Koko Monk

Chocolate

in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Expect to be greeted as soon as you step inside this white-walled little chocolate-shop-and-cafe combo, specializing in raw chocolate with sophisticated, complex flavors. Pick up a few bars for sweet-tooth friends back home, but be sure to try some of the colorful individual bonbons as well. Pastries and a lip-smacking hot chocolate menu add to the proceedings.

If you're shopping for a die-hard chocaholic, create your own selection box of eclectic small treats; we especially like the sour cherry First Kiss and cheese-and-pear Blue Moon. The original (and smaller) Koko Monk is also in Kits, at 1849 W 1st Ave.