Whether you need an afternoon sugar-hit or extra-special Easter gift, you’re spoilt for choice in Melbourne. Here are some of our favourite ‘naughty but nice’ options for the chocolate (and hot-cross bun!) season.
Sweetie and Moustache
They’ve done it again. Sweetie and Moustache took three of our favourite things – chocolate, ice cream and cocktails – and turned them into one perfect hybrid of deliciousness. Their golden gaytime dessert cocktail is served in a gilded chocolate egg, nestled on a bed of mini cadbury eggs, topped off with an oozy caramel sauce drizzled wafer. After dinner drinks will never be the same.
More Easter cocktails
Need something to wash down all those hot cross buns? The sleek, chic Narnia-esque after work hang Trinket will be serving Eggspresso Martinis until Easter Sunday – featuring Espolon Reposado Tequila, Rose liqueur and espresso served in a decadent chocolate egg. Or head to new kids on the block Bar Clara for a hot cross bun inspired Old Fashioned, adding a seasonal twist on the classic drink with hot cross bun and brioche infused whisky, bitters, syrup and a smoky toasted marshmallow on top.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House
This divine chocolate cafe takes Easter to the next level. They create luxe eggs with pure chocolate and natural flavours like macadamia, native herbs, raspberry and juniper sherbet. There’s also the outrageously popular Triple Chocolate Mörk X Bun. Think chocolate, spices, candied orange zest, sour cherries and currants, plus a rich chocolate and orange ganache centre. Pre-order to make sure you get your paws on Mörk Chocolate Brew House’s decadent take on the humble hot-cross bun.
The sweet treats at Rustica are always top notch, but once again their clever cooks have outdone themselves this Easter. The hot-cross buns are back, luring us in with the scent of oranges, spices and fruit soaked in pear juice. There are also chocolate hot-cross buns and Rocky Road hot cross buns, part of the Rustica X Atypic range created with Atypic chocolatiers, and triple choc Easter cronuts. OMG! Other seasonal sweeties include cute little chocolate chicks-in-eggs, and the rather fancy Entremet Egg. It’s a wonder of chocolate-infused lemon myrtle mousse, liquid macadamia praline and rye biscuit brownie.
It’s that time again – Wonderbao are bringing back their hot cross bun bao for a super limited time. Think spiced baos stuffed with juicy sultanas and melted chocolate pieces, finished with generous lashings of Nutella.
Choose your Koko Black store, from Lygon Street in Carlton to Royal Arcade in the city, and get ready to give in. There are artfully moulded chocolate bunnies. There are all sorts of eggs, including traditional ones covered in colourful foil, but so much nicer than the supermarket kind. How about an egg-inspired chocolate lollypop, or pretty little praline eggs? There are also gift sets that include Easter treats and eternal faves like espresso chocolate macadamias. Resistance is futile.
What might look traditional at Godiva is anything but. Their range of chocolate Easter eggs, chicks and bunnies are not only adorable but pack a number of sweet little twists – think creamy centres filled with lemon ganache , speculoos mousse and crunchy hazelnut praline. If you want more than just take home chocolate, they’ll also be offering a special edition Easter ice-cream topped off with an exquisite chocolate Easter decoration. It’s all available until 30 April, so you can keep the Easter chocolate indulgence going until the end of the month.
Don’t just save Andrew McConnell’s understated Flinders Lane cafe-cum-restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cumulus Inc’s also good for coffee and pastry, though at this time of year we recommend tea and a spiced hot-cross bun. Baked daily, these slow-proved sweet breads have Goldilocks-level spice, raisins and sour berries, and are served freshly toasted with salted, cultured butter. Perfection.
T by Luxbite
The Asian-Australian pop-culture-loving treats at T by LuxBite are always delicious, but their Easter goodies are also positively adorable. Try The Chick, a nut-free mini-dessert of mango and passionfruit mousse, coconut panna cotta, pineapple compote and white chocolate sponge. Other cuties in their Easter range include a bunny and carrot (containing zero carrot but lots of vanilla and orange blossom mousse).
Loaded with Italian sophistication, the cake displays at Brunetti Carlton and Brunetti City are almost impossible to pass by. At Easter you’ve got no chance, because there are also lots of fancy eggs. They’re prettily packaged for gifting, but you’ll want a dark chocolate one splashed with gold for yourself too. Or maybe the red velvet dark chocolate egg, gleaming like a massive ruby. There are many other temptations, including for lucky little ones, like the rocky road egg with jellybeans, marshmallow and almonds. Buona Pasqua, Melbourne!
An Australian chocolate institution since 1915, Haigh’s do simple things well (hot tip: their peppermint dark chocolate frogs are awesome). Step inside one of their stores and you’re sure to find something perfect for him, her and you this Easter. Traditional treats include hand-decorated chocolate eggs, and chocolate hens with little foil-covered eggs. Then there’s the bilby range, Haigh’s much-loved local alternative to Easter bunnies. If you’re gluten-free shopping they’ve also got that covered, and if you need to make an impression there’s a $300 Easter pack.
Easter high teas
Melburnians will use any excuse to have a fancy afternoon tea, and Easter offers plenty of sweet indulgence. Among the venues putting on extra-special high teas is the Sofitel, where Sofi’s Lounge will host an Easter Sunday-only egg-spired sensation. On both Easter Saturday and Sunday, Park Hyatt Melbourne is offering a chocoholics high tea that includes a chocolate fountain. Be sure to book ahead for these teas, and consider wearing your most elegant stretchy pants.
This April, Pidapipo has teamed up with Hunted + Gathered to bring some very special Easter treats. From Good Friday they’ll be serving up a Colomba Gelato Sandwich, and a limited edition gelato flavour and chocolate bar. The Colomba sandwich is a traditional Italian Easter cake adorned with pearl sugar and almonds. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, we don’t know what will!