Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical has hit Melbourne and it’s got us craving all things sugary and delicious. Here’s a round-up of dessert bars and cafes that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Drop-in for a pre or post-show treat, or stop past next time you’re feeling a little peckish. Any excuse will do.
In collaboration with Darren Purchese and his team from Burch and Purchese, The Westin Melbourne has launched a pop-up Wonka Bar. Indulge in the ‘black forest and chocolate river’, a ‘golden ticket’, a ‘fizzy citrus burp’ and more wonderful delights to satisfy that sugar craving and transport you back to your childhood. Don’t miss the edible garden and a 3.4m chocolate installation.
Om Nom has released two limited-edition Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired cocktails. Pop in before or after the show for a ‘pure imagination’, made with Baileys and Frangelico. Or transport yourself into the infamous bubblegum scene and go for ‘the three-course dinner’ cocktail, served up in three test tubes.
Mörk Chocolate Brewhouse
For next-level hot chocolate, head into Mörk Chocolate Brewhouse. We recommend the signature campfire chocolate or cacao tasting flight. Plus their beans are ethically sourced and brewed, which makes us love them even more.
Belgian Chocolatier Godiva is a part cafe and part boutique where you can choose from their delicious dine-in menu and grab some treats to take home. Our eyes are on the Belgian waffles, chocolate covered pretzels and ultimate hot-chocolate. If you can’t decide, go for something unique and try a croiffle, a cross between a croissant and waffle.
Kep Whitley is famous for ice-cream, chocolates and treats that look more like pieces of art than something you’d eat (but that’s not going to stop us). Drop-in for a bite or choose from their range of delicious hot and cold drinks.
One of Australia’s most renowned dessert chefs, Christy Tania, has created Glace, a total dessert experience where everything lives in a yellow submarine. Pick from the range of bespoke ice-cream flavours, cakes and specialty sweets like their frozen push-pops. For the Instagrammers among us, you’ll definitely want to snap these sweet treats that look just too good to eat.
Sweetie and Moustache Dessert Lounge
Sweetie and Moustache Dessert Lounge is famous for its layered crepe cakes, but we love it for so much more. Like the souffle pancakes, loaded honey toast and range of specialty cocktails. Not-to-mention the rooftop bar which is perfect on a sunny spring day.
La Belle Miette
French patisserie La Belle Miette is a macaron-lovers dream, with many flavours to choose from and a huge range of specialty chocolates and treats. For the full experience, order a herbal tea or artisanal lemonade. Find them in Collins Street and Hardware Lane.
Drop into any of the five Koko Black locations across the city for daily chocolate sampling and a huge range of blocks, boxes, gifts and more. For a dine-in experience your taste buds won’t forget, pop into the lounge at 52 Collins Street.
For total dessert indulgence, head to Damon Bradley. Some menu highlights include their ice-cream sundaes, chocolate fondant or slow-roasted pears with white chocolate cheesecake. Pair your dessert with a matching glass of wine, or opt for a dessert martini, indulgent milkshake or a classic high-tea.