flavours, chocolate hearts or brigadeiros, the most traditional or to be savoured by the spoon.
Feitoria do Cacao, Aveiro
This project, developed by a Portuguese woman and a Japanese woman, is, according to those responsible, the first chocolate factory “bean to bar”, to be created in Portugal. This means that they produce chocolate in small batches, from the fruit of the cocoa bean to the final tablet, which allows a better absorption of all aromas and flavours. With a place among the best national chocolate shops, Feitoria do Cacao has been distinguished, since 2017, in several international competitions in the sector.
Bombons Amor-Perfeito, Ílhavo
Without a shop open to the public, this artisanal chocolate workshop, created by entrepreneur Armanda Lourenço in 2012, produces to order, preparing chocolates in different shapes and flavours. The artisanal production method combined with the absence of artificial products and quality chocolate are the basis of the success of the delicacies made at Amor-Perfeito, be it chocolates or other original creations such as tablets or sculptures.
Bettina & Niccòlo Corallo, Lisboa
Located in the neighbourhood of Príncipe Real, this space is a sure presence among the best chocolatiers in the Portuguese capital and in Portugal, whether for its artisanal chocolates or for the coffee, which is also highly sought-after and appreciated. There are many combinations to savour and all chocolates are made with 70 to 100 percent pure cocoa, from such diverse backgrounds as Venezuela or Ghana. Let yourself be tempted and try the hot chocolate and brownies.
Chocolates de Beatriz, Odemira
In 2010, an Argentine woman, born in a city with tradition in the production of artisanal chocolate, chose the Alentejo village of Odemira to open a small chocolate shop. The quality and flavour of the handmade chocolates made by Beatriz have captivated customers from different origins. So much so that, in 2017, she opened another shop in Faro. Only quality raw ingredients are used, without the use of flavourings or dyes. There are also brownies and hot chocolate.