Mini eggs, rabbits and hot cross buns at Belle Fleur. (©Belle Fleur)
If you have a sweet tooth, Sydney’s got you covered. These delicious stores serve up chocolate year-round, and you can happily indulge in one of everything, completely guilt-free.
The Coco Chocolate shop in harbourside Kirribilli is owned and operated by Sydney local Rebecca Kerswell, who travelled to Europe to train as a chocolatier at the prestigious school Valrhona in France. Coco Chocolate specialises in handmade, graded organic chocolate of the finest quality. Created by hand at the nearby Coco Chocolate Studio using high cacao content, quality cacao butter and real vanilla, Coco Chocolate is gluten free and all dark chocolate is vegan.
Coco Chocolate is well known for beautiful packaging and artistic collaborations, including its official May Gibbs Collection, which features a mix of white, milk, dark and mixed chocolates with official May Gibbs artworks printed on cocoa butter on top of each chocolate. Drop by the Kirribilli store and try one of its famous hot chocolates (if you’re feeling brave, ask for the chili flavour), or book a visit to the Coco Chocolate Studio, which is also home to the Sydney Chocolate School. Open on weekends by appointment between September and May, you can enjoy sweet treats, high teas and champagne while overlooking the Sydney Harbour.
Just William Chocolates
Tucked away in a Darlinghurst side street, the tiny Just William Chocolate shop has been attracting the boutique shopping crowd with its high-quality chocolates and luxe gift boxes since opening in 1984. Company director Suzanne Francis comes from four generations of family in the chocolate making business, so is a seasoned expert at sourcing crowd favourite chocolates wrapped in distinctive packaging.
It’s hard to choose just a few from the extensive range of truffles, pralines, ganache, bombs, barks and buttons, but the animal shapes filled with a smooth textured ganache are always a winner. Our tip: try a mango penguin or raspberry platypus.
Josophan’s Fine Chocolates
Made using certified Fair Trade chocolate and fresh flavours in the heart of the Blue Mountains, Josophan’s is known for its fine, beautiful chocolates with no preservatives or artificial flavours. While the chocolates are handmade in Leura, the chocolates are available both in the Blue Mountains boutique and production facility, as well as its shop in Sydney’s CBD.
On Rozelle’s busy Darling Street, Belle Fleur lures chocolate lovers in droves with creative window displays made completely out of chocolate. After 30 years in the chocolate-making business in Australia, this fourth-generation chocolate maker knows what people like when it comes to the sweet stuff. Exquisite chocolates are handmade daily using Belgian couverture and fresh local dairy, and reflect Australia’s adventurous taste palate.
As well as traditional truffles you’ll find flavours such as yuzu, which uses the Japanese citrus fruit, and wattleseed, which has finely crushed native wattle seeds as an ingredient. Explosion is a favourite with the young at heart; exploding rock candy is hidden away inside.
Adora Handmade Chocolates
Famous for its award-winning butter truffles, Adora has a wide range of chocolates made from pure Callebaut, a fine grade of Belgium couverture chocolate, and King Island cream. As well as its delicious chocolates, Adora offers cakes and pastries baked in house by its pastry chefs, plus a range of biscuits, house-made gelato and sorbet and a great cup of coffee.
Two of Adora’s locations, Parramatta and Rose Bay, offer a high tea for $25pp, which includes savoury pastries and sweet treats with your choice of complimentary coffee, tea or pure couverture hot chocolate.
Tella Balls Dessert Bar
A Nutella-filled donut stuck on top of a Nutella milkshake catapulted Aki Daikos and Simon Kappatos into chocolate fame and led to the opening of their dessert bar, now open in Sydney’s Dulwich Hill and Entertainment Quarter.
Tella Balls Dessert Bar is the place for those who truly love sweet stuff—you’ll find daily-made goodies on the menu like Nutella cheesecake, Nutella waffles, Nutella kebabs, Nutella pizza, Nutella ice cream, tella balls, tella ball milkshakes and, you guessed it, even more Nutella.
Frock up for a fancy afternoon tea filled with chocolate at the Shangri-La Hotel. The Wickedly Sweet Chocolate Afternoon High Tea features three tiers of chocolate cake, macaroons, bavarois (it’s kind of like chocolate mousse) and brownies for $38pp (on weekdays).
Add a flute of Chandon NV Brut for an additional $7, or a glass of Veuve Clicquot, Brut Yellow Label French Champagne for an extra $20.