Cookies and milk. Gin and tonic. Nutella and Spoons. Some things are just made for each other, and in our eyes Winter and Chocolate are the perfect match. Whether it’s in the form of a hot chocolate scalding the tongue, a cheeky box of handmade belgian treats or a more-ish pastry bursting with sugar laden loveliness, here’s our pick for chocolate in Melbourne:
Servicing the sweet tooths of St Kilda since 2003, Cacao has created a CBD lab to take chocolate love to the next level. With their full range of more-ish treats. Infamous for their decadent éclairs, pastries and handmade chocolates, enjoy an old school treat in their futuristic setting in the heart of the city
Where: Drivers Lane, City. Also available in Highpoint and St Kilda.
If you’ve ever snaffled up one of Pana’s blocks from your local health food store or grocer, rejoice – Pana’s flagship store in the heart of Richmond is here to serve you even more vegan friendly delights. Expanding from their winning blocks with flavours like goji berry, sour cherry and coconut, delight in good-for-you desserts like the Vespa Wheel (A wagon wheel made friendly), peanut butter cups and a bevvy of delicious cheesecakes. Their vegan hot chocolates also make for a fabulous treat without the usual heaviness of a traditional sugar and milk filled mug. Delish.
Where: 491 Church St, Richmond.
If you’ve had a hot chocolate at any trendy café, there is a high chance it was a Mork hot chocolate. Trained chocolatier Josefin Zernell and partner Kiril Shaginov meld together their incredibly chocolate blend to create the ultimate destination for your sweet tooth. The Mork Chocolate Brew house devotes itself to hot chocolate in winter and iced chocolates in Summer, with their modern presentations of the humble chocolate begging for an Instagram snap.
Where: Mork Chocolate Brew House, 150 Errol St, North Melbourne
Get back to the true roots of cacao with Xocolatl (Pronounced Sho-ko-lat-l), named after the Aztec word for Chocolate and repping the original source of the cacao bean. Xocolatl combines the traditional with the straight up weird, offering alluring combinations such as basil champagne, chilli toffee and their famous balsamic strawberry. Pick up a box of handmade Belgium chocolates for now, and a couple of blocks for later – you won’t be disappointed!
Where: 11 Strathalbyn St, Kew East
Burch & Purchese
Dubbed the “hallway of treats” (by me – Who used to live dangerously close to B&P), Burch and Purchese’s South Yarra Store has something for everyone. Chocopops are a fun favourite, as well as their zingy lemon tarts and incredible bespoke cakes. Their seasonal tubular “cakes” that look more like works of art wrapped tidily in their famous cake boxes are worth it just for the instagram pics.
Where: Burch & Purchese, 647 Chapel Street, South Yarra.
Chocoholic Tours Melbourne
If this list has left you confused, bereft and hungry, look no further than Melbourne’s famous Chocoholic tours to organise your sweet needs in the convenience of a few city blocks. Starting in the picturesque Block Arcade, Chocoholic tour’s “Chocolate Lanes and Arcades” tour is a two and a half hour trip through some of Melbournes most beautiful spots, combining tastings, morning or afternoon tea with hidden hot spots and sight seeing.
Details: Choose your perfect Melbourne chocolate tour here