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Fran's Chocolates, Seattle

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Dedicated to preserving the pure, clean flavor of chocolate, Fran Bigelow is renowned for creating intense chocolate notes with a seductive texture. Her mastery of chocolate allows her to bring out its depth and complexity by building layers of flavor that heighten the experience.

In 1982, Fran introduced the artisan chocolate experience to consumers when she opened her European-style chocolate shop in Seattle, Washington. Created as a place to showcase her sublimely rich desserts, Fran also offered caramels and truffles, which quickly captured the favor of her customers and became her signature confections.

Fran maintains the flavor and quality of her chocolates through small batch production and by selecting the finest, and when possible, local and organic ingredients. For her couverture she selects the highest quality cacao available from regions such as Venezuela, Madagascar, and Ecuador.

Retail Locations

Georgetown

5900 Airport Way S

206.322.0233

Monday-Saturday| 10am-6pm

Sunday | Closed

Downtown

1st Ave & Union St

206.682.0168

Monday-Saturday | 9:30am-7:30pm

Sunday | 11am-6pm

University Village

2626 NE University Village St

206.528.9969

Monday-Saturday | 9:30am-9pm

Sunday | 11am-6pm

Bellevue

10036 Main St

425.453.1698

Monday-Saturday | 10am-6:30pm

Sunday | 11am-6pm
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  • Friends in Seattle gave our Mom's Fran's salted caramels a few years back. My Mom has been trying to find the same flavor in other caramels since--But nothing compares to Frans. So, had to pick some u...  more »
  • Best chocolate and incredibly friendly staff. Love that it is located in the 4 Seasons, our favorite hotel when visiting Seattle.  more »
  • Friendly staff - helped me ship some chocolates to a family member. Just tried a couple items (dark chocolate salted caramel and dark chocolate ginger, and something with almonds), all delicious, defi...  more »
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  • This is definitely one of my favorite chocolate shops ever!! Love love love the dark chocolate with sea salt, and dark espresso. Would like to order online, but I wish they charge less for shipping. Such a delightful feeling when the chocolate melts in your mouth lol.
  • Excellent service! I came in for some tea and one caramel while I was waiting for a meeting, but they were out of the tea I wanted, so the server gave me a Gold Bar worth nearly as much as my entire original order. I also love how much the employees know about the products. This is a great place to go for an authentic Seattle gift to send an out-of-towner.
  • Ordered for my mom in Florida and Fran's took the initiative to check the weather and realizing how hot it will be they offered to ship it faster and packed in gel ice packs at their own expense. Impressive initiative, thoughtfulness and care, I will recommend this place to anyone!
  • You get a free taste just for walking in, then you feel like I should buy something, 3 truffles and $10 later your just not sure what happened. But it is really good chocolate so there's that.
  • The chocolate here is definitely worth the visit. Sure it may seem a little pricey, but ask any employee where the ingredients are sourced and you'll find that Fran's only uses the best ingredients in their chocolate. I love grabbing a latte and a few pieces to sit down with and enjoy, or getting a small box to take into a late night show downtown. They also sell a great selection of port if you're trying to make a good impression at a social gathering or date night. P.S. If you have 10 minutes to spare ask an employee to share the Fran's Story with you.