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.