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The best chocolate shops in Melbourne

Sometimes, nothing is quite so satisfying as a good piece of chocolate

Photograph: Graham Denholm

Chocolate is full of powerful antioxidants and helps the release of serotonin. Basically, it's good for you (or so we wish to believe). If you're going to eat it, you may as well treat yourself to the best – these are our favourites. While you're on a roll, explore the best of Melbourne's hot chocolates. If something sweet but more civilised is in order, check out our guide to Melbourne's best high teas

Melbourne's best chocolate shops

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio

Darren Purchese is a sweet-fanged candy bandit and the man responsible for a salted caramel spread so good it has it’s own fan page. The Chapel street magic store of desserts and products for making DIY home creations (fruit salad white chocolate, and toppings that crackle and fizz) also has an Easter collection. Get your mittens around a bunch of salted caramel eggs, blue chicks, the cutest bunnies you’ll see this easter or humpty dumpty with a moustache. If you’re after a group gift they’ve got you covered with the ‘Fried Egg Choc Pop Box’ – ten milk choc pops filled with salted caramel, topped with mini white chocolate ‘fried’ eggs.

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South Yarra

Cacao Fine Chocolates

It’s as much about the gargantuan chocolate window displays as it is about the glistening handcrafted eggs and rabbits. This year, they’ve made chocolate adorable filling the window with goofy-looking chickens and chocolate minions– so cute. Buy an easter gift that’s a bit different like their golden egg made with milk chocolate praline or the eggs that look scarily like real soft-boiled eggs, yolk and all. If you’re in the city stop in at their new Cacao Lab, just opened in time for the chocolate season.

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East Elevation

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. 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.

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Hahndorf's Fine Chocolates

These guys are out in North Balwyn and have been doing the chocolate-factory-come-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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Balwyn North

Langham Chocolate Bar

If you’d rather do your Easter chocolatiering in one sit down session, you can’t go past the chocolate bar at the Langham. Indulge in a three-tiered spread of fudges, tarts, mousses and ganache. There’s occasionally a chocolate fountain too.

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Mámor Chocolates and High Tea Szalón

This is a sort of boudoir with chocolate, run by Hungarian saucepot Dr Hannah Frederick. Don’t expect a bag of cutesy chocolate chicks. Frederick’s velvet-draped shop purveys the likes of kangaroo salami chocolates, and she has an aphrodisiac range for men called Tomcat Alley. We love this temple to decadence, and we think you will too.

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The Ministry of Chocolate

From humble beginnings at the Farmers Markets to it’s own retail store supplying Melbourne with the finest of chocolate. You’ll feel like a kid when you get eyes on their Easter selection including the ‘Block Egg’ with pieces of coloured Lego chocolate around the outside or a giant ‘Freckle Egg’ filled with lots of little Freckles. For the footy fans, a 3kg, 2-foot chocolate bunny carrying a football chocolate egg.

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They make quite a chuffed-looking rooster here, along with all manner of statuesque chocolate creations that are as much art as food. The shop is good for a gawk and high calorie fix at any time (they do a chocolate degustation with Champagne at the Fitzroy cafe), but Easter is the no-holds-barred time for admiring serious feats of chocolate engineering. We can't get enough of their psychedelic egg cartons and handpainted hens.

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Treat yourself some more

The best high teas in Melbourne

Can we tempt you with a cucumber sandwich? How about a mini-cupcake while you decide from a list of 20 different varieties of tea? 

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By: Time Out editors