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Fran's Chocolates - Downtown Seattle

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Address: 1325 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
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+1 800-422-3726
09:30 - 19:30
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 19:30

Fran Bigelow's passion for chocolates began with her first taste of French...

Fran Bigelow's passion for chocolates began with her first taste of French confections in 1969. The rich and delicate flavors captivated her senses unlike anything she had experienced.

In 1982, she opened Fran's Patisserie and Chocolate Specialties in Seattle, finding special satisfaction in sharing the pure joy of chocolates with her customers. Her pursuit of perfection led to intense, exquisite confections and earned Fran's a following that has never stopped frowning and has expanded to international recognition.

Devotion to furthering the art of chocolate is reflected in every recipe and method, and each confection is made in small batches with meticulous care and skill. Dedicated to partnering with producers who have strong ethical, social, and environmental standards, Fran's proudly creates handcrafted, artisan confections using Fairtrade and Organic ingredients.

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Delectable and worth a visit

Have been here many times over the past five or six years and it's always a destination for a bit of indulgence! It's a beautifully laid out store and you nearly always get a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
British Columbia Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been here many times over the past five or six years and it's always a destination for a bit of indulgence! It's a beautifully laid out store and you nearly always get a sample. We've enjoyed hot chocolate here in the past. As always we enjoyed the dark chocolate covered almonds. The dark chocolate covered apricot is nice and... More 

Thank JHarris_9
marin county
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found madagascar chocolate with 100% cacao for our daughter who cannot handle chocolate with sugar.

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Washington DC, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stopped by her after walking around pike's place market. I was disappointed by the staffs lack of knowledge about the chocolates (I like to know what type of chocolate (e.g. Brand and bar type) is used to make the truffles, but the two truffles I tried (grey salt caramel and dark chocolate truffle) were delicious.

Thank srussell3travel
Castle Rock, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

I can't believe I'd never been to Fran's chocolates before. We stopped in as tourists with our family and were offered a sample of dark chocolate covered caramel with smoked gray sea salt on top, and OMG, it was amazing! I went in with no intention to make a purchase and ended up leaving with a wonderful Christmas gift for... More 

Thank Louise M
Hell, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We saw the variety of chocolates Fran's had and bought some and they were very goid. Service was good but be forewarned that the chocolate is expensive

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great chocolate, especially the darkest, which is fruity with with an incredible mouth feel.. Nice people behind the counter, and the sample was a wonderful bonus.

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I was in a hurry to catch the ferry, but wanted to get some chocolate for my wife. I rush into the store and talk to the gentleman behind the counter. I say, "I have a budget of $20.00 and am in a hurry. What can I get?" He shows me a good package. I end up (not due to... More 

Thank JHMax1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

They have delicious chocolate! Definitely try the single malt whiskey. A 5-piece box only runs around $12 so it's totally worth it!

Thank Fran J
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

The only way to describe this place is, "Oh My God" this chocolate is incredible!!! We sampled three and purchased several and this chocolate will make your eyes roll back in your head!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

DO NOT go here TOO often!! it is addictive. The salted caramels are truly fabulous. The shop is cool and light and very attractive and connected to the Four Seasons hotel. Most days you get offered one free caramel, truly awful because once you have tasted one, you will buy some!


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