The Chocolate Turtle

The Chocolate Turtle closed. In its place, you’ll find Hot Shot Bakery with delish, house-baked sweet treats as well as a breakfast and lunch menu (served most of the day). The owners of Chocolate Turtle have opened a place at the foot of the Vilano Bridge near Kingfish Grill called Dessert First Bistro. Definitely check them out! These ladies rock desserts!!

In the heart of historic St. Augustine, a quaint historic home is filled with chocolatey goodness. Cakes, tortes, cheesecakes and other decadent desserts fill the case and beckon passersby to stop & sit a spell in the air conditioned café or on one of their two patios.

Need more convincing? Check out their signature dessert, the Chocolate Turtle:

The Chocolate Turtle tastes as good as it looks.

My hubby and I ended up at The Chocolate Turtle one night after a stroll around town. Owners Lisa and Laura mentioned this was part of their vision for the dessert café- a hangout that is open late every night. While they offer craft beer and wine, you’ll find the ambiance more that of a coffee shop than a bar, setting this nighttime spot apart.

The front patio is a fun spot for people watching. Being directly on Cordova and next to Scarlett O’Hara’s, there is certainly plenty to see and hear! If you’re looking for a quieter, more romantic setting head to the back patio.

Inside, the air conditioning is quite alluring during the middle of a hot day!!

Lisa was quick to point out their vegan and gluten free options- The Chocolate Turtle blows dietary restrictions out of the water. Their in-house pastry chef dreams up all kinds of amazing treats in the kitchen upstairs. I tried the GF Flourless Torte:

In addition to all their dessert options, The Chocolate Turtle offers an artisan cheese plate and locally roasted coffee. I love how they’re supporting locals- they source their cheeses & wines from a local gourmet shop, too! I’ve heard rumors of some not-as-sweet baked goodies earlier in the day to appeal to the breakfast crowd as well.

While I’m still a die-hard Kookaburra Coffee fan for my lattes, I absolutely adore the late-night-dessert concept at The Chocolate Turtle. These local ladies have dreamed up a great addition to the heart of historic St. Augustine and I plan to enjoy many sweet nights out on their back patio! See ya there!

Laura and Lisa, owners of The Chocolate Turtle, have dreamed up the perfect Cafe for downtown St. Augustine!

The Chocolate Turtle
Closed. See the note at the top of this post for alternatives.


  1. Teresa Poston says

    Another “sweet” place to try. Will be there in 3 weeks. And I’m still bringing you some Dinstuhls chocolate from Memphis.

  2. unseeliepixie says

    You had me at “artisan cheese plate.”

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