If you’re looking for the perfect excuse to check out the new Mid-Market Twitter building with the kids in tow, look no further than Nuubia San Francisco. Every ingredient, from the chocolate to the hazelnuts to the packaging, is made with humanely-sourced, wildlife friendly ingredients. It’s what happens when a lifelong conservationists meets a world-renowned, master chocolatier.
Located in the southeast corner of the The Market you can’t miss the open-air shop, with its polished brass and earthy colors. If you can’t decide between one of the 18 delicious bon bon flavors you can ask for a sample. For total indulgence try the Fleur de Cao, a shimmering red dome laced with gold that takes three days to create (but only moments to consume).
Kids will adore the Silken Honey Ganache which is made from honey harvested from the rooftop bees that call Nob Hill’s iconic Fairmont Hotel home. The chocolate is not overly sweet, and you can feel good about what’s going into those little tummies: all the ingredients are pure and free of unnecessary additives and artificial flavors.
Coffee with Cream
Moms and dads can sidle up to the bar for a coffee drink and a truffle or two (or three) while the kids get busy with a dish of ice cream with unique toppings like mini-macarons, and, please, don’t skip the whipped cream. It’s the real deal, contains no sugar, and is as thick and creamy as the ice cream itself.
You’ll also find here fresh macarons and a wide assortment of other finely crafted sweets.Hand select a fancy box to send to grandma, or your BFF that sat with your kids so you could make that working lunch. Standouts include the salted caramel spread (yes, spread) and the OMG candy bar.
What do Orangutans and chocolate have to do with each other? Proprietor and long-time conservationist Alexandra Saunders knows that one of the world’s sweetest treats is actually contributing to the destruction of native habitats around the world. All Nuubia confections are 100% palm oil free: a sneaky ingredient that appears in most chocolate bars and a host of other foods. Palm oil production, which is high demand, requires the slash and burn technique of jungles (yes, it’s still happening) including that of the orangutan. Nuubia is the first chocolatier to not only refuse to use palm oil, but to insure that what they make has no negative impact on the rainforests of the world. They’ve even launched the Chocolate Wildlife Project which provides farmers with a viable source of income: Nuubia purchases their chocolate and ingredients directly from farmers who learn to produce sustainable, habitat-friendly crops.
The bonbons are made from a selection of 26 different chocolates, handcrafted in the Pleasanton kitchen by award-winning and world renowned chocolatier, Lionel Clement. There’s a wide array of grab and go gift items at their retail shop as well, so the next time you’re invited to a dinner/play date/book club make a stop here and you will literally stun your friends.
1355 Market St.
San Francisco, Ca 94103
Open daily 10 a.m.-10 pm.
Have you tried Nuubia yet? What’s your favorite treat there?
All photos by Christal Yuen