New Californian confectioner Milla Chocolates is raising the bar

The exterior of the Milla Chocolates building in Culver City, California
Lauded chocolatier Christine Sull Sarioz opens Milla Chocolates in Culver City, California, combining Bauhaus-informed interiors with her award-winning confections
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Founded by celebrated chocolatier Christine Sull Sarioz, Milla Chocolates recently opened a cutting-edge confectionery shop on Venice Boulevard in Culver City, California. The stylised store front offers a sweets boutique and café that pours a specialty brew by Coffee Manufactory and loose-leaf teas from Spirit Tea. The geometric shaped chocolate bars and bon bons are all made in house behind a translucent wall.

Sull Sarioz combines her background in fine and decorative arts – she worked at Sotheby’s and The Whitney – with her passion for all things chocolate and its precise execution. The stores’ Bauhaus aesthetic was curated by creative director Goktug Sarioz and reads more like a jewellery boutique meets art gallery. It comes complete with a custom Bang & Olufsen speaker on one of the entrance walls, replicating one of the multi-layered bars.

Inerior of the store featuring dark green walls and beige concrete floor. Display of Milla Chocolates hazelnut coffee truffles on multiple levels shelf against blurred glass. A display of bon bons on a marble top island with wood base.

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The minimalist cases feature an array of gold-dusted individual chocolates that range from Champagne to Kir Royale and Manhattan cocktail flavoured, along with Sull Sarioz’s best-selling and award-winning hazelnut Praliné bars – one version features Turkish coffee – and chocolate covered caramelised almonds with bourbon sea salt or raspberry and pink sea salt. If you’re buying a gift or taking the goods to go, the matt black packaging and gilt detailing will be a welcome standout at any soirée.

Sull Sarioz was announced as a Five Star Awards Master Chocolatier by the International Chocolate Salon, and was recently awarded Silver at the International Chocolate Awards in 2018 for her Blood Orange Bar, Black Sesame Caramel Bon Bon and Bronze for the Hazelnut Bon Bon.

Half open box of Milla Chocolates Large Bon Bon photographed against a black background

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Milla Chocolates hazelnut coffee truffles in 3 different sizes of clear containers photographed against a black background

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Milla Chocolates hazelnut praline bar (one gift wrapped and one open bar) photographed against a black background

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For more information, visit the Milla Chocolates website


9414 Venice Boulevard
Culver City
CA 90232


Carole Dixon is a prolific lifestyle writer-editor currently based in Los Angeles. As a Wallpaper* contributor since 2004, she covers travel, architecture, art, fashion, food, design, beauty, and culture for the magazine and online, and was formerly the LA City editor for the Wallpaper* City Guides to Los Angeles.