Socola Chocolatier + Barista
535 Folsom St., SOMA, San Francisco
South Asian Fun
Socola Chocolatier + Barista is the newest chocolate café in SFBA, but the business has been around for years. The café opened just in time for Valentine’s Day, 2014, but Socola was started in 2001 by sisters Wendy and Susan Lieu, when they were both still teenagers.
Socola means chocolate in Vietnamese, and Socola chocolates exhibit a unique south Asian twist (Sriracha sauce, durian, tamarind, passion fruit, Vietnamese coffee) plus Wendy and Susan’s sense of humor that you can see in their mascot (Harriet the flying alpaca), the silly names of some of their chocolates (Give it to me Guava, Burnt Baby Burnt), and their marketing.
The café is located in the rapidly developing Rincon Hill area south of Market St. The space is very attractive and cozy. There are a couple of tables and comfy chairs, and a window counter so you can watch the area’s transformation.
Start your chocolate tour here with breakfast here because they open at 7 weekdays and 9 on Saturday. They have some of the most generous hours of our local chocolatiers. And they have real French pastries from Patisserie Phillippe including the Guassant, an exclusive pastry created for Socola which is a croissant with guava filling.
Read more on CBTB:
- Good for you
- A spoonful of chocolate helps the medicine go down
- A place for everything and everything…
- The just-right salon
- A shop for Socola
- Socola sisters: the new Lucy & Ethel?
- 2013 Chocolate Salon: More than I could handle
- Lots of love at SF’s Chocolate Salon
- Chocolate cliffhanger
- Shock & Awe at the 2011 SF Chocolate Salon
- Not sold in stores!