Organic, ethically harvested ingredients. Single-origin cacao beans. Zero emulsifiers or artificial flavors, and less sugar. These are the building blocks for the top-shelf, artisan sweets crafted by the team at River-Sea Chocolates. Located in Chantilly, just moments from Lakeside Apartments in Centreville, this locally owned, cocoa-centric venue works overtime as a chocolate factory and a cafe.

Stop in seven days a week to sip a gourmet hot chocolate at the aptly named Liquid Chocolate Cafe. In an open, warehouse-style environment, the cocoa experts at River-Sea serve up a variety of coffees and cacao-brewed drinks, the latter of which can be customized with marshmallows, whipped cream, and more from the dressings bar. While in the cafe, pick up a few classic dark chocolate bars, featuring cacao beans from all over the world, to enjoy back at your apartment. Rather make a day of it? River-Sea also hosts chocolate factory tours and tastings, so you can try your hand at designing your own chocolate bar (or bombs) and sample the factory’s array of single-origin chocolates.

Be sure to like the River-Sea Chocolates Facebook page to stay up to date on current events and specials!