This past Sunday we visited Leonidas, a cute little chocolate shop and cafe nestled along the waterfront on Canada Place.
Leonidas is a Belgian chocolate company, with over 1400 sales locations spanning the globe. While we visited, we got to speak with the lovely co-owner Aisha, who told us about her family’s history in fine chocolates, which spans all the way back to the early 1900s.
This was called “Boho Secret,” a delicious peppermint infused hot chocolate, served with Leonidas Liege Waffle.
Dunk! The waffle tasted so decadent dipped in hot chocolate.
Jeremy ordered the “Jamaican Kiss,” a blend of milk chocolate, pineapple and coconut. This one was pretty wild, and is probably our number one pick for it’s inventive flavor pairing. It was served with a chocolate cheese cake square.
Aisha was so kind, and offered us this delectable selection of treats to try. We loved everything (except Adrian didn’t eat the Marzapan, which he refuses to eat).
There were a few notable stand-outs: the Myrtle macaron (above) — floral, not too sweet and very pretty; the fresh apple jelly — bright, juicy and slightly tart; and the white chocolate ganache with Cointreau — smooth, luxurious, with a kiss of orange Cointreau in the background.
Leonidas Waterfront imports all their chocolates and pastries fresh from Belgium, and their macarons made from a local “secret” baker.
We find a lot of macarons we’ve tried in this city to be a little too sweet, but not here. We really liked that Leonidas selection wasn’t so sugary.
Be sure to try a Liege waffle. Chewy, sweet and perfect paired with a hot chocolate.
Leonidas has a great retail line, with perfect gifts in time for Valentine’s Day. We loved the charming round gift boxes with pink ribbons.
While this is in a rather quiet area, we can easily see why customers would make it a destination spot. Leonidas has a warm and cozy charm, and offer an impressive selection of well-priced, high quality Belgian chocolates and desserts — as well as fantastic hot chocolates!
Next time you find yourself in the Waterfront area, take a walk down to the water along Canada Place, and pop into Leonidas for a little treat. You’ll be glad you did!