May 20, 2009 Leave a comment
It’s sad. Leonidas in Los Angeles, for the most part, was limited to a little shop in Larchmont Village. Then one day, they decided to make an aggressive move by opening up several “Leonidas Cafe” franchises in various places in Los Angeles. It was awesome; there were two Leonidas Cafes a couple minutes from where I live, one in Century City and the other on Beverly Drive. Blame the recession or what people may have deemed as an inferior product, but I found out late last month that BOTH locations closed down. I was sad. But the store on Larchmont is still around, just a simple little chocolate shop like it always was.
So what is Leonidas? It’s a Belgian brand of chocolates. Imported Belgian chocolate. Legit Belgian chocolate. I don’t go goo-goo-ga-ga over chocolates, or sweets in general, but I do prefer these over Godiva. They’re in the similar price range and I think Leonidas is a great alternative to Godiva. Comparisons are probably not a great way to highlight something, but that’s all I can do for now. I’ll just trust my choco-holic mom’s word when she says that Leonidas is better than Godiva.
And they make perfect gifts. Who doesn’t like chocolates? Excluding me of course.
Edit 11/15/09> This location is Leonidas no longer. They changed some month’s back to KC Chocolatier. It seems as if the owners are still the same. The chocolates are still Belgian. And business has picked up since the franchise switch.
Kim’s Chocolates (KC Chocolatier)
201 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004