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The best chocolate shops in Melbourne

Treat your loved one or yourself to some of Melbourne's finest chocolate

By Nicola Dowse
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Chocolate is full of powerful antioxidants and helps the release of serotonin. Basically, it's good for you (or so we wish to believe). Melbourne is home to several specialty chocolate shops that would make even Willy Wonka a little jealous. 

If you're looking for chocolate in the form of gelato, you can find a list of Melbourne's best ice cream and gelato here.

Melbourne's sweetest chocolate shops

1. Bibelot

Restaurants South Melbourne

Bibelot is an ambitious proposition: espresso bar, gelateria, pâtisserie, café, and chocolate shop. You can spy on the chocolatier tempering away in the chocolate room, sit on the stylish-but-stark seats at the front and spy on Coventry Street, or occupy the emerald-green sofa in the café space at the back. There’s a glass-and-gold chest of drawers in the centre, stocked with Bibelot’s bags of grown-up lollies at grown-up prices: cocoa pop and orange-infused white chocolate; caramelised puff corn with milk chocolate and pink salt; chocolate nougat and so on. If you're going to give yourself a toothache, why not do it with style?

Koko Black
Koko Black
Photograph: Supplied

2. Koko Black

Restaurants Melbourne

This artisan chocolatier is located in the historic Royal Arcade, and it's not out of the ordinary to find a line snaking out into Bourke Street to get inside. Having mastered the fine art of European chocolate making, this luxury chocolate retailer sells everything from chocolate blocks and chocolate-coated roasted almonds to praline gift boxes and delicious hot chocolates. 

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3. Mörk Chocolate Brew House

Restaurants North Melbourne

Any Melburnian chocaholic worth their smoked salt already knows about Mörk’s artisan hot chocolate powders, served in Seven Seeds, St Ali and other café stalwarts. Mörk means ‘dark’ in Swedish; these chocolate powders come with a hefty cacao count. Husband-and-wife team Josefin and Kiril source cacao liquor from Venezuela, cocoa powder from Ghana and unrefined coconut blossom sugar from West Java, blending all three in their ‘brews’. Tarts, cookies, pralines and marshmallows are Mörk-made.

Jars of chocolate line a shelf
Jars of chocolate line a shelf
Photograph: Graham Denholm

4. Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio

Restaurants South Yarra

Darren Purchese is a sweet-fanged candy bandit and the man responsible for a salted caramel spread so good it has its own fan page. The Chapel Street magic store is full of desserts and products for making DIY home creations (fruit salad white chocolate, and toppings that crackle and fizz). Get your mittens on beautiful chocolate creations including cake pops, edible figurines, layer cakes and tarts. 

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5. East Elevation

Restaurants Brunswick

Thibault Fregoni, owner of Brunswick’s chocolate factory-cum-café, is the only chocolatier in Melbourne who is roasting, winnowing, grinding and refining his very own chocolate from raw cacao and selling it under the brand Monsieur Truffe. He’s a man obsessed with creating perfect chocolate from ethically sourced beans, and educating the public about origins and the production process through chocolate appreciation classes. Buy blocks of the finished product, distinguished by country of origin, or hit ’em up for a hot chocolate you could stand a spoon in.

6. Hahndorf's Fine Chocolates

Restaurants Balwyn North

These guys are out in North Balwyn and have been doing the chocolate-factory-cum-café gig for years before it was A Thing (as they somewhat tersely mention on their website). Expect traditional truffles and a bowl of hot chocolate the size of your head to drink while browsing.

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7. The Ministry of Chocolate

Restaurants Malvern

From humble beginnings at the Farmers Markets, The Ministry of Chocolate opened its own retail store supplying Melbourne with the finest of chocolate in 2012. They make everything in house, from their boxes of chocolates to seasonal treats like chocolate eggs, Christmas goodies and Valentine's Day treats for your loved ones. The Ministry of Chocolate's Malvern store also serves a range of cakes, slices and coffee. 

Chocolate bar at Ratio Roasters Melbourne
Chocolate bar at Ratio Roasters Melbourne
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8. Ratio Cocoa Roasters

Shopping Chocolate and sweets Brunswick

Ratio Cocoa Roasters is a bean-to-bar chocolate store that uses single-origin cacao beans to create handcrafted chocolate bars. Ratio’s tart – but delicious – dark chocolate is made up of only two ingredients: cocoa nibs and organic raw cane sugar that’s sourced from Brazil. Head to the Sydney Road store and try it for yourself or take part in one of Ratio’s behind-the-scenes chocolate tours, which give insight into the very Willy Wonka-like chocolate making process.

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A box of mixed chocolates and macarons
A box of mixed chocolates and macarons
Photograph: Supplied / Cacao

9. Cacao

Grab a box of Cacao's finest. This chocolaterie specialises in beautifully made filled chocolates, macarons and all manner of sweet treats. Cacao is owned by pastry chefs and chocolatiers Laurent Meric and Tim Clark, whose skills have taken them around the world. Cacao's retail store has now closed, but you can still order from them online

10. Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

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After becoming a landmark stop-over for families traipsing through the Yarra Valley, passionate chocolatiers have opened a new location along another popular holiday route. The Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery indulges kids and adults alike with more than 250 creamy European delights for sample and purchase. Along with chocolates and truffles, there can be nothing more refreshing during a hot summer road trip than a homemade ice cream. The café is also worth stopping by, which uses garden produce to provide meal options with a fondue, hot chocolate or ice cream to finish.

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11. Pana Chocolate

Restaurants Richmond

Chocolate that's dairy free, soy free, gluten free and vegan shouldn't be this delicious. In fact, we'd suspect that the folks behind Pana Chocolate's rich, smooth delights were wizards from the future if they didn't clearly outline their chocolate recipe on their website (spoiler: it involves cacao powder, agave nectar and coconut nectar). Find rows of colourful paleo-friendly cakes and individual chocolates – plus the full selection of their famous bars to unwrap later at their Richmond shop.

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