Before the invention of candy, mankind had to make do with "nature's candy"—fermented cabbage, fruit the monkeys didn't want, and live, feather-covered Peeps. Celebrate man's triumph over nature with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $20 worth of rare British and European sweets at Fiona's Sweetshoppe, a fairytale fantasy of a candy store in Union Square.
Fiona's Sweetshoppe's eponymous expat owner, Fiona Frie, scours the sugary terrain of England and Scotland along with her father in search of the sweetest creations, tastiest Valentine's Day treats, and rarest Pog collections. Children and adults drool, ardently yearning for Fiona’s Sweetshoppe's rare and delicious coconut mushrooms, cola cubes, peppermint creams, gobstopping gingers, rich treacle toffee, and the rest of the extraordinary treats stocked in clear jars lining the walls of the cozy little shoppe (bulk candy can be purchased for $9 per 1/2 lb). There are nuts, fudge, old-fashioned lollipops, 15 types of black licorice, and plenty of hard candies (a British staple). Many of Fiona's Sweetshoppe’s products are homemade confections from tiny English and Scottish shops that needed special FDA approval for their extreme bliss-inducing ingredients. Since Fiona's Sweetshoppe is family owned and operated, the crackerjack staff is as sweet as the store's 140–200 different kinds of confections.
- Peer through the windows of Fiona's Sweetshoppe on Sutter Street and you'll see 200 jars filled with glittering orbs in every imaginable color - sherbet oranges, lemon fizzes, white humbugs and even flying saucers in several pastel shades. This whimsical list might be unfamiliar to many Americans, but they're just a few of the British candies in the comprehensive collection of an expat Englishwoman. – Jane Tunks, San Francisco Chronicle
- Nestled in Union Square on Sutter st. Fiona's Sweet Shoppe is busting with large glass jars of licorice, lemon drops and toffee. Fiona's specializes in treats that would tickle Willy Wonka like Humbugs, sherbets, Licorice brooms, and Gobstopping Gingers...The lovely girl behind the glass counter suggested in an enchanting British accent that I try the chocolate covered licorice. Delightfully dark chocolate melts over the salty black licorice. – E, All Sugared Up
An MD is one of the last people you’d expect to harbor a candy obsession. But Dr. Fiona of Fiona’s Sweetshoppe wholeheartedly embraces hers. When she relocated from the UK in 2005, Fiona couldn’t shake cravings for some of her homeland’s signature sweets—the same condition that drove colonial settlers to revolution. She finally silenced them by opening her own shop of British and European favorites. Fiona’s Sweetshoppe stocks candy beloved by children across the pond, from British toffee and Cadbury chocolate to gummy frogs and cola cubes, a cola-flavored hard candy. For those who can resist devouring their treats immediately, a variety of fanciful bags, tubes, boxes, and tins adorned with feminine flowers and enchanting stars line the shelves to package sugary gifts for friends, family, and recovering nutritionists.
214 Sutter St.
San Francisco, California 94108Get Directions