The Museum of Chocolate is an ever evolving event venue and film location at 217 West 6th Street in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles.

Currently awaiting the completion of seismic upgrades before the installation of the comprehensive food & beverage facilities to complete the MOC concept, this remarkable ground floor space is located inside the Eshman Building, which was designed by Los Angeles architecture firm Morgan and Walls and originally constructed in 1898.

In the meantime, our online retail shop is open and offers a variety of MOC merchandise.

History of the Venue

In 1914, a developer was ready to promote what he hoped would be the latest trend: hot chocolate. To renovate the Eshman building, he commissioned the Los Angeles architecture firm of Plummer and Feil, who suggested that Ernest Batchelder redo the ground-floor interior of what would become the Chocolate Shop (now referred to as the Dutch Chocolate Shoppe).

Ernest Batchelder had been producing handcrafted tiles in a single kiln from the backyard of his Pasadena home. The Chocolate Shop installation was one of his first large commercial commissions. Batchelder modeled the interior after a German “bierstube” (beer hall) with charming arches and groin-vaulted ceilings. Set into the rounded panels are 21 bas-relief scenes of Dutch life, enhanced by decorative tiles throughout. Batchelder’s work would later appear in projects by Pasadena architects Greene and Greene and adorning fireplaces across the country.

While the Dutch Chocolate Shoppe had a short run, Finney’s Cafeteria had a long and loyal run in the space and was prominently featured in the 1980 film The Hunter starring Steve McQueen, Kathryn Harrold and Eli Wallach.

In 1995, specifically due to the original Earnest Batchelder’s tile installation from 1914, the space was declared Historic Cultural Monument #137 by the City of Los Angeles.

Recently, the venue was featured in Taylor Swift’s "Bad Blood" video featuring Kendrick Lamar and a Castle (ABC) episode entitled "GDS".