The best hot chocolates in town
You can't call yourself a true Melburnian until you've wolfed down the Italian-style hot chocolate at Brunetti's – an intensely sweet bowl of chocolate mud so dark its bordering on black and so thick you could stand a spoon in it.
Staff roast and winnow raw cacao at this chocolate factory, so no surprise the hot choc is a serious affair – served in an appropriately serious-looking terracotta vessel. If in doubt, go for the ultra-rich 70 per cent Monsieur Truffe couverture hot chocolate.
Home of the #HashHotChocolate, an Instagram-friendly beverage consisting of a flask of Mörk hot chocolate poured into a cup piled high with milk-flavoured fairy floss. When chocolate meets floss, the impressive white bouffant evaporates into the chocolate river.
This artisan chocolatier sticks the better part of a block of their finest dark choc into your mug here. And because it's winter, and why the hell not, they can whack in a good pinch of chilli to cut through the rich chocolate if you want. Hot in every sense of the word.
Get your hot chocolate the traditional Colombian way: served in a little jug, and then showered with crumbly queso. Yep, cheese in your chocolate. Don't think about it, just do it.
Maybe this is more your cup of tea...
Can we tempt you with a mini-cupcake while you decide from a list of 20 different varieties of tea? One of the best things about taking high tea is the undeniable feeling of old-world luxury – not to mention justifying a meal of comprised mainly of cakes.