I experienced the Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream Shop as part of a Cannery Row Familiarization trip; however, all opinions are my own.

With so many different things to see and do while visiting Cannery Row it was impossible to do it all. But one amazing spot we got to check out was the Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream Shop in the Steinbeck Plaza. If you have a sweet tooth and love chocolate like I do, then the Ghirardelli Shop should be on your Cannery Row must-visit list.

Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream Shop, Monterey, CA

The smell of chocolate wafts out from the store drawing you in. Once there, you’re rewarded with colorful chocolates for sale. There are bulk chocolates, gifts, and souvenirs. 

Choose your favorites and head to the cashier or venture toward the back of the store where you’ll find an ice cream and soda fountain where ice cream concoctions are created. There’s also a small outdoor deck with a fantastic view of the water.

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There are many different flavors and types to choose from including Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Caramel, White Chocolate, Fruits, and Nuts. Plus they offer their “World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae” with its 880 calories (don’t look, just eat and enjoy!) and so much more. We ordered four different sundaes and shared them so that we got to taste a little bit of everything.

We chose to eat outside and were rewarded with a fantastic view. It was windy but warm and an incredible place to enjoy our sweet treats. The Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream Shop was one of my favorite stops and one I’ll repeat on my next trip to Monterey!

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Ghiradelli Chocolate History

For over 160 years, Ghirardelli has been a leading name in chocolate. In 1849, when the Gold Rush was in full swing, Italian Born Domingo Ghirardelli moved to America and set up his own general store in a mining camp. Before long he found that the miners were in need of little luxuries and wanted to spend their gold dust. It was then that Domingo began to stock his chocolate delicacies for the miners. After success in the mining camp, Domingo founded his own confectionery shop in San Francisco which we know today as the ever popular Ghirardelli Chocolate Company.

Find out more about Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream online and plan to enjoy a sweet treat the next time you’re in Monterey!