World Chocolate Day is on 7 July, but we’re always advocates of getting ahead and starting early. Here are some places to start you off on your sugary journey as well as where to celebrate on the day.
Chocolate afternoon tea at The Windsor
If you’ve had high tea at The Windsor and found yourself gravitating towards the treat section, this decadent chocolate buffet – featuring chocolate from French dessert gurus ‘Weiss’ – is made for you. For two days only you can indulge in chocolate éclairs, chocolate macarons, a chocolate fountain, native Australian hot chocolate and more, all in the gorgeous surrounds of the historic Windsor Hotel. And with a dedicated gluten free section, no chocolate lover will be left behind. Book now for sessions across the world chocolate day weekend, on 6 and 7 July.
Nuts About Tella
There are two kinds of people: those who like Nutella, and those who are nuts about it. Whichever you are, you’ll want to check out Nuts About Tella, whose menu is loaded with this choc-hazelnut spread. From sweet pizzas and burgers to shakes and ice-cream, they always say yes to Nutella!
Vegan and dairy free inclined dessert lovers need not despair on this most sacred of days. Weirdoughs invite all plant based pastry lovers to the World Chocolate Day party with a full range of decadent baked goodies, all made sans dairy, eggs and any other animal products. Take on their newly launched fondue croissant cube, where Instagram’s favourite cubic croissant has been hollowed out and filled to the brim with melted vegan chocolate. Or opt for choc drizzled cookie dough croissants, oat milk hot chocolates, vegan chocolate gelato and more.
The Windsor dessert cafe and shop by Om Nom’s former pastry chef, Christy Tania, now has a CBD sibling. Sweet dreams come true at Glacé, a yellow submarine full of eclectic ice-cream, fancy cakes and their ice-cream cake love-children. Chocolate lovers on the go can keep a keen eye for the dark chocolate ‘Gateau de Voyage’, a decadent ‘travel cake’ purpose made to to last over long journeys.
If your dessert pizza isn’t covered in a tower of cannoli, you’re just not doing it right. The dessert of Willy Wonka’s dreams, A25‘s ‘Bomba’ Nutella pizza is loaded with buffalo ricotta cannoli, sweet strawberries and melted chocolate.
Sweetie & Moustache
Sweetie & Moustache put a cocoa twist on Japanese ‘Honey Toast’, pouring rich chocolate ganache all over their bread-based creations. Try out their decadent homemade pouring chocolate on the tiramisu flavour toast, or grab a multi-layered black forest crepe cake – featuring chocolate ganache, chocolate crepes and cream chocolate sponge – before climbing the stairs to their gorgeous green rooftop area. Bring your sweetie along with you, because there’s no chance you’re finishing this alone.
This Melbourne institution has been pouring the good stuff for more than 10 years. Try a decadent take on an iced chocolate in Royal Arcade, where salted caramel and fresh chocolate milk is poured over vanilla bean ice cream, or head to Lygon Street for an after dinner dessert degustation platter. And if all you want is a box of curated chocolate delights, they also have a kiosk store at the Queen Vic Market.
Described by Australian Gourmet Traveller as ‘Melbourne dessert royalty’, the chocolate soufflé at Grossi Florentino is the stuff of legend. It’s a perfect balance between light and rich, chocolatey and nutty and soft and creamy.
A crossover between rich chocolate and the national pride that is pavlova, Chokolait’s famous chocolate pavlova is a must. Topped with dollops of cream, fresh strawberries and chocolate, this dessert is all about treating yourself.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House has grown so much over the years, but it all comes back to the original Insta-famous ‘campfire’ hot chocolate for us. The steaming drink combines dark chocolate and charcoal salt with an upside down glass full of fragrant beechwood smoke, served beside a toasted vanilla bean marshmallow.
Ganache Chocolate’s chocolate lounge on Collins Street is Melbourne’s own Willy Wonka factory, with decadent cakes, delicate macarons and a heavenly chocolate selection that begs for a taste. Most chocolates are temptingly gluten free, including bars packed with ginger and orange, chilli almond chocolates and moulded sweets.
Hash Specialty Coffee And Roasters’ hot chocolate
They may be primarily about giving java junkies a quality fix, but Hash Specialty Coffee And Roasters also have addictive hot chocolate. Take some photos before pouring the science lab beaker of 85% Mörk hot chocolate into the cup of milk-flavoured fairy floss. The #HashHotChocolate is Instagram gold, and a truly scrumptious dessert in a cup.
Where to keep the chocolate coming
The Chocolate Box – The chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate bullets and the very adult ‘Belgian-style Gianduja’ on offer at the Chocolate Box make this Collins Place stalwart a must visit for cocoa enthusiasts.
Damon Bradley – There’s no lack of chocolate on the dessert menu at Southbank’s Damon Bradley. They also host regular high teas and workshops, so you too can master the art of chocolate indulgence.
Grand Trailer Park – the waffle sandwich served with nutella parfait, fresh cream and strawberries and drizzled with more nutella is a must try at Grand Trailer Park.
Take a chocolate tour – Hit the streets for those tasty sweets with the Charming Chocolate Tour, or diversify your indulgence with a stroll dedicated to both chocolate and dessert. Go deep on chocolate intel with the Royal Botanic Gardens Chocolate and Spice walk, where you’ll learn new recipes, see food plants growing in the gardens and end on a delicious hot choc note.