The best hot chocolate in Melbourne

What better way to warm the cockles than with a rich, deep mug of hot chocolate?
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By Time Out editors |
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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
Restaurants

Brunetti

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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.

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East Elevation
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East Elevation

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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.

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Hash Specialty Coffee and Roasters
Restaurants, Cafés

Hash Specialty Coffee and Roasters

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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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Koko Black

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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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Mörk Chocolate Brew House

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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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Sonido
Restaurants

Sonido

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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...

A shot of high tea plates with various foods at The Langham
Photograph: The Langham
Restaurants, Tea rooms

The best high teas in Melbourne

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. 

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