Nothing says "self-love" quite like sitting down with a big mug of hot chocolate. Forget what you know about chocolate cafés: these three Melbourne brands are home to some of the finest cocoa bean creations this side of Belgium. Make sure to pick up a block or two to take home.
At Monsieur Truffe, chocolate is made the old-fashioned way: by hand. Having begun as a one-man operation in 2006, the Melbourne company is now known for some of the best chocolate in Australia, made using all organic ingredients. At the East Brunswick headquarters, you can get a rustic feed and an award-winning hot chocolate while you watch products being made. Of course, you can also buy a range of chocolate goods.
The city's most beautiful shopping arcade—Victorian gem The Block Arcade—is also home to the flagship store of one of our finest chocolatiers. Founded in 1915, Haigh's is the oldest family-owned chocolate-maker in Australia. Their award-winning products are a combination of artisan skills, specialised chocolate-making techniques and high-quality ingredients, and range from traditional to experimental flavours.
Opened in November 2019, Koko Black's new Melbourne flagship in South Yarra is less café than it is a chocolate playground. Beneath its six-metre-high ceilings you'll find 42 varieties of praline; roughly 700 blocks of chocolate in 25 flavours; a Koko Chocolate Bar serving hot chocolates in classic Belgian, chilli, orange and mocha flavours; and a chocolate-oriented ice cream and gelato bar. If you feel like a palette-cleanser, there's also a notable menu of savoury café items.