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The best hot chocolate in Melbourne

What better way to warm the cockles than with a rich, deep mug of hot chocolate?

The humble hot chocolate has come a long way from the days of Nestle powder. We're particularly spoiled here in Melbourne, with venues taking to mugs of gooey, molten chocolate with the same sort of all-consuming fixation usually applied to coffee. Head to one of these venues for Melbourne's best hot chocolate; or, if you're looking for other ways to escape the gloom, why not try Melbourne's best dumplings or pubs with fireplaces instead?

The best hot chocolates in town

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Brunetti

You can't call yourself a true Melbournian 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.

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Carlton
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East Elevation

They 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.

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Brunswick
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Hash Specialty Coffee and Roasters

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.

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Melbourne
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Koko Black

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.

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Melbourne
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Mörk Chocolate Brew House

Who says you can't take hot chocolates to the next level? Order the Campfire Chocolate at the Mörk’s concept store and you'll get a smoke-fogged stemless wine glass, served with a little beaker of hot chocolate, plus smoked salt and a toasted marshmallow. This is everything but classic.

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North Melbourne
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Seven Seeds

Uncaffeinated beverages are predictably as ace as the coffee at this specialist café. Not too big, not too sweet, the hot chocolate is made with Mörk cocoa and served with a thick bar of chocolate, which melts as you stir it in for an extra chocolatey boost.

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Melbourne
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Sonido

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.

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Fitzroy

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By: Time Out editors

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